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Moroccan Doors

I have visited 10 countries in Africa, so in honor of the first African country to host a visitor to this website (the 38th country to visit the site!), I decided to post an African door photo from my collection.  I searched through the albums of my trips and found hundreds of photos of elephants, […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

In honor of *Turkey Day*, here are some absolutely gorgeous “Doors of Turkey”: ________________________________________________________________________________________ Photo Credits: Levent Sadik Kucukdaban, Yucel Tellici, Sophia Tsibikaki, Serdar Yagci, Sufi70, Erik deGraaf, Refik Ongan. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

Urban Exploration

I think I may have found the perfect hobby for myself.  Not that I need anything else to keep me busy, but I recently discovered the art of Urban Exploration, which combines my love of photography, architecture, and adventure. According to Wikipedia, Urban Exploration (AKA urbex or UE) is “the examination of the normally unseen […]

Caño Negro

Yesterday we went to Caño Negro, a wildlife refuge near the Nicaraguan border.  I saw no doors of note, but I did see a mother sloth with her baby, which was SO COOL!! We saw tons of other animals including iguanas and other lizards, caymans, white-faced and howler monkeys, at least 20 different kinds of […]

Tomb Doors

Last week I attended a security meeting for a new horticulture building at the Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  I’ve written hardware specs for hundreds of projects but never a building for a cemetery.  I had never been to Mt. Auburn, so I looked it up on Google Maps, my first clue that this […]

Doors of the Hurva

It has been a while since I’ve received a new batch of photos from Israel but these were worth the wait.  The Hurva is a reconstructed synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem, with a long, storied history.  Construction on the original synagogue began in the early 1700’s, but the unfinished building was destroyed in […]

Portland Preview

I spent the weekend in Portland, Maine, and I think I may be in love.  What a beautiful city!  I was there for my sister-in-law’s baby shower and I think I made my brother and SIL a little nervous driving and door-hunting at the same time.  It was kind of a rainy weekend so I’ll […]


It’s been almost a year since I started keeping track of which countries have visited this site, and the count currently stands at 110 countries.  WOW!  The visits from new countries has slowed dramatically since there are already so many on the list, so I thought it might be fun to post a door photo […]

Olive Knuckle / Paumelle Hinges

I haven’t thought much about these since I was in DHI school (a really long time ago), but today I saw two types of paumelle hinges along with some olive knuckle hinges in the same facility.  Beautiful hinges, but a very tough door and frame prep. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this […]

Piano Storage

Last night’s CSI meeting was a tour of the recently-completed Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, Massachusetts.  It was kind of a hike especially with the threat of traffic problems, but I thought I might be able to get some good door pictures. I’m so glad I went!  There were some really interesting door applications, […]

Happy 4th!

I’m really starting to think that between photos from readers and the way the internet connects me to the world, I could just stay in my house and still have plenty of doors to write about.  I’m currently at our “camp” which depending on where you are in the country could be defined as a […]

Irish Castle Doors

Unfortunately, these door photos from Ireland are not mine, since I’m currently on a stay-cation in the 95-degree heat.  I received them from Bob Caron of Kelley Brothers of New England, and they were taken by his niece, Emily Hogue, on a recent trip to Ireland.  Thanks Emily! These are from the Clontarf Castle Hotel […]

RM Global

A couple of weeks ago I got a notification that someone wanted to connect with me on LinkedIn, and it turned out to be an architect that I worked with on several projects many moons ago, Reese Schroeder.  When I checked out his profile I found that he is the co-founder and Director of Product […]

Custom Door Pulls

Someone sent me this photo of the custom door pulls made by Tice Industries for the Danner Shoe Manufacturing Company, and I thought they were so cool that I asked Scott Tice to send me more photos of their custom door pulls.  They have other custom capabilities as well, so check them out! All photos […]

Reader Photos: Cruise Ship Doors

I have received SO MANY reader photos lately – THANK YOU!  Jim White of Doornorth & Millwork Specialties sent me a whole bunch of door photos from a recent cruise that he went on.  I think I need to go do some research! Does anyone know what the little hinged panel is at the bottom […]

The Parthenon – Nashville, Tennessee

I’ve been to Nashville a few times, but somehow I missed seeing the replica of the Parthenon while I was there.  Luckily I received some reader photos of the gigantic doors there, and I also found some photos on Flickr and obtained permission to share them here.  Nashville’s replica of the Parthenon was originally built for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial […]

The Bear Door

Last spring, one of my friends sent me a link for a “den-cam,” where Lily the black bear was hibernating and eventually gave birth to her cub, Hope.  There were over 20,000 people watching the den-cam for the big event.  I was not one of them (although someday I would love to have enough leisure […]

MGM Grand Theater

As promised, I have some photos to post from my recent trip to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.  I don’t typically mention the locations of the photos I post, usually because I don’t want to get in trouble for showing their code violations.  Well, I’m not a gambler so I had plenty of time […]

Wicket Doors

The first time I ever saw a wicket door, it was for a post office project and I was working on the shop drawings.  I haven’t run into a whole lot of them since, but I saw a pair last weekend and risked the embarrassment of my friends to take some photos.  The employee at […]

Casino Wrap-Up

Considering how many photos I took of doors during my Mommy’s weekend at Foxwoods, it’s a good thing I’m not a gambler.  I wouldn’t have had any time to check out the doors if I was stuck at the slots.  I can’t imagine what Las Vegas will be like…I hope I don’t get arrested like […]

Ballroom Entrance

The hotel in Las Vegas where we had our sales meeting had a Moroccan theme…I felt right at home since my husband is originally from Morocco and I love that style.  The entrance doors to the ballroom had a pattern created by contrasting stain and oversized metal brads.  They’re labeled doors so I wonder whether […]

Even More Reader Photos

Eyal Bedrik of Entry Systems Ltd. sent me a plethora of photos recently.  I think he sent his entire “Creative Closers of Israel” file.  🙂 Steve Poe of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies found this door at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City: And from Dave Saltmarsh of Westfield State College, a couple […]

Ellis Island

I know some of you will remember “Chip Falcon’s Road Trip” from a couple of years ago.  For those of you who weren’t readers of this blog back then…I usually go on a road trip with my family every summer.  In the summer of 2009, I had to take a Falcon 25 series panic device […]

WW: Seclusion Room

View through window in door of seclusion room – Middletown State Hospital. Photo by Richard Nickel, Jr. To see more of Richard’s amazing photos of the effects of time on many gorgeous abandoned buildings, please visit his blog: The Kingston Lounge. If you’d like to learn more about present-day recommendations for behavioral healthcare, there’s a […]

WW: Ghiberti Doors, San Francisco

These photos were taken by Wally Gobetz, at the Grace Chapel in the Nob Hill section of San Francisco.  You can see more photos and read about the doors in Wally’s Flickr photostream, and here’s a story about the original Ghiberti doors in Smithsonian Magazine.   You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this […]

WW: Roman Hardware Identification

Scott Foley of JC Ryan EBCO sent me this photo he took in Rome and wondered what the decorative metal components in the corners are.  Anybody know?  What’s their purpose and what are they called? Here’s another version, from Sam Stearman: And one with a bonus wicket door from Melanie B:   You need to […]

WW: Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

I dedicate today’s (almost) Wordless Wednesday post to my wonderful Moroccan mother-in-law, who passed away on Memorial Day. The gigantic titanium doors above lead to the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. They reportedly weigh 10 tons, and are operated electrically.  To give you an idea of the scale, that’s me sitting in front of […]

E.R. Butler & Co.

I’ve been in the door and hardware business for a long time – almost 25 years.  While I’m still passionate about the products, the industry, and our customers, there are some days when I’m not quite as excited as I once was.  It’s kind of like the old, “I love you but I’m not in […]

Ogunquit, Maine

We headed to Ogunquit, Maine for Father’s Day…Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! There are plenty of picturesque doors in Ogunquit, with narrow pairs being a very common sight. After a brief thunderstorm we saw two rainbows!  Here’s one of them. Another example of obstructed egress in a restaurant… While I was […]

Rocky Mountain Hardware

I have always loved Rocky Mountain Hardware, so when I received an invitation to visit their manufacturing facility I was really excited!  Unfortunately, I don’t have plans to go to Idaho any time soon, but the good news is that RMH has a video on their website that details their manufacturing process.  It’s almost like […]

WW: Kansas Statehouse

Wow!  Feast your eyes on this retrofit 994L lever trim for a Von Duprin 98/99 device.  It was made by Cirecast, for the Kansas Statehouse.  Gorgeous!   Photos submitted by Andy Buse of Von Duprin, posted with permission from Peter Morenstein of Cirecast, Inc. You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC

Today I had the pleasure of visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.  My trusty guide for the tour was Rachel Smith of Karpen Steel, who suggested the Biltmore as a stop on my road trip and then arranged for the visit to the estate. If you haven’t been to the Biltmore Estate, you […]

WWYD? – Church Pair Meeting Stiles

I saw this church from the highway on our way into Roanoke, Virginia last week – it’s St. Andrews Catholic Church, and I just knew it would have some nice doors.  As soon as I approached the building from the parking lot, I spotted the meeting stile gasketing.  Most people would probably see the building […]

WW: Flint Memorial Hall, North Reading MA

I love this building – Flint Memorial Hall.  It was built in 1875 as “the largest, most elegant, and most modern building North Reading had ever seen.” The front entrance isn’t much to write home about, but check out the side entrance.  This pair has to be around 9′ tall and I don’t think it’s […]

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 […]

Reader Photos

Here’s the latest batch of photos sent in by blog readers.  Thanks everyone! The photos were sent in by Jim Bystry of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, and were sent to him by Randy Roberts of Chown Hardware.  Have any of you seen a lock like this?  Tell us about it!  [I was originally told that […]

“¿Donde estan los churros?”

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 […]

WW: The Greatest Step is Out the Door

I’m getting ready to teach a code class for the Massachusetts Locksmiths Association (anybody want to play Code Jeopardy??) so I don’t have a lot of time to post tonight, but thanks to Bob Borson (Life of an Architect), Ginny Powell (A Cracked Door) and Martin Badke (Laux Myth…Thoughts From a Locksmith), I ran across […]

Doors of Indiana

I coincidentally received these two sets of photos on the same day.  Who knew there was such cool hardware in Indiana?? These are from Mary Hinton of Mulhaupt’s.  I’ve never seen hinges like these.  Have you? And from Cory Yamaguchi of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, amazing pulls on art gallery doors.  Thanks to both of […]

Miss Me? :-)

As many of you know, I took some time off last week.  The plugin I had installed to scroll random posts broke my mobile site so I had to uninstall it.  Hopefully you all read that last delayed egress post in depth to keep you occupied.  🙂 I caught up on a lot of stuff […]

Mouldering State Hospital

After the post on smoke doors I know I was ready for a break and I thought you might be too.  I love photographs of urban decay, and Ward9 features some amazing photos of really interesting and often beautiful architectural ruins.  I asked for permission to share a couple of the photos with you…go check […]

1,000 Door Building by Choi Jeong-Hwa

Maybe I’m becoming too predictable.  Two people sent me links to information about this 10-story building in Korea covered with 1,000 recycled doors.  I love it!  It kind of reminds me of my visit to Greenwich Lock and Safe, with the facade covered in keys.  In both cases the creators are artists, sharing their art with […]

Indiana War Memorial

My friends in Indy have obviously been holding out on me.  I visited downtown Indianapolis in the frigid 14-degree weather last week, with the only thing standing between me and a broken hip my extremely inappropriate clogs, but it was worth it to see the gorgeous doors on the Indiana War Memorial. There are more […]

Road Trip – Cape Cod

It’s school vacation week and we took the kids to the Cape for a few days.  Here are some of the doors we’ve seen on our trip. The kids are AMAZED by the dollar bills taped all over the hotel bar.  The bartender told me that there are more than 10,000 bills. This windmill is […]

WW: The Kennedy Church – Hyannis, Massachusetts

Some more doors from our winter vacation…Saint Francis Xavier Church, also known as “The Kennedy Church” because it was the summer parish of John F. Kennedy as well as many of the other Kennedys.   You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

Cathedral of the Holy Cross – Boston, Massachusetts

Last weekend we braved the crowds and took the kids to the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade.  The weather was AMAZING!!!  And so was this gorgeous antique fire engine: After the parade we spent some time moseying around town and enjoying the sunshine.  I spotted these doors at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross […]

One of these things is not like the others…

I went out to dinner tonight with some of the specwriters from the class that we’re teaching in Delaware.  Those of you who are in the hardware business may spot the special guest who joined us for dinner.  😀 The restaurant had some really nice doors, but we all agreed that magnetic catches are NOT […]

WW: Fort Independence, Castle Island

This pair of doors is the entrance to Fort Independence on Castle Island in Boston, a five-bastioned fort built between 1834 and 1851.  These doors look old enough to be original…with a little repair work at some point. If you’re a history buff, here’s a short history and virtual tour of Fort Independence: You need […]

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

A story arrived in my inbox today, regarding the tradition of the Holy Fire at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.  The day before Easter each year, clerics emerge from the small room believed to be the site of Jesus’ tomb with a flame which is then spread among the pilgrims crowding the […]

Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, Ringling Museum – Sarasota, Florida

Since this is school vacation week and I had to work in Miami for a couple of days, I flew the kids down to their grandparents’ and now I am taking a few days “off” in sunny Florida.  As most of you know, I’m never completely off…I’m always taking care of email and keeping my […]

WWYD? Concealed Closers at the Peabody Opera House

I recently received an email from Steve Needy, who maintains the beautiful and recently-renovated Peabody Opera House in downtown St. Louis.  During the renovation, many of the original (1932) LCN 206 concealed closers were rebuilt and reinstalled.  Steve’s problem was that the spring power made some of the doors difficult for some visitors to open, […]

Universal Studios Orlando

When I was in Florida a couple of weeks ago for the IAPSC conference, it also happened to be school vacation week so I brought the kids along for a visit to my parents’ house.  They all survived while I was in Miami Beach, so when I got back from the conference I took them […]

Science Museum

My youngest daughter graduated from kindergarten today, so we played hookey and took her to the Museum of Science.  I didn’t forget about y’all though.  Here are a few photos from the trip. On the entrance and exit doors for the Butterfly Garden, strong fans have been installed above the doors to blow the butterflies […]

Reader Photos

Danny Estryk of Entry Systems Ltd. sent me these photos of some very early offset pivots.  The wood doors and the other portion of the pivots that were attached to them are long gone, but the stone portion remains.  This opening is at the Belvoir Fortress in the Jordan Valley of Israel, built by the […]

St. James Cathedral, Seattle

Last week I was a panelist for the BOMA Every Building Conference and Expo in Seattle.  It was a pretty busy couple of days but I was able to sneak out each day to see a little of the city, or visit the guy who was LockedInAHouse.  I LOVED the Pike Place Market…I was there […]

Reader Photos

I’ll be posting some Moroccan door photos soon, but here are some reader photos to tide you over. From Brian Marris of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, a creative solution to a deep reveal, and a non-compliant exit. To stick with the theme, here’s another exit from Jim Princehorn of Business Protection Specialists.  The pile of […]

Medersa Abu al-Hassan, Salé Morocco

As many of you know, I am in Morocco for some vacation time combined with some work, and also working on some family issues with my mother-in-law’s estate.  We have made the most of each day, and I have seen (and photographed) lots of amazing doors.  I hope you don’t get sick of seeing them…”Darn!  […]

King Mohammed V Mausoleum, Rabat Morocco

Here are some photos of the beautiful sliding bronze doors at the tomb of King Mohammed V.  It was built in 1971, adjacent to La Tour (Tower) Hassan.  The minaret stands amidst support columns which were once part of a huge mosque destroyed in an earthquake.   The Mausoleum: La Tour Hassan: You need to […]

Bahia Palace, Marrakech Morocco

I hope you’re not getting tired of posts about beautiful Moroccan doors because I know I’m not tired of seeing them.  There are amazing doors EVERYWHERE in Morocco – adorned bronze, carved wood, hand-painted…absolutely gorgeous.  Yesterday I dragged the family to Bahia Palace in the 100-degree heat.  They were good sports about it and I […]

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca Morocco

I mentioned these gigantic doors in an earlier post, but I went back to see them again since we’re in the neighborhood.  The mosque wasn’t open for tours when we were there (the only way non-Muslims can go into a mosque), but I sent my husband in with a camera and he came back with […]

Glaoui Kasbah Part II

I’ve had a request for photos of Morocco besides just the beautiful doors, so here are some from the Glaoui Kasbah: You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

Glaoui Kasbah, Telouet Morocco

I know what you’re thinking…”Another day, another kasbah.”  🙂  I sincerely appreciate the chance to enjoy my vacation while still keeping up with my blog, email, etc., so thanks for bearing with me! We visited the Glaoui Kasbah in Telouet about a week ago.  I’ve wanted to go ever since I read about it in […]

Moroccan Lock Shopping

Here are some of the lock shops I visited while shopping for the locks in this post. This is the shop at the Glaoui Kasbah in Telouet where I bought the wood lock: Some more wood locks for sale there: This shop in Marrakech where I bought the camel bag lock had a wide variety […]

Locks Make Great Gifts

No, really!  They do! Today is my birthday (yes, I’m 29), and luckily for my family I bought all of my own gifts while we were in Morocco.  Some of my relatives there thought I was nuts, but I knew that some of you would appreciate my treasures, so here they are. I bought this […]

Worcester State Hospital

In addition to beautiful doors and interesting locks, I love old architecture and the amazing photography that captures the decay of these crumbling structures.  I look forward to new photo essays posted on the Kingston Lounge site, and the most recent was especially exciting because it’s very close to my town and an important part […]

Curtain Door, Matharoo Associates

Mary Hinton of Mulhaupt’s sent me a link to check out a one-of-a-kind door, and she was right – it’s amazing!  The door is on a single family home in India called “House with Wall of Light.”  It was designed by Matharoo Associates, for Dilip Sanghvi, a diamond merchant.  The architectural firm won the Architectural […]

Mission San Xavier Del Bac, Tucson

During a break in today’s BHMA meetings I took a drive south to see the Mission San Xavier Del Bac.  The mission was founded in 1692, and the current church was built between 1783 and 1797.  It is located in the center of a Papagon Indian settlement.  The mission has been constantly maintained and periodically […]

Beautiful Gate

Here’s one more beautiful opening from Tucson before I head off to Las Vegas for CoNEXTions 2012!  If you’ll be there too, leave me a comment and let’s try to meet up! I took the interior photo below while the coffee shop was closed – I was on the balcony above.  Technically, the padlock isn’t […]

Doors of Morocco (November 2012)

This post was printed in the November 2012 issue of Doors & Hardware [Click here to download a reprint of this article.] In case you missed my Moroccan odyssey this summer, or if you traveled along with us virtually but wouldn’t mind a second look, I just got this reprint from the upcoming issue of […]

Leaving Las Vegas

My trip to CoNEXTions 2012 in Las Vegas last week was a whirlwind!  There were so many people that I didn’t have a chance to catch up with – I don’t know if I can wait until CoNEXTions 2014 in Dallas! The day I was heading home, I got up early (at least by Las […]

Boston’s Old City Hall

This week I’ve been spending some time with Karina Guadencio, an Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies specwriter from Brazil.  In addition to lots of discussion in the office, we’ve been to a Boston Chapter CSI meeting, had lunch with the master specwriting team at Kalin Associates, conducted a punch list at Harvard Law School, and visited […]

Forum Auditorium, Harrisburg Pennsylvania

I’m on a road trip with my family this week to go visiting for Thanksgiving, and yesterday we stopped in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  I can sniff out a beautiful or unusual door from a mile away, but I didn’t expect to find such a plethora of different beautiful doors on the same building. The doors below […]

Starry Night

I think this is the longest I’ve gone without posting!  I hope you all had a great New Year’s Eve!  I figured I could get some good relaxation time in during the holiday week, then I promptly injured a ligament in my ankle, which led to a major bout of sciatica that flattened me for […]

Architectural Salvage

Sorry for the interruption in my series on wired glass – I will continue it shortly.  But this is a travel week for me, and I couldn’t fly to sunny Florida without a quick trip to see my mom.  Today I dragged her to an architectural salvage company to see if they had any interesting […]

Bok Tower Brass Door – Lake Wales, Florida

On my way back from Bradenton to Orlando, I had to stop and see the gorgeous door at the Bok Tower Gardens.  The gardens have to be one of the most beautiful and tranquil places I’ve visited…luckily I was there early, before the families started arriving or it may have been less tranquil.  The 50-acre […]

Bok Tower Wrought Iron Gates – Lake Wales, Florida

Following up on my last post about the beautiful brass door on the Bok Tower, I promised to post some photos of the wrought iron gates and bridges over the moat surrounding the tower.  The gates and bridges were also created by Samuel Yellin, the renowned metalworker who created the brass door. I was curious […]

The Tampa Theatre – Tampa, Florida

This is a travel week for me – I’m in Tampa, Florida for the winter meeting of the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA – check out their new website!).  I have more posts in the works on school security and wired glass, but while I’m on the road, you know that I like to share […]

The Tampa Bay Hotel (Exterior) – Tampa, Florida

The Tampa Bay Hotel (although no longer a hotel) is an amazing building, especially once you hear about its history.  If you’ve got 15 minutes, check out this video: Here’s what the building looks like on Google Maps.  It’s gigantic! The building is now part of the University of Tampa campus, and one portion is […]

The Tampa Bay Hotel (Interior) – Tampa, Florida

I’m back in the snowy north, hunkered down while the snow piles up.  This is my last post from my trip to Tampa.  For next week I’m working on another post about glass (yes, there’s more!), as well as a post about school security – particularly the “creative” and often non-code-compliant methods I’ve seen a […]

For the Love of Doors

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! All photos published with permission from the photographers. Photo Credit: Sheila de Borja Photo Credit: Pete (peet-astn) Photo Credit: Carol Peacock Photo Credit: Karen Kilgallin Photo Credit: Catherine dée Auvil Photo Credit: Thomas Aleto Photo Credit: Folkardandco Photo Credit: Ian Ransley Photo Credit: Andy [photography] Photo Credit: Kristin (kke227) Photo Credit: […]

Everywhere I Go – Church Edition

My husband has grown accustomed to me yelling, “Stop the car!” when I see a door of interest.  We actually had to circle the block and come back to this one in Nashville, Tennessee.  Judging from the entrance, I thought there might be some nice doors…I couldn’t process what I was seeing in time to […]

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City

I hope you had a wonderful Saint Patrick’s Day, complete with the green beverage of your choice!  The doors of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City are massive and amazing…unfortunately they’ve been temporarily been removed for restoration work, but with a little help from the internet I can still show you these beautiful bronze […]

Public House

As always when I travel, I’ve been on the lookout for interesting doors during my trip to Las Vegas.  I saw these last night at dinner.  They’re beautiful (and huge!) carved wood panels, hung on center pivots which are offset from the edge.  When the doors are closed (see below), there is a gap at […]

The Grand Canal Shoppes

This morning I went over to the Grand Canal Shoppes before the stores opened, to get photos of the unusual door pulls.  I’m pretty sure Security was tracking my every move, but apparently they decided I was harmless.   You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

Secret Passageway Doors

The next time an architect wants to do something crazy like attach a bookcase to a sliding door or face a swinging door with masonry, I know right where to send them!  No…not there, HERE: You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content.

Boston Public Library

Many of you know that I live just outside of Boston and I consider the city my home (and I really appreciate those of you who emailed me to make sure I was ok).  I love this city, the architecture, the history, the vibe given off by the people.  For me, downtown Boston isn’t an […]

Community of Christ Temple – Independence, Missouri

Last week I had a whirlwind trip to Kansas City, Missouri for Code Jeopardy at DHI’s MoKan Chapter meeting, and another code class which was held at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.  The venue was amazing and the local SSC did a fabulous job of coordinating everything.  Thank you to everyone who […]

Boston Strong

Last month I wrote about my experience on the day of this year’s Boston Marathon.  The slogan “Boston Strong” has emerged since then as the ultimate description of this city, which will not let senseless violence beat us down.  This weekend my friend and I took our kids downtown, and our first stop was the […]

More Reader Photos

I know it’s not Wordless Wednesday, but this photo from Alec Walsh of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies definitely left me wordless! This photo of a retail store’s emergency exit was sent by a code official asking what I though of the set-up.  It looks to me like an alarmed device and a delayed egress mag-lock.  […]

New York City – Part 1

Over the weekend I spent some time in New York with my friends, and as you can probably imagine I saw A LOT of doors of interest.  Here are some of them… These bronze pulls are unusual, and a great illustration of what happens to US10B finish (oil-rubbed bronze) over time: This door made a […]

New York City – Part 2

Here are some more photos from my weekend in NYC…these are all about taking a closer look. When I was looking back through my photos I couldn’t figure out why I thought this pair was interesting.  Until I looked at the close-up.  Now I can’t look at either photo without seeing the giant piece of […]

Beautiful Doors of Denver

I’m in Denver for the AIA conference, and this afternoon I played a rousing game of Code Jeopardy with the Denver Chapter of DHI.  If you’re at the AIA conference this week, stop at our booth (#530) to play a short version of Code Jeopardy and your name will be entered to win an iPad […]

Big and Beautiful Denver Door

It’s been a busy couple of weeks that didn’t leave me a lot of time for blogging – last week I went to LCN to have dinner with some of my favorite customers from Israel, witnessed a fire test at UL, then spent the rest of the week at the AIA conference in Denver where […]

Colorado Convention Center

I’ve had dozens of architects ask me to specify hardware for doors with something “unusual” applied to them…sheetrock, wood, stone…one of our hardware consultants even had an architect propose full-sized brick covering the entire face of the door.  I always try to talk them out of it, but I have to admit it’s pretty cool […]

Sneak Peek – San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

When I began planning a trip to San Miguel de Allende, I had no idea that the city was known for its beautiful doors…there’s even a book about them!  I have a lot more door photos to post (and even an egress problem!), but for now, here’s a sneak peek… You need to login or […]

La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel

For some of you, this story will confirm my nerdiness.  I’m ok with that.  My trip to San Miguel de Allende is almost over – we’re flying home on Saturday.  I have hundreds of door photos to sort through, and I will post some in the coming weeks.  But there was one pair of doors […]

Casa del Mayorazgo de Canal – San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

The most ornate pair of doors that I saw in San Miguel was the entrance to la Casa del Mayorazgo de Canal.  The historic home was once owned by the de la Canal family, one of the richest families in New Spain.  This building is now occupied by a bank, as well as la Casa […]

Hursley House – Hampshire, England

Twelve years ago I was new to the town where I currently live, and I knew almost nobody.  It was hard to meet people back then – I had no kids and my husband and I both worked in other towns.  My family and a bunch of my friends were still back in Vermont, where […]

Reader Photos

Thank you to everyone who has sent me photos of doors they’ve seen in their travels (or while laying on the couch).  Kelly Chimilar from Allmar Inc. noticed these doors with an obvious egress problem while watching Thursday Night Football.  If you don’t know what the problem is, I will hold a special online study […]

Public Library – Nashville, Tennessee

I’m in Nashville this week for the CONSTRUCT show, and I’ve been scoping out some of the beautiful doors in town. My 1 vs. 100 Fire/Life-Safety class went well today…nobody fell asleep or faked an injury so they could leave early. Tomorrow I have 1 vs. 100 Electrified Hardware at 2:45, so if you’re here […]

The Parthenon – Nashville, Tennessee

A few years ago I posted some reader photos and information about the replica of the Parthenon, in Nashville.  Since I’m here this week for CONSTRUCT, I went over early this morning to see it for myself.  I have one more day at CONSTRUCT, starting with the Bloggers’ Panel in room 205C of the Music […]

More Doors of Nashville

A hodge-podge of the doors I saw while I was in Nashville for CONSTRUCT last week… The West End United Methodist Church: Beautiful bronze doors on the Freemasons’ building:   The Customs House: The Lutheran Church: The Barbershop Harmony Society at night: The War Memorial bronze gates – also at night: A creative hold-open: Are […]

Music City Center – Nashville, Tennessee

I know what you’re thinking…”When is she going to stop talking about Nashville and get on to something interesting like gasketing or clear opening width?”  😀 I just processed my last group of photos from Nashville and all but a few were from the Music City Center, so I added the other ones to my […]

Knock the Vote

A couple of weeks ago someone commented on one of my posts that he really liked the article but didn’t know who the author was.  Many of you have been part of the site’s evolution, and some of you know me personally.  When I write these posts I feel like I’m talking to you…either explaining […]

Hobbit Doors

Hobbit doors are all the rage right now…you can find hobbit door jewelry, cookies, outlet covers, ice cream sandwiches…I would like a real one.  Not a tiny real one – a 5-footish, round hobbit door with a knob in the middle.  Now I just have to figure out where to put it.  If I made […]

Doors of River Street – Savannah, Georgia

Before anyone says, “Why didn’t you stop and see me??”, we were only in Savannah for a quick lunch break.  🙂 Here are some interesting doors from the River Street vicinity… I saw this door and thought – “Cool!  Half-surface hinges!”  Ok – that makes me sound like a weirdo but that’s really what I thought.  […]

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art – Bentonville, Arkansas

Almost exactly 7 years ago I began working on one of my most beautiful and challenging projects – the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  I remember the start date because I had just returned from leave after having my youngest daughter.  The architect contacted me many months prior and asked me to act as […]

FF: Doors of Klemens Torggler

The design blogs and architectural sites are all abuzz about these doors designed by Austrian artist Klemens Torggler.  I agree – they are very cool and it’s about time someone invented an alternative to the hinge, which has been around for thousands of years.  Let’s not ruin the party by mentioning security, egress, durability, accessibility, fire […]

Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle

Today’s winner of the 5th-birthday gift card is Dan Droker of CCI Automated Technologies, who sent me some great photos from the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. It makes me happy to imagine some of you embarrassing your spouses and kids by taking door photos during family outings. My family has begun to automatically sense when a door piques my interest, and they make themselves scarce. Except the little one who wants to be in every picture…

Las Vegas Encore

I’m in Las Vegas at ISC-West (come visit me in Allegion booth #20031 if you’re here!), so I won’t have time to write a post for today, but in case you missed my previous photos of the doors of Las Vegas…

Trump SoHo – NYC

I spent last weekend in New York City, and saw these beautiful leather entrance doors on the Trump SoHo. I’m not sure how practical they will be long-term, but they’re gorgeous now!…

More from NYC

I’m busy preparing to start my next online Decoded course today, so here’s a quick post with some more photos from my trip to New York City. Most of my friends are still wondering why I took so many photos of doors – I did it for YOU! 🙂

More Reader Photos

I’m tied up preparing for Day 2 of COR140 and the rest of the week’s events, so here’s another batch of reader photos. Thank you to all of the readers who make it a little easier to keep iDigHardware running when my hair is on fire. I just noticed that all of today’s photos came from my Allegion brethren, so it’s an all-Allegion post!

Random Doors of Dallas

If you’re here in Dallas for DHI’s CoNEXTions 2014 and you see any beautiful or interesting doors, send me a clear photo and I’ll add it to this post! OH – and come to my class tomorrow (Friday) so I’m not all alone – CE1401 Codes and Standards Update at 1:30 in Senators Hall. Here are some that I’ve seen so far…

Doors of Burlington, Vermont

Last month I spent a long weekend in Burlington, Vermont, and of course I came home with some door photos to share…

TBT: Wide Throw Hinge

These photos were sent in by Eyal Bedrik of Entry Systems Ltd., after his recent trip to the US from Israel.  The photos were taken at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York.  The home was built between 1902 and 1905, and is 35,000 square feet with 50 rooms! There is sometimes confusion between […]

Dar el Menia – Fez, Morocco

It’s that time of the year again, when I take a little time off and share some of the amazing doors I see in my summer travels.  This is a little personal, but THIS is my bedroom door for tonight.  Amazing right? The door of the salon is even bigger… High security, Moroccan style… Top […]

More From Fez

We spent a few hours in the Fez medina today.  There are beautiful doors EVERYWHERE!  Here are a few… From the Bou Inania Madrasa, an Islamic school that was built in the 1300’s! This beautiful door is in a gorgeous renovated riad: This door is super-skinny…at the other end of the spectrum from the gigantic […]

WW: Fez Egress

In Fez, we stayed in two riads – beautiful old houses that have been converted to guesthouses. Check out the stairs…I wouldn’t want to have to get out quickly. The egress rules are a little different here…

Chefchaouen, Morocco

I have to get on the road early today, so I only have time to post a teeny preview…I will post more tonight!

FF: From Chefchaouen

As much as I love the beautiful doors of Chefchaouen, I think I love the well-loved old doors with their patches and repairs even more. Here are some of my favorites for today’s Fixed-it Friday post…

Lock Shopping in Marrakech

This is not the first time I’ve shopped for locks in Marrakech (here are some photos from the last time), but today I stumbled upon two craftsmen in the haddadine (metalworkers’ souk) that made THE MOST AMAZING LOCKS. I bought one of the padlocks so I was able to take lots of photos of one of the shops. Check them out!

FF: Essaouira, Morocco

And now…for my last post from Morocco, some Fixed-it Friday photos from Essaouira. If you’ve never visited, it is a beautiful city with an old fort, a busy port, talented wood carvers, a sandy beach, fresh seafood, and the fattest cats in all of Morocco. Oh – and lots of doors that are fighting corrosion from the salt air. Enjoy!

Beautiful Doors of Baltimore

Here are some photos from last week’s trip to CONSTRUCT in Baltimore…I’m headed to Phoenix & Scottsdale soon, so let me know if there are doors there that I should share!

Concealed Vertical Cable Exit Devices Fill a Church’s Tall Order

When St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church needed a way to secure pairs of 14-foot tall bronze doors in its new church, it found the answer in exit devices with the Von Duprin® Concealed Vertical Cable (CVC) system from Allegion…

Flickr Favorites

I’m in Rochester, New Hampshire today, completing the practicum phase of my NFPA Certified Fire Plans Examiner certification, so here is a quick post about a new feature of this site! I know some of you like doors as much as I do.  Every so often when I need a moment away from my code […]

Almudena Cathedral – Madrid, Spain

These beautiful doors are from the Almudena Cathedral in Madrid. Construction on the cathedral began in 1883, but due to the Civil War and other delays, the cathedral was not consecrated for worship until 1993. The extremely ornate bronze doors are the work of sculptor Luis Antonio Sanguino, who began work on them in 2000…

Bronx Zoo

As promised in Monday’s post, here are some of the doors we saw during our visit to the Bronx Zoo. Keep your camera ready during your summer vacation and send me some photos of interesting doors that you see (please)!

FF: Standard Oil

When Jess Dey found this closer on eBay, I was shocked to see such a beautiful potbelly closer! I’ve never seen a closer with decorative accents – usually architects want to hide the hardware. As it turns out, this closer from the Standard Oil Building in San Francisco was rescued from the trash heap as a standard closer…

La Parada – Albuquerque, New Mexico

I used to post lots of photos from trips I took with my family, and I’ll be doing some more traveling this summer. In the meantime, I’m counting on y’all to send me pics of any interesting doors you see in your travels. Logan Piburn of Dyron Murphy Architects sent me these photos…

Copper Doors

We visited Santa Clara del Cobre, a town known for it’s amazing copper work. I didn’t find a lot of copper doors, but the pair below is on the entrance to the Museo del Cobre. The doors are wood, with small copper overlays attached which look like they were done by various artisans…

Oldest Panic Hardware Ever?

Deb Henson of DH Consulting sent me these photos of some REALLY old panic hardware. These doors were spotted at a home show, and were originally installed on a YMCA in Laurel, Mississippi, built in 1904. Do they look familiar to anyone?

Paris Doors to Other Cities (video)

Several people have sent this video to me lately, so in case you’re not one of the 10+ million people who have viewed it on Facebook, check it out! It’s pretty cool.

WWYD? More Big Doors

WWYD if asked to specify/supply oversized doors for a commercial or institutional project? How would you hang doors like this?

Hello Helsinki

Some days I just need to take a break from the code questions and check out a really cool door. Luckily, George Everding (and his wife Maureen who suggested that he take the photo for me) saw this door…

Connections: Doors @ The Met

Although the museum projects sometimes made me want to find a new career or go into the hardware version of the Witness Protection Program…

Martin Pierce

It’s relatively unusual to see beautiful door pulls and custom levers, so when I do see something special, it’s pretty exciting…

Take us with you!

It’s that time of year again, when lots of people go on vacation – remember the road trips I used to drag all of you on? This summer I’m taking the kids to Guatemala, so I don’t know how many interesting doors we’ll see…

WW: School Asks 100 Graffiti Artists To Paint It Before Renovation…

This is amazing. Really. You can see ALL of the beautiful photos and read the story here on Bored Panda, but these are a few of my favorite door-related images from the article…

FF: Public Restroom

I’m in Guatemala! I’m on the hunt for some beautiful and/or interesting Guatemalan doors to share with you, but until then, here are some doors from a recent trip to Phoenix…

Guatemala and Beyond…

As I promised yesterday, here are a few doors from my recent trip to Guatemala. We saw so many amazing doors – big ones, small ones, ornate doors and utilitarian doors, lots of wicket doors, cool door knockers and other hardware…

Mexico City Road Trip

By now you have likely heard about the earthquake that caused property damage, injuries, and deaths in Mexico City and the state of Puebla on Tuesday.  This one followed on the heels of another earthquake about a week and a half before, near the border of Mexico and Guatemala.  I am fine and we didn’t […]

FF: College Entrance

It’s too bad someone at this facility didn’t ask for help BEFORE coming up with these locking “solutions.” 🙁

Amsterdam Free Library

What’s the problem with this door? Any ideas?

Doors of Asheville, NC

When I started iDigHardware, my oldest daughter was 7, and on this summer’s road trip we’re looking at colleges for her! EEEK!

Mystery of the King Eddy’s Fire Door

It’s not often that I see a news story about a missing fire door that doesn’t involve a tragic outcome or at least a code violation, so this one caught my eye.

Texas State Capitol Building – Austin

I could tell by reading the first paragraph of the article that David and I shared some of the same feelings when asked to work on these “special” projects…the struggle is real!

Amazing Lock!

Recovery in progress – I promise I will eventually get back to you if you are waiting for an answer from me! Meanwhile…is this lock amazing or what??

Happy Holidays!

Thank you for being part of the iDigHardware community – in total, iDH readers have spent more than 12,500 hours reading the content on the website in 2018. That’s amazing!

The Doors of Notre Dame Cathedral

As the world mourns the fire damage to the Notre Dame Cathedral, it turns out that the doors of Notre Dame are not just ordinary doors; there is a legend that dates back hundreds of years, to the 13th century.

Colorado State Capitol Building – Denver

Have you visited your state capitol building to check out the doors and hardware? I’m adding locations to my bucket list!


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