Old brick row house doors in the better sections of older eastern American towns can be quite beautiful when decorated to welcome from street view. The residents take good care of them, make a display, and value their charm. The doors themselves are often original to the buildings. They make a very interesting art gallery of their own while casually walking the old streets on a little door tour, and there is a lot of variety according to an owner’s taste. The doors exist in a modern day while being a direct line through history to now, and are still in use most every day.
None of the two story row homes are wider than about fifteen feet, if that. The properties continue to the alley through equally narrow back yards leading away from a small roofed porch, the yards usually crammed with greenery and flowers in the summers and set off by delineating fences. It’s a close elbow-to-elbow way of living that also has shared walls.
This particular home is older than the Civil War. Made of hand thrown local brick, it is part of a well-kept three block group of them down one street in an old town center that is today ringed by a series of much larger modern expansions. This door done up in basic black with single 4 on center, a one slab one step stoop, and a small plain black mailbox is an understatement compared to many row house entries, but it is interesting nonetheless. The original brickwork has been cleaned back to the near ocher earth tone and then repointed, which makes the black more effective in the design.
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