From the Theatre to Slovenia

Photos of doors have started to stockpile in my library, so today I’m *spring cleaning* and featuring some doors that haven’t received any of the attention they deserve.

Up first are the front doors to the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre in downtown Toronto.

Elgin Theatre

The doors to this 1913 building aren’t particularly special, but I think the beautiful stained glass windows above the doors make this entrance stunning.

Elgin Theatre2

Just a few doors down from the theatre is the impressive former Bank of Toronto building.  It is currently closed and supposedly being refurbished.

This 1905 building is one of my favourites along Yonge St with its domed top and massive pillars. Unfortunately I don’t have a better photo than this grainy, washed-out *accident* that was the result of an ongoing conflict between me and my camera.  It stubbornly refuses to cooperate with my intentions vs my literal directions.

I’m grateful to the woman crossing the street who did cooperate with my intentions and looks casually, but elegantly, posed for the photo.

Bank of Toronto 1905

The doors on this spectacular building are your standard utilitarian variety … but taped to the door is a sign, and THIS TIME it occurred to me to take a photo of it. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

The sign speaks to the many homeless people in the city who seek shelter from the elements in doorways of downtown buildings.   The pungent smell of urine greeted me as I stepped up to take this photo.  I’m thinking that trespassing is the least of the homeless’ concerns.

Bank of Toronto 1905 - 2

To change the pace a bit, I discovered this pretty little cottage-like home one day during one of my random walks.  I liked everything about this weathered little building; from the tree shadows on the plain stucco to the heavy black hardware, but especially the discreet clover or club design above the lights flanking the doorway.

Red door

I found this beautiful old inn, now restored as a restaurant, in the small town of Tottenham while we were walking the Trans-Canada Trail through this area.  I did a silent *whoop* to myself when I spied four visible doors in one scene.


Lastly, this one is especially for Manja.  This property was also found during our travels north of Toronto on the Trans-Canada Trail.  Ignore the locked gate with its No Trespassing, No Parking signs.  You are welcome here, my friend!


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


  1. If this was your spring cleaning I have to ask what else are you hiding? 🙂 All were great shots and I thought the red door was one that stood out the most. Regarding your professed less than great optimal bank building image, you should explain that this was a purposed shot to display your expertise in depth of field with the primary object being your strategically placed model 😉


    • Right! That was it exactly! … I was doing some cutting edge image experimentation.
      Modesty prevented me from pointing anything more spectacular than the high-priced model I hired for the photo shoot 😉


  2. So many doors displayed in diverse and beautiful ways, Joanne! I loved the first one (theatre) with the gorgeous stained glass windows. The tall marble pillars certainly stood out. The doorway with sign posting no sleeping here kind of got me teary eyed. Not sure if I would feel comfortable posting this as it is a three-sided place to prevent wind and cold. If it were my house doorstep, I might. . . So many others I enjoyed here.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Joanne. 🙂


      • It is disconcerting, to say the least. We leave out by our dumpster boots and recyclables so homeless small town people can take to local place that buys them. We have a loft in one building and almost all the churches have a warm place to stay and free once a week meals, spread out over the month.

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  3. Joanne I love the variety in the door choices. It tugs on my heart strings to see homeless on our streets. No one starts out as a small child dreaming of being homeless but for large cities such as the ones we live in the challenges are many.
    I must say it looks like you hired a model for the other photo. Basically you are just that good!

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  4. Once again, these are great photos. Love the stained glass. And the women in the ‘bank’ photo really adds to the shot!


  5. I love the little brick restaurant! That would invite me in, believing that the food was as special as the doors. When I was in New Orleans many years ago, it was my first encounter with homeless people sleeping in doorways, not to mention the awful smells. Eye opening and very sad.


    • I have a thing for buildings with a veranda. Toss in a 2nd floor veranda, and I practically swoon 🙂

      The whole idea of homelessness really bothers me – a lot. I just can’t imagine the feelings of hopelessness. I appreciate that it is a very complex problem, but surely a wealthy, caring society could do better.

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  6. Joanne, I love photographing interesting doors (and windows). We have a few posts on doors and in one of them I say that the door is the lipstick on the facade of the building – and I truly believe that. An interesting door can add so much interest to an otherwise unexceptional building. ~James


  7. I love the brick outline of the windows, including the arched tops. The inn in Tottenham is also very nice. I’m a sucker for impressive glass transom windows. I also like the iron gates.


  8. All impressive doors in their own ways, Joanne. The theater is impressive indeed and that bank is amazing among all the modern buildings. I have to say that my favorite is the red cottage door. I love that simplicity. I’m so amazed by what you find on your walks. 🙂


  9. Gorgeous photos, Joanne. I must have walked by Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre a hundred times without noticing those beautiful details on its doors. I must go back and take a closer look 🙂


  10. So your spring cleaning is Dan’s leftovers, eh? 🙂 I really liked all of these and I completely get your silent “whoop” upon finding four doors in one place, all of them able to be photographed. Life is good.



  11. Lovely Collection of doors. My favorite is the cottage with the red door and clovers. The photo with the woman crossing the street looks like a shoot from a fashion magazine. Well done. I hope you’re having a wonderful day.


  12. Terrific selection of modest to the most-est.
    Speaking of most-est and gated: we used to travel regularly through the Caledon Hills. Near Bellfountain, there is a quarry we liked to visit and it’s near “The Grange Sideroad.” Almost every entrance to the homes is gated like your summer camp. I so wanted to see what resided down the paved drives and beyond the hills. I had to satisfy my curiosity by Google Satellite view – now THAT was an eye-opener. Some of these estates are more like compounds – main buildings take up acres of land. Who are the folk that live in these monster homes?

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    • I too have noticed the many gated properties through this area and obvious affluence.

      I believe that many of these properties are horse farms. Besides the huge homes on the property, they have main barns, covered arenas for winter riding, and of course large garages for equipment.
      Lots, and lots of money.

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  13. Ohh, my, you shouldn’t have, build all this just for Slovenians. 😉 That would be the most Slovenian reaction. I used to work for a magazine for Slovenians living abroad, the name of the place might ring a bell. Which is the closest town, or what is the region called? Was it a surprise for you too? Or do you know so many Slovenian descendants that you were sure they need a camp! 😉

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      • Thank you for the detailed info, Joanne! Oh, no dogs allowed… I’ve heard of Tottenham but don’t recall any person from there or contact. I’m glad that it made you think of me, even though all those notices and warnings make me cringe a little. But the gate is beautiful. As are all your other doors. Thank you! ❤


        • Sorry that Bestia wouldn’t be as welcomed as you :/

          Many of the country places we’ve passed have signs like this, especially where there are trails nearby. I think people tend to be rude and don’t respect private property, thinking nothing of walking through backyards and using their facilities.
          I heard a story about one landowner who removed the right-of-way of the local trail through his property when he came home one day and found a family who had setup a picnic in his backyard patio.

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