Thursday Doors – August 13, 2015

We recently took a trip to our nation’s capitol, Ottawa about a two and half hour drive West of Montreal, to visit the Parliament buildings, which are the home to our Federal Government.

Sitting on a hill on the banks of the Ottawa River Canada’s Parliament is made up of three main buildings.

The centre block (below) contains our main House of Commons, the place where all proposed federal legislation is presented and debated by our elected officials before being voted into law.


One of the unmistakable features of the centre block is the majestic 300 foot tall peace tower.

The other two structures that make up the parliament buildings are the East and West blocks, which contain hundreds of offices for various ministers and senators, as well as other meeting rooms.

The West block is currently under renovations and was cloaked in scaffolding. Here is a shot of the East block:


I had not visited Parliament Hill since the fifth grade when we went there on a school field trip as part of our studies about politics, parliamentary democracy, the Canadian constitution, and how the laws that govern our everyday lives come into being.

The memories of these wonderful old neo-gothic structures with their vaulted ceilings, marble staircases, classic artwork and stone carvings had me thinking that if these buildings were as impressive as I remembered them, then grown-up me was in for a real treat when it came to discovering and photographing their doors.

So there I was walking up the path across the lawn towards the centre block, camera at the ready, fully expecting to be marveled by a majestic set of doors leading into the heart of Canadian democracy.

Instead this is what I found:


Some of the planest looking oak doors I have ever seen 😦

Okay, yes the entranceway is certainly not shabby with arches and carvings, but I have to say the actual doors that lead into the main home of our federal government are somewhat underwhelming.

After getting over my initial disappointment I looked over at the East bloc and noticed quite a few different looking doors that from a distance anyway, seemed to have potential.

We headed over and ended up spending almost half an hour walking all the way around the building, stopping frequently to take pictures of some pretty impressive doors.

Here are a few of my favourites:


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Now that’s a little more like it 🙂

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About Norm 3.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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53 Responses to Thursday Doors – August 13, 2015

  1. Norm 2.0 says:

    I added it to the link-up for this week’s (August 20th) post. Feel free to join us again whenever you have a share worthy door 🙂


  2. restlessjo says:

    Mighty doors, Norm! 🙂

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  3. Capt Jill says:

    Beautiful building Norm! I like the last door best. Love those beautiful metalwork details.
    I’ll try to do a post later. My computer is giving me fits! Moved my blog and it’s hell to do anything with it at the moment. 😦

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  4. Splendid doors Norm, especially the last one, can’t resist those gothic arches and the 2 carved rosettes, perfect!

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  5. klara says:

    amazing building and quite a few very impressive doors. I am offering a detail this time:

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  7. Those first couple of doors are so bland compared to the rest. What a building, so much detail around those fabulous windows.

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  9. dimlamp says:

    I’ve been to the Parliament building too. They are impressive. I lik those decorative Gothic arches.

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  11. Bernice says:

    Awesome doors!! Unbelievable! Such beautiful architecture!

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  13. Well done! Yours are very straight (as in not askew) and inviting.

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  15. joannesisco says:

    Like you, I haven’t visited Ottawa and the Parliament Buildings in decades. I liked the door with the iron ‘lacework’ on it. That’s a door with attitude 🙂

    It’s funny that since I started following your Thursday door series, I find myself looking at doors in a way I never did before. I suspect your standards are way higher than mine though. I would have been so impressed with the door framing, I wouldn’t have noticed the doors themselves were actually plain 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      It’s funny how different things stand out more than others depending on who’s looking. I’m not sure it has so much to do with standards as it does with personal preference though.
      You are right though, the framing on the main doors is quite impressive 🙂

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  16. Corina says:

    What a wealth of beautiful doors you uncovered in just this one area! I love them all (well, most of them).

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  18. Beautiful photos. I love the angel on the next to last one.

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  19. Nelson says:

    I do not know if you noticed, your second photo, the tower on the right, it look like a face two eyes and the nose, I took that shot last year

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  20. Sammy D. says:

    I often wonder why we don’t travel to Canada instead of the long flight to Europe – you have such beautiful buildings and wilderness. You and Dan are a bit harsh on your door expectations 😁 – it’s not always the physical doors, but often their setting or their meaning in our lives that makes them special. I look forward to Thursdays to see the many ways doors affect our lives.

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  22. reocochran says:

    I enjoy the beauty in the photographes of these elaborate doors, Norm. I like that you add so many layers of information snd different angles of the building , too. 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words 😀

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      • reocochran says:

        Norm, you are right about the first door being rather plain but the arch over it helped give it some distinction. As you mentioned, the tour around the buildings revealed so much more in the other doors’ photographs. My favorite has a reflection of the blue sky on almost a 4-leaf clover carved window above a door. 🙂

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  23. Some majestic doors!

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  26. Dan Antion says:

    I also love the door with the iron work. It’s interesting that we were both disappointed by our doors this week. I eventually found doors that worked, but nothing like the three sets you shared. I do love the Gothic arches though. The doors are plain but the entrance is grand.

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  29. You kept the best for last – love that last door with the scrolled ironwork. 🙂 And, the first photo is amazing with the entire block centered, and the beautiful Canadian flag waving at the top. Hope you bought your wife a nice lunch after letting you stop to take all these wonderful shots. 🙂

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