Doors As Art

I was going to park this post in respect for the message written today by Norm Frampton on Thursday Doors … until I got to the end.  So, as requested, this post is intended to highlight a little more of the beauty in the world rather than its ugliness.

Please go read Norm’s message today.

We’re surrounded by doors in our environment – exterior doors, inner doors, office doors, doors everywhere – but they’re often ignored by us as functional objects that simply provide privacy, security, or comfort from the elements.

That pretty well sums up my reaction to the doors I saw on my short trip to Florida … functional, not particularly note-worthy.  Sorry Florida, it’s nothing personal.

At least that was my opinion until we visited the vast John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota.

The history behind this museum is rocky … a private collection left to the State of Florida in 1936, a long legal battle with creditors of the Estate, neglect and mismanagement, and finally put under the stewardship of the Florida State University in 2000.

It is now the State Art Museum of Florida.


John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art – photo from

Not only is this museum massive in size and impressive in presentation, but I discovered it is an extraordinary place to visit if you love doors.


We had time to visit only a small part of the building and it seemed that every door I saw was wonderfully different from all the others.


Doesn’t this door look oddly sized for the space it occupies?

So. Many. Doors!





… and given the chance, I would return to this museum in a heartbeat to see what other door treasures were in the rest of building I didn’t get to see.


Thursday Doors is a weekly photo feature hosted by our Supreme Door Master, Norm Frampton at Norm 2.0.


About Joanne Sisco

Retired but not idle. Life is an adventure - I plan to continue to embrace it.
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89 Responses to Doors As Art

  1. When I grow up i hope I’m rich so I can have doors like this. 😉


  2. ARTamundo says:

    Nice pictures! The doors are really stunning


  3. reocochran says:

    I was wondering if this is the same place my grandparents took us from Clearwater to see the Ringling Brothers “estate?” I mentioned on the more recent post that there was plenty of art and beautiful memorabilia where we toured, including a huge black and white checked palazzo. I am not sure if we took many photos. . .
    I loved the fancy, elaborate doors! The one you asked about seems ill-fitted to the space, as if it is cut off at the top. Your postcould have filled a month of doors! 🙂 ❤


    • Joanne Sisco says:

      I’m guessing this is the same place you visited. It was an estate and there were 2 additional parts – one of which I didn’t even get to see – that I haven’t written a post about.

      So many doors! You’re right, I could have done door posts for a long while … I still have several I didn’t include.


  4. Elle says:

    Good eye! I love the photos. Thanks for sharing these!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Jeff Bell says:

    Those doors certainly do make a statement. I love how much effort and detail went into them. They just don’t make buildings like they used to.


  6. LB says:

    Thanks to Lynn, I read Norm’s post earlier today. What a(nother) heartbreaking tragedy.
    Made worse by the POTUS.
    Thank you for sharing.
    This is my first visit to WP in a couple weeks. It’s been a nice distraction from the activism.

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  7. Really stunning doors and doorways, Joanne. I particularly love the curly pillars in the fifth photo.


  8. Great find, Joanne! You might have stumbled onto the museum’s secret; what if the art was the doors and the artifacts are just decorations to make the rooms seem less boring? 😉


  9. Thanks for sharing Norms rant – what a lot of hate there is out there right now and it’s healthy to be angry about it! This is some place you visited – a door museum maybe?


  10. Cecilia says:

    Wow, doors are really art. I used to look through doors without seeing the door itself. Thanks for the inspiration!


  11. Well, Norm won’t be disappointed with this post. You certainly filled it with beauty, Joanne, and the pillars surrounding those doors are magnificent.


  12. RuthsArc says:

    Some stunning doors here, Joanne.


  13. Ohhh, my, these are certainly brow-raisers or should I say eye-openers. 😮


  14. I’m not much of a museum person when I travel, but, I have to admit, when I do convince myself to go, I am seldom disappointed. That looks like an amazing museum – based on the doors alone! 1/2 of one floor, and you didn’t see any of the art? You definitely need to get back. Thank you for sharing these beautiful doors!


  15. Not just the doors, Joanne, but what’s around them is wonderful.



  16. Wow. Best doors ever!! That place is palatial and the doors are magical. Thanks for sharing, Joanne.


  17. WOW, you struck pay dirt on those doors! The top white one is gorgeous, and the second door’s columns are gorgeous.

    Great find! I’d go with you if possible. 🙂

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  18. Sue Slaght says:

    I too have been to Norm’s post. Where will all of this craziness go?
    The doors are intriguing Joanne. Looks like quite the museum!


  19. Heyjude says:

    Never mind the doors (beautiful though they are) I’m in love with that pink plaster and I am not even a pink person! Just thinking how pretty it would look in my conservatory… and yes I did read Norm’s post. So many dreadful events in this cocked-up world of ours


    • Joanne Sisco says:

      I feel like there’s this terrible plague circulating the world right now. I hope we find the antidote soon 😦

      This pink building kind of works, doesn’t it? I was thinking the same thing 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • Heyjude says:

        I guess everyone is tired of the rich getting obscenely richer whilst everyone else pays for it. Hopefully the next generation work things out – at the moment though I find it quite bleak. So much hatred and intolerance in the world. How did it come to that? We need another hippy revolution – Peace Man! John Lennon had it right with Imagine.


  20. Even I would go gaga over these doors. Since the place is so large, there must be oodles and oodles of them. Wonderful photographs, Thanks for sharing. I would never imagine such doors. 🙂


  21. Donna says:

    Thank you for responding to Norm’s very powerful and heartfelt post by sharing these amazing doors. There is beauty all around us.., sometimes we just need to persevere and not lose our focus.


  22. Ally Bean says:

    Beautiful photos. I went to that museum when I was a kid, but I don’t remember a thing about it. I think I’d appreciate it more now that I’m a grown-up.


    • Joanne Sisco says:

      I’ve said it before, but I’m not a museum person … even as an adult. I just find it hard to get excited by static displays. I’m happier to stand back and look at the bigger picture … which usually means the building and how the displays are set up.

      I saw such a small part of this particular museum though. I hope I get a chance to return someday.


  23. dennyho says:

    You’re right, the doors are so very different. This place is quite unique, I enjoyed this trip very much!


  24. Norm 2.0 says:

    First of all: holy crap that place is ginormous! You probably need a golf cart to cover the whole thing in one day.
    As for the doors: Yes! Thanks for sharing these beauties, this was exactly what I needed 🙂


  25. The doors are interesting. I can’t say I like them all (meaning the first two) but they are definitely worth a shot 🙂


    • Joanne Sisco says:

      What was really interesting to me was that every door was different … and not necessarily in a small way. A lot of thought and attention went into each.

      My personal taste runs to minimalistic. My home, my decorating, my style is quite devoid of ’embellishments’ … but I do appreciate them in other settings 🙂

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      • Why am I not surprised. My style is minimalism with dramatic accents. 🙂

        This week I saw a picture of a kitchen and I knew instantly that this would be my dream kitchen, in case we ever win the lottery or inherit a lot of money, from relatives we didn’t know we had.

        I showed it to my husband and he was surprised at first. It doesn’t seem to be me but then he saw what I saw, it has Bridget written all over. That, or he is just a sweetheart who loves to see me happy. 🙂

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  26. You hit the door jackpot!


  27. Su Leslie says:

    I can only re-iterate what Maggie says, and send my own thanks.


  28. Fabulous doors. I think I am spoilt for choice here in France, so many doors, interior and exterior, in our house we have so many different doors, for anyone who likes things to match and everything to be perfect it would be a disaster, every one is different, some shut perfectly, others can be a little temperamental, but there is so much history in every one!


  29. Vicky says:

    Beautiful doors….


  30. ianbcross says:

    These are absolutely brilliant. Such a contrast to my ruined doors in Delhi. Great shots, Joanne


  31. Dan Antion says:

    I love walking through museums. We don’t normally pay much attention to the doors, well we didn’t before Norm. The are beautiful. I also really like the iron gate at the end.


  32. Phil Ryan says:

    I particularly like your first photo, Joanne, and am already looking forward to your future piece, ‘photography, nose bleeds and jet packing’. 🙂


  33. boristoronto says:

    Wow those are some fancy doors. Up here all the doors are very much utilitarian in purpose and not much to admire.


  34. ms6282 says:

    Some of them are rather over the top aren’t they?


  35. Considering how large that building is, I am sure you could take enough door pictures to last a year of Thursdays. Those doors would be stunning in my house. They would not match the decor, but I would be willing to have them.


    • Joanne Sisco says:

      I’ve run into that dilemma more than a few times … doors that I covet, but I would need a new house for them 😉

      My sister tells me there are 4 floors to this museum … and we visited 1/2 of one floor. If this is an indicator of what I could find in the remaining sections, I’m thinking your estimate of doors for a year is probably not far off 🙂

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  36. Lynn says:

    I can see why you were only able to visit a portion of this museum, it looks massive!


  37. joey says:

    Oh my! That’s like a door museum 😉 Thanks for sharing these beauties.


  38. Mrs. P says:

    Thanks for Norm’s rant…I share his sentiment.

    You are right, Florida, in general has very unimpressive doors. Loved the ones you share. St. Augustine has some pretty nice ones as well.

    Liked by 1 person

  39. I’m glad you posted your doors post today – and I’m glad you highlighted the link to Norm’s post. Thanks, Joanne. ❤

    Liked by 3 people

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