Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Front Door and its Hardware

Here I go with the front door again.

The front door is obviously a very small part of the house, but I think its significance is large. In many ways it is the porthole to our lives.

The closed door is a barrier providing privacy; locked, it serves to protect those we love and safe-keep our belongings. The open door is a welcoming sign... for people, nature and sunlight.
I believe it's the first real impression the visitor receives of those who live behind it... an indication of how one will be treated. In short, I would not want people to expect Igor to answer the door when ringing our doorbell (which is original to the house by the way).

For months after moving in, we thought the doorbell was broken, until one evening a neighbour rang. We were surprised to hear a very clear, resounding bell. Needless to say we were a little embarrassed, but we had to ask him how he had made the bell ring. For those who will be visiting, you pull down on the little leaver. In our defense, that leaver was very stiff, it hadn't been used in at least two years.

Here is the beautifully ornate and original hardware used to keep our front door in full operation.

Door bell leaver


sunshine said...

Hi there!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I love meeting new people. :)

Okay. I think that I might be in love with your house. It is absolutely gorgeous! I just love all the details in older homes. I really wish we could get into one too.

However... we paid our mortgage off on our current home about 3 years ago and with 4 kids under 17 years of age... the last thing we need is to owe money again.
My dream will have to wait.

I don't think that I would have figured out that doorbell either.


Eastlake Victorian said...


I just LOVE your Eastlake door hardware! Your house is gorgeous. I must go back and read all your older posts! And thank you for commenting on my blog. I think we have similar tastes!

-Pam from Eastlake Victorian

A. Kadowaki Busby said...

Hello Pam,

Thank you for stopping by. I still have so much to learn about the Victorian period. I'm sure you could give seminars on the subject.

Keep well,