Thursday Doors – October 15, 2015

Lunenberg 5

While on vacation last month in Nova Scotia I hit the mother lode when it comes to wonderful doors, particularly in the seaside town of Lunenburg.

Located about an hours’ drive south of Halifax, Lunenburg was a hub for both the fishing and the shipbuilding industries. Partly because of its historical significance to those industries in the region, as well as for the number of well-maintained examples of brightly decorated 18th and 19th century coastal architecture, in 1995 the entire town was named a UNSECO World Heritage site – the only entire town with this distinction in North America.

Lunenberg 4

I spent a good part of an afternoon wandering the streets of Lunenburg taking pictures of the wonderful architecture and of course, the doors; and oh, what doors! So many that I’ll be annoying my readers with doors from this area in posts for months to come 🙂


For this week I chose a series of doors all from a similar style of entranceway. Though each is unique in its own way they, all have the same bump-out or bowed design:

Lunenberg 3

Lunenberg 2

Lunenberg 1

Lunenberg 6

Some of them are definitely in need of a little TLC. If they all seem a little narrower than modern doors that’s because they are. I guess the building codes were different back then.

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About Norm 2.0

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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59 Responses to Thursday Doors – October 15, 2015

  1. Wow! These photos are unbelievably familiar because they echo old architecture here in Newfoundland.

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  2. reocochran says:

    I did not realize towns had such similar patterns. These doors pop out at you in two ways, Norm. Bright colors and the “bumped out” entrances. We will enjoy your future posts of this picturesque town of Luxemburg.

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  3. What lovely architecture and splendid colours Norm! I wonder if the people are as interesting and happy as their doors and buildings!?

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  4. Sue says:

    What a wonderful place, no wonder it has UNESCO status! Came across your blog via Jane Morley’s….I must post some doors myself….

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  5. Inger says:

    I love the design of these doors! First I thought it was from San Fransisco, before I read the text to learn it is from Canada. Seems I need to take a trip east! 🙂

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  6. Sue Slaght says:

    Norm from the first glimpse of the first photo I was struck by the similarity to the Painted Ladies of San Francisco. One can’t help but smile at the details and colours. You have captured it beautifully. I have been to Nova Scotia several times but never to Lunenburg. On the list for another trip. Thank you!

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  7. Bernice says:

    These doors are absolutely beautiful and I love the framing! It is hard to pick a favorite since they each have its own unique beauty. I would love to have any of those doors as part of my house.

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  8. carol1945 says:

    I love this post. I became fascinated with doors when I was in Quebec. Wonderful doors there too!! I have been wanting to go to Nova Scotia for a long, long time, and your post has given me a great travel impetus!!!


  9. Becky B says:

    What fabulous porches – I wonder if it was all the same builder/architect or whether it was a trend that just took off?

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      I think it was more of an architectural style that took off. Exterior style vestibules were a great way to prevent the cold winter winds from getting too far into the home.


  10. Cee Neuner says:

    Hi Norm,
    Here is another door that I found that I can use for your challenge. 😀

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  11. jesh stg says:

    Nova Scotia is on my bucket list. Have heard so many wonderful things from there, and I can see now why. Beautiful – any blogger would go gaga!

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  12. jan says:

    So colorful! I guess they like to make the street numbers plainly visible!

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  13. mariannegv says:

    Lovely doors. I love the colors. Here’s my entry for this Thursday:
    Kind greetings,

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  14. Sammy D. says:

    What unique designs and rich color on some. This was a fun tour!

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  15. joey says:

    So beautiful! It’s such a beautiful place.
    I’m skipping this week. The girls are on fall break and I’m getting a lot done at home 🙂

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  16. facetfully says:

    Well, if I never get there, I can see it through your eyes! I am curious if you know, are the doors “bumped out” to keep the cold out by having a second door inside? Thanks!

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  17. Robin says:

    Such beautiful doors. I love all the colors, too.

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  18. Paula says:

    These have got to be the most decorative way to keep the cold out while coming and going! What a great collection of doors…

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      I know eh? Since becoming a world heritage site the town put in rules to encourage people to use bright colors and original period decorative elements and no modern building materials – No vinyl siding or aluminum doors allowed.

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  19. Nato says:

    Oh gosh! What a wonderful style of door. I really like that and never would have thought if a door and window bay in one. Huh. Smart and pretty! Thanks for sharing:) I really enjoyed those.

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  20. They are so beautiful, all of them.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks. Now like I was telling you, I just have to stop taking Montreal for granted, get off my butt and do the same kind of walking tour through some of our own wonderful neighborhoods right here at home 😉


  21. Lynn says:

    We stayed in Lunenburg a few years ago when visiting the East Coast. Such a beautiful area!

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  22. Norm, these are beautiful. I have never seen this style before, and I love it. I really like the one with the window boxes and the one with the little ship knocker. Glad you visited and shared. 🙂

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  23. Wow, the mother lode is right, Norm. Great detail and such beautiful colors as well.


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  24. Dan Antion says:

    These are wonderful doors Norm. It’s amazing what a little molding and some paint can do. The bright, fun colors and decorative details really jazz this town up. It must have been fun to walk through.

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  25. What a fabulous colourful, historical town, and those ornate doors. I love how some of them match the bay windows.

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