This white, double-door can be found in Farnham, and actually sits below street level. There us a step down from the sidewalk to the bottom of the door; consequently the door must open inward rather than outward. I wonder whether this was always the case, or if the street and sidewalk were, at some point, raised up, while the door was left alone. The placard and doorbell to ring for wheelchair assistance perhaps provides a clue supporting my theory!
This door has undergone quite a few makeovers, which you can see if you look carefully. There is a square in the upper left corner that looks like a replacement piece, or perhaps it’s just become mis-aligned with the rest of the door. There is also a security bar crossing both doors just below the handle and lock, but it’s been painted over. It looks like it was cut through, so that the door can still open. Why was it left on, in that case? Why not remove the piece of metal, instead of cutting through it and painting it over? Curiouser and curiouser!
These doors are made up of three square panels each, which gives a nice regularity and consistency to the doorway. The proportions are nice, and the inset on the square panels are not too much. The door is surrounded by a white frame, made up of two columns on either side and a half-circle arch at the top. For a double door, I usually like my columns to be slightly wider, to really anchor the door, but these do a pretty good job as-is. The archway at the top is particularly lovely, although you can see that the width of the arch is slightly wider than the width of the columns. This should really match exactly. The detailing on the glass is nice, with a fan shape radiating out from the center-point. There are decorative circles between each rib, and the circular shapes give a nice contrast to the square panels below.
It’s always hard to estimated measurements, but it seems like there is a six-inch gap between the white frame of the door and the beginning of the brickwork. This has been whitewashed, and provides an extra layer surrounding the doorframe. If it had been painted any other color, it would look like the door was floating in a sea of nothingness, but the white does a good job of extending the envelope of the doorway.
The brickwork is fairly old, which you can tell because of how tiny the bricks are. Those are not standard size! They also appear to be fairly uneven, suggesting that they were mad-made rather than machine produced. I am not a big fan of the white marble (?) stripe running along the top of the wall, as it interferes with the archway above the door. It also looks pretty dirty and dingy.
My favorite part is the lantern along the right-hand side. It’s a delicate little light, but too many doors don’t have a source of illumination.