Thursday, July 2, 2009

A few front doors in Atlanta

Hooked on Houses is hosting her "Hooked on Fridays" blog party; I hope y'all will click here and have look. This week I'm hooked on Atlanta's front doors.

They aren't all as much fun as LottaFrutta's strawberry door on Auburn Avenue...

...but you can bet that architect and designer do their best at the door. You don't need mansions to find good ones. Architecture Tourists take a little extra time to check out the entrances that most of us will never be invited to enter. Here is one by Neel Reid in Druid Hills. It's a total package that just delights me every time.

This one is just down the street. It's fancy, detailed but a little colder?

While we're looking at columns (I know Things That Inspire doesn't like them quite as much as I do) I love this fancy but human scaled entrance for a Virginia Highland apartment. The whole little building is really "put together." I do love it.

This is Winonna Park Elementary School in Decatur. It's a little school in a setting and neighborhood that inspires nostalgia; it's just perfect. The entrance with columns in antis is quite noble. Note the transom panels over standard issue glass doors.

This little house in East Atlanta has a fancy garden door. I'm curious every time I drive by. (For your AT's, this in on Glenwood just east of Glenwood Park)

This is one of many little Grant Park houses that is justly proud of itself

This one is a rare type for Druid Hills with a Garden Growing Wild.

This one in Piedmont Heights is so cute that I forgot I was talking about front doors. I'll bet that most Atlantans didn't know there is such a place as Piedmont Heights. Well, there is. This house looks good enough to eat.

This old apartment proudly looks it's age. I've always loved the door surround. It's chunky scroll buttresses are quite shapely.

Scroll Butresses are everywhere if you look. The entrance to the 1915 Phelan Apartments on Peachtree in Midtown is loaded with fruity goodness. Neel Reid did this one too.

We started with LottsFruitta's strawberry door so let's get back to color with this one on Ponce de Leon. It's not quite my style but...

Of course front doors look their very best with freinds and family

Thanks and Happy Independance day, July 4, 2009.

P.S. I'm not worthy: but I won a prize at: Cote de Texas Second Anniversary Winners! Thanks so much. I'm going to try hard to be worthy.


  1. Beautiful doors! I'm loving the strawberry one because it makes me laugh and the Piedmont Heights one because that house is just so cute!

  2. I love interesting and/or colourful front doors :-) You posted some really nice ones -- the strawberry door is lots of fun :-) And the house that looks good enough to eat is very charming :-)


  3. I love that Neel Reid house - to my untrained eye, the proportions are perfect. The blue shutter house - it's the dormers that bother me. They are out of proportion, out of place, and ugly!

    Let me clarify about columns. I do not like them inside a house - just don't. I really do not like columns that are the full height of a two story house, which is strange given that my grandmother lived in a Greek Revival home that I loved very much - I loved going to the house, and loved seeing those columns as we arrived. But, I don't like them in general.

    I do, however, like columns on a portico - single height - and think there are some really charming aspects to the blue shutter house. I love the ironwork. I kind of wish the house color were a little crisper - not so dull - more of a cream or white.

    I enjoyed this post!

  4. How fun! That strawberry door is so cute. My favorite door is the one right after the strawberry one.

  5. A diverse group here. Thanks for the tour!

  6. I love the white garden door, what a great idea!

  7. Great door ways! I am fasinated by them as well...i always wonder who lives behind them and some times make up what lovely family could or should live behind such "pretty"

    Thanks for sharing.

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥

  8. Love the Piedmont Heights door, as well as the house. I also love the stone entrance in the last picture.

  9. What a great post! Loving all of the doors!

    And congrats on your Cote prize!

  10. You ARE worthy! Congrats! Love the door tour - and Neal Reid.

  11. I've always wanted to take pics of neat homes I saw. Do homeowners get made or are they generally ok with it?

  12. I worry little about taking the pictures. I'd ask if I had the opportunity. I try not give the addresses. I've been approached by a security guy while taking pictures of a parking lot in downtown Atlanta! In some neighborhoods somebody might call the police on you. Legally, and I'm no lawyer, you can pretty much take pictures from public property, you can Google for more info on that.

  13. Front doors do look best with family and friends flanking them! Great shots, that strawberry door is too funny!
    Congratulations on your win over at Joni's!!
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    xo Isa

  14. What a great door collection. Funny how important this part of the house turns out to be. I would like to explore further inside these.. but I think the Virginia Highland apartment is most tempting to me.

  15. Love an inviting front door. Says a lot about a home!

  16. These are great! I like the Piedmont Heights one best. Can you ship it up to Massachusetts this week, please?!

  17. Your post made me realize I need to do something with my front door! Have a wonderful weekend!
    ~Really Rainey~

  18. What a beautiful "door tour." The strawberry door is fun. Also love the Piedmont Heights house, which really does look good enough to eat!

    P.S. Congrats on winning over at Cote de Texas! :-)

  19. Love it. Do you have a collection of backdoors?

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  20. Tara, I'm counting on you for the backdoor pictures. When folks see me heading for their back backyards, they usually call the police.

  21. I love front doors too! Thanks for all the beautiful fronts! They're great.

  22. I just bought a new front door (4 glass panels in solid wood), but it's nothing compared to that strawberry door.

    Hehe, it's certainly got personality with a plus!

  23. Love all the doors! Wish I had the nerve to do something "different" with mine :o) Diane

  24. Not worthy of Cote's 2nd Anniversary prize? Don't be ridiculous and don't change a single thing!

    That strawberry door is WAY cute!! Thanks for the lovely stroll.

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