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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Walkabout Wednesday: Red Doors


Law Office Door - of a firm on a small side street in Philadelphia
A red door stands out.  In some cultures, it is considered a sign of good luck and fortune to have a red door as our entrance. Feng Shui states that red is associated with fire and energy, so having a red door as your entry way brings energy into your home, one of the five elements of Feng Shui you want to have.  I think, as many decorators will attest, that red doors are a beautiful accent to a home, giving it a pop of colour and focal point. 

As I do my usual walkabouts through Philadelphia and Collingswood, Red doors really are much more noticeable amide a sea of brown, white, and blah doors.  The photographic problem with finding so many red doors is to choose the ones that have other interesting details. Wrought Iron, interesting door handles and knockers, mouldings and kick plates.  My photographic Iphone Eye is drawn towards the bright and unusual.  These are my findings from over the past 2 months.

The above door, at a law firm in Philadelphia, off of a small side street, was very interesting to me, but I was first taking a photo of a funny sign outside of their offices.  Turns out they had created the funny sign, and I thought it was a piece of street art. The lawyers of the firm, all mid-30 year old handsome men, were friendly and chatty - and not all stuffy and conservative as one might expect a group of attorneys to behave.  After I snapped a photo of their street sign, I went back to take a photo of their door to add to my "collection".

St. Mark's Church - 16th and Locust Streets - High Episcopal church

St. Mark's Church door detail

St. Mark's church door handle detail
Church doors, especially of the Christian variety - Anglo, Lutheran, Catholic, Presbyterian, Episcopal - do tend to be red and can be ornate.  The reasons are many: blood of Christ; symbolic safe haven; sign of the Holy Spirit; blood of the Pascal Lamb and sacrifice.  Like with red house or office doors, I needed to find doors that piqued my interest.  St. Mark's Church doors are very decorative. I could photograph many elements of their building as the whole structure and grounds are remarkable.
Side door on 16th and Pine Street

Side door on Pine Street detail of grate w/unintentional "selfie"
A small, side door, between a store and an apartment building caught my eye one day when I was driving home down Pine Street.  I made sure to do a walkabout back to the area so I could check out this door.  It's smaller than a front door - hence its side door qualities.  The door has been heavily repainted and still has evidence of graffiti, old and new.  I love what looks like could have been wrought iron brackets and buckles on the door frame at the top.  Plus the flourish of the safety grate over the glass front makes for security and beauty. Form and function.
B n B door on Rittenhouse Street.  Fairly typical style with added brass accents
I'm a sucker for fancy brass accent pieces. I liked the Claddagh handclasp door knocker.
Olde City Philadelphia door
Originally, I was noticing the door knob, set in an unusual way on the door - lower down and recessed into a brass funnel-like setting.  Then I notice the large glass panes and the fact that it was a very bold cherry red door.  It was difficult to NOT take my own photo in the reflection of the door's glass panes.  I like a good selfie now and then, but now was not the time - besides I was wearing red pants on the day I took this photo - it would have been too much of a study in red!
First Baptist Church of Philadelphia corner of 17th and Sansom

The church on the corner of 17th and Sansom Street is a very old stone, neo-gothic style church.  It shows it's age in the mottling and weather stains on the stones and downspouts.  The church is used for a variety of functions, worship services, concerts, theater productions, as well as a host for many support service organizations.  In Philadelphia, we have a church on nearly every other block in some neighborhoods. Rittenhouse square is home to at least at least 10 in less than a 10 block radius, all still in high operation.  1st Baptist Church doors weren't as interesting to me for their rosy hue or iron fixtures, it was the no loitering sign that caught my eye.  As tony as the area is, we have a very large problem with our homeless, our drug addicts and with solicitors of all "types" be they the day or night variety...I bet I'm one of the few people to take notice and pay heed to the sign.

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