September 1, 2011

We’re going back to Bristol for our door today, for my favorite door color – bright red!  This door looks like it might belong to a Georgian home, but it’s hard to tell without the portico. There’s almost a faux portico (does that make it a fauxtico?) in the columns and pediment above, but it’s not quite traditional enough to be pure-Georgian.

Let’s start at the bottom, and work our way up.  The bottom level of stone around the edge of the doorway has been painted black, which provides a nice, solid, and clean base. You can see a black fence on either side. The columns reaching up on either side are not complete, but are only in relief. It seems like some repair work has been done on these columns, because the edge is a different color (of plaster?) than the rest of the column – perhaps they were damaged with age?  If you look up towards the top of the columns, you can clearly see that the stone has been cleaned, but only in the immediate area around the door – the outside edges of the columns and pediment are black with filth. I don’t understand why you would only clean part of the stone, and not the whole frontice.

The pediment at the top is in the traditional triangular shape, although it’s missing the bottom portion and the bottom two corners only have a slight ledge to suggest the third side. There are some nice grooves running along in the inside of the triangle – these appear to be in really good shape. So either they haven’t been damaged by air pollution over the years, or this section was renovated.

I think the oddest part of this door is the half-circle shaped window between the door and the pediment up above. Circles and triangles don’t usually go together very well (at least, not if I remember by lessons with blocks from pre-school.)  And the fact that the glass is quite recessed makes it a little dark.  The owners have tried to counter-act this by painting the interior of the arch (and the inside the actual door frame) a bright white – and while it does make the door like a little more crisp, I think it just highlights the dirty stone on the outer edges!

The red door itself is quite interesting. As I mentioned, red is my favorite color for a door – although on the odd day I’m partial to blue as well.  The brass doorknob sits right in the middle of this door, although it seems a bit high to me.  I suppose it had to be placed there to match the relief shapes on the door.  There are two locks on this door, and a teeny tiny post slot. Perhaps this is the solution to junk mail?  I don’t think you can fit any of those awful catalogs through there – it’s too narrow! Only real letters, please!

I am curious as to the rectangular white box up at the top of the door. It’s got a matching shape to the other shapes on the door – so obviously it’s meant to be there, but it looks a bit tacked on. Is it part of the original doorbell, perhaps?

I particularly like the number on this door. It’s simple, clear, and a lovely font that matches the overall design. If only they’d get in there and clean up the rest of that stone!