As I was poking around in my photo library, I realized I have been hoarding doors – for no particular reason, it’s just that I’ve been downtown a lot lately and that usually means seeing a lot of great old buildings.
The doors have started to pile up and I guess it’s time to share some of them. So this is just another random offering of great doors I’ve encountered in the last few weeks.
First up is a gate at Osgoode Hall, a building which dates back to 1829. Osgoode Hall currently houses, among other things, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the offices of the Law Society of Upper Canada (ie Ontario).
The gates are actually very narrow to pass through. According to Wikipedia, there is a long-standing myth that the gates were designed to keep wandering livestock off the property. Apparently in the 1950s, some students challenged the myth by trying to pass a cow through one of the gates … but they failed. I’m not surprised.
Next on the tour, is the St Michael’s Choir School. I discovered this building quite by accident and simply loved everything about it … from the gorgeous entryway, to the clock on the mini-tower, and the *crown* of crosses.
St Michael’s Choir School is a Catholic all-boy’s school which offers both a music and academic program. Getting your child accepted to St Mike’s is not easy. Admission is by audition only.
Lastly on today’s tour is a pair of doors from a row of old homes built in the late 1800s. The slightly curving stone stairs were the first thing to catch my attention, but these wooden doors are wonderful, even if they are very weathered. It looks like the bottom panels need attention before they become unsalvageable.
Sadly, in this neighbourhood there were several old heritage homes that have become quite derelict. They are sitting on prime real estate and I fear that in a year from now, they will be gone.
Ok – I lied, one more door … this is from one of the derelict buildings which was all boarded up with a barrier installed at the bottom of the stairs to prevent access to the door.
This door is lovely and I hope it will be saved.
Thursday Doors is a weekly feature hosted by Norm Frampton at Norm 2.0.