Printed from the blog of Lori Greene, AHC/CDC, CCPR, FDAI
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Jul 26 2011

INNadequate Closer (& More!)

I spent last weekend in Stowe, Vermont with one of my BFFs and we stayed at an “inn,” which seems to mean bigger than a bed and breakfast but not as modern as a hotel.  As my friend said, “I got the keys…they’re real keys – how quaint!”  I won’t get into how the lock on our room had to be unlocked with the thumbturn before you could turn the knob for egress, but I will share the completely inadequate mini-closer on the exterior door adjacent to our room.  The door never closed and latched, and the kitchen staff hung out on the landing smoking butts (not the hinge kind).  Good thing we had the high-security privacy chain on our room door.

Here are some other doors we saw in Stowe…

This is the entrance to the Trapp Family Lodge.  The doorman looks scared.  I get that a lot.

We went on the Ben and Jerry’s tour and I asked permission to take these photos in the top-secret zone.  The “vault door” did not appear to be a required means of egress.  Note that the marked exit door in the highly decorated corridor is completely plain.  In the 4th photo, the door with the ingredients on it is not an egress door, the one that’s held open (and less intricately painted) is an exit.

I saw this style on two different churches.  I’m not a big fan of the giant paneled transom:

Those crossbar devices can be tricky.

And finally, we saw these in an antique shop and my friend said, “See?!  You’re not the only weird one.”  That’s comforting.  The funny thing is…I bet some of you are wondering what the name of the store is so you can call and purchase them over the phone.  🙂

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5 Responses to “INNadequate Closer (& More!)”

  1. Rachel Smith says:

    Well, yes I want those bookends! Love the pictures at Ben and Jerry’s. Years ago when we lived in Vermont we had the opportunity to buy stock in them (only open to Vermonters). Well $100 seemed like a lot of money and we didn’t. The rest is history. Still love their ice cream, just wish I was a stockholder.

  2. Lee Francisco says:

    Oh yes! I want those key bookends!

  3. Hal says:

    I bet those those bookends are already proudly displayed in your office!

  4. Justin Ritter CSI, CDT says:

    I have bookends that are door knobs with fancy escutcheons in 10B finish. They’re nice, but not as cool as the keys!

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