This weekend I left my computer at home (yes, really!) and headed to Cape Cod for my brother’s wedding. The wedding was held in North Truro, and the kids had heard me say several times that we were going to “Truro.” Well, my kids go to a bilingual school and are fluent in Spanish. All along they thought we were going to “Churro,” and expected to see a slew of the cinnamon-sugary donut-stick type pastries on arrival. The disappointment didn’t stop there – we didn’t see any sandwiches in Sandwich, and luckily – no obvious pee in P-Town (the common nickname for Provincetown, Massachusetts).
We did see lots of doors, though! My son was even pointing them out from the moving car, although he has now decided not to become a hardware consultant. He announced today that after getting his diploma online (he obviously watches too much TV), he is going to be an “Aquamarine Biologist.” 🙂
Since the kids skipped school on Friday, we stopped at the Jenney Grist Mill in Plymouth for an educational experience. The miller didn’t disappoint – he taught us all about the history of the mill built by John Jenney in 1636 (the current mill is a reconstruction on the original site), how the mill works, the herring that swim past each spring to spawn in the pond, and other historical trivia. This door is a pretty convincing copy of one of the originals.
When I first saw these two pairs in Provincetown, they were wide open so I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary other than the fact that they were cool old doors. We passed them again early the next morning, and I spotted the unusual wide throw hinges. The hinges on the two doors that meet back to back are different from the hinges on the other two. My daughter’s hat (photo below) actually came from this store, and she insisted on wearing it most of the weekend. As if I don’t attract enough attention taking photos of doors.
Our waiter for dinner on Friday night told us we HAD to go check out the P-Town Library. He didn’t say why, just instructed us to go in and take the elevator to the 3rd floor. I didn’t expect to see anything very exciting…I mean, it’s a public library – what could it be? But we’re always up for an adventure, so we went to the library, where I found a narrow pair that had been converted to an unequal pair to meet accessibility and egress requirements, as well as a blocked exit (construction outside) – and that was before we even got to the 3rd floor! Our surprise – the Rose Dorothea – a half-scale model of a 1907 schooner that won the 42-mile Fisherman’s Race, coincidentally held on my birthday 60 years before my birth. I have to say – it was pretty amazing. To get an idea of the size, look at the exit door in the far left.
The house across the street from the library had a garden full of sculpture, two beautiful gates, and gorgeous glass in the front doors. I’d love to get a peek inside!
This gate was gigantic, but what I noticed was the keypad placement – and the extremely rusty mag-lock. This is what happens when you mount a mag-lock outside, about 100 yards from the ocean. This mag-lock and armature do not appear to be a couple, so it looks like there may have been 2 attempts to make this application work so far. What product would you recommend for this application? Please leave a comment if you have ideas!
The Provincetown Town Hall has entrance doors that give the look and feel of security – look at how thick they are.
A few more random doors that I liked:
We saw this cool old boiler room door in the restroom hallway of a strip mall today, and on the adjacent door, an LCN potbelly closer still going strong.
And last, but not least, this was in an ice cream shop in P-Town. Why is it that I feel like one of the few people on Earth who think this is an issue?? I guess you could always jump over the freezer in an emergency.