I went to the Cleveland Museum of Art yesterday with the girlfriend and her family. I learned that I prefer Modernist photography over Surrealist photography after viewing the Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography exhibit. Here’s an example of Modernist photography that I made yesterday after viewing the exhibit. What do you think?
Okay, okay. This is a real estate blog so here are some cool pictures of some doors that I made yesterday.
I was struck by the beautiful oak door and frame below from the 1400s. The inscription on the door reads in Old French “Mal vit qui ne mande” and has been suggested to translate roughly as “He lives badly who does not ask”. I was particularly impressed by the uniform nailing pattern used in the hinges. I don’t think that you’ll ever see a door and frame like that in a McMansion, right?
I immediately recognized the impressive door and frame below as being from New England but was a bit perplexed when I read that the door came from the Isaac Gillet House in Painesville, Ohio. What?! Blasphemy! Then I read that the house was designed by Jonathan Goldsmith, an architect trained in Massachusetts. Whew…
The door and frame feature Greek and Roman styles but the bullseye rosette head blocks and the six panel door anchor the New England Federal style architecture. Notice the leaded glass with round brass accents. The thin columns and the delicately formed acanthus leaves anchor the sidelites and the transom, respectively. The marble slab threshold completes the impressive but welcoming feel.
By the way, the name Jonathan Goldsmith might ring a bell for some and I assure you that the Jonathan Goldsmith that designed this gorgeous door and frame is not the Jonathan Goldsmith that was trained as an actor at Boston University and is most famous for being Doe Equis’ “The Most Interesting Man in the World”.
I hope that you enjoyed this bit of history and these photographs. Maybe they’ll inspire you?