First Impressions

The Grand Entry Door

By: Carly Hill, Staff Writer • Dec 12, 2012 • 0 Comments

It’s the first thing you see and touch when you enter a home.  It’s your first impression.  It sets the tone.  It’s your grand entry door.

Paintings found in Egyptian tombs give us the earliest records of doors.  Extravagant doors can be traced back to Bible times.  In 1 Kings 6, King Solomon’s temple doors are recorded as being made of olive wood which were carved with cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers and overlaid with gold.  Talk about a grand entry.

Back in 2010, archeologists unearthed what they determined to be a 5,000 year old door in Zurich, Switzerland.  The door was so well made that even the hinges were still in tact.  Chief archeologist, Niels Bleicher was able to use the rings in the wood of the door to determine the age of the wood.  He determined that the door was likely made in the year 3063 B.C.  Show this picture to your grandkids as proof that “they just don’t make things like they used to.” 

It should be no surprise that the largest doors on earth all belong to NASA.  They are located in the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center.  Each of these doors is 456 feet high (which is 151 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty). 

Our friends at Eclectic Architecturals specialize in antique doors.  Many people come in looking for grand entry doors.  When you have company over, the front door is the first thing they see.  It’s their first impression of your home.  Rather than letting your door be what gets knocked on and opened, why not let it set the tone of your home?  An antique door is like any piece of art, but unlike other pieces of art, a door commands attention.  Even guests who normally wouldn’t take time to admire art or antiques will be forced to admire the beauty and architecture of your grandiose carved door while they’re waiting for it to be answered.  Entering a door prepares and excites people for what they’ll see in your home. 

Don’t limit antique doors to the front of your house though.  You can replace any door in your home.  Antique doors not only add warmth to a room; they also get people talking.  One of Eclectic Architectural’s owners, Sharon Cox, mentioned the popularity of installing antique pantry doors in the kitchen – the heart of the home. That’s where people always tend to congregate, isn’t it?  Where there is food, there are people.

Although they specialize in doors, Eclectic Architecturals carries a myriad of other unique treasures.  If you scroll through their inventory on Latique, you’ll find a number of beautiful and unexpected things including antique columns, roof tiles, a Belgian window mirror, a Spanish alter fragment.  You can find these pieces, as well as your more traditional antiques such as tables, cabinets, and mirrors. 

Have fun Latiquing for doors!