Thursday Doors – June 20, 2019

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time). 

Église Saint Norbert, Lanaudière, Québec

Yes, another rural church found during a country drive in early spring here in the Lanaudière region northeast of Montréal.

The original church built entirely of wood at a cost of $550 was erected on this site in 1846.

With our harsh winters wood structures don’t weather well and by 1868 the first church was already in danger of collapse.

In hopes of obtaining the funds for a new church an appeal was launched to get the Archbishop of Montreal at the time, Monsignor Ignace Bourget, to pay Saint Norbert’s a visit.

When Iggy showed up it didn’t take him long to see that the parishioners concerns were legit, and he then set things in motion to start raising the funds throughout the region, to build a proper, sturdy stone structure on the same site.

 It took them almost five years to raise the $29,000 needed for the new construction. Most is it raised through donations made by about 400 of the wealthiest families in the region.

With plans drawn up and the funds in hand, local stone-masons, carpenters, and other tradesmen were hired.

Construction began in July of 1875 and the new church was opened in October 1877.

No arguing with anyone who says that the doors on this one are nothing to write home about, but put a beautiful old stone church in a country setting and I will stop to photograph it every time 😉

These old heavy-duty spring-loaded yet decorative hinges caught my eye as well.

As did this nest for some temporary residents looking for a bit of shelter from the elements. I thought it seemed like a very fitting additional vocation for this place 🙂

As always I thank you for stopping in 🙂

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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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90 Responses to Thursday Doors – June 20, 2019

  1. jazzytower says:

    No door pops like a red door. Nice!



  2. Amy says:

    Red doors and stone…wonderful! Bird’s nest…priceless! 🙂 Lovely captures Norm.


  3. Beautiful place. I love that shot of the bird’s nest. Makes the place come alive, so to say.

    My doors of the week come from a small but charming village in Turkey:

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  4. Jennie says:

    $29,000 in the 1870’s was significant. A beautiful church! Love that giant spring hinge.

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  5. TCast says:

    Loving your red doors Norm, they’re beautiful. Here is my entry this week.

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  6. What could be better than red and a spring too? Here is my Door Post! i’ve been traveling!

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  7. Nice church. Birds need church too. Pretty red doors.

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  8. Rowena says:

    A beautiful sandstone Church, Norm. While not as spectacular as those stunning doors you saw in Italy, they still have their place and work in very well with the Church as whole.
    Best wishes,

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  9. Lovely large stone church in the countryside with striking red doors. The bird certainly found a nice home to hatch her young ones. I enjoyed the history behind the building, Norm!

    Here’s my post from my trip to Seoul, Korea this past (long) weekend.

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  10. Lovely stonework on that church – and well-spotted with the nest. Here’s my contribution for this week..

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  11. joey says:

    Gorgeous! Stone and a steeple, with a stunning red door! I think you saved the best for last as I really love the nest, so sweet! and the hardware. Really well captured additions to your collection.

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  12. Lovely church. And hooray for those red doors! My favorites, always. Here’s my entry for this week:

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  13. Hi Norm, it’s an old face from the past here. Beautiful church and red door and great photos! Also, congrats to “The North” for winning the NBA Championship from our Bay Area heroes; hopefully we will challenge Toronto to get the trophy back next year but with all of our team’s injuries that will be an effort.

    My current post is:

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  14. Su Leslie says:

    It’s a beautiful building, and the red door is fabulous. I’m with you and Joanne though on the hinges!

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  15. It’s beautiful! I love the stone with the white steeple/bell tower and that red door! The hinge is ginormous!

    Here’s the link to my door find this week.

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  16. ghostmmnc says:

    To me, there’s just something about a red door! Love the history you wrote about the old church, and how the new one came to be. 🙂

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  17. JT Twissel says:

    Looks like alcoves were build in the front for statues but never occupied. Love old stone buildings. Happy Doors day!

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  18. slfinnell says:

    Great stories of rebirth from the church to the bird’s nest 🙂 And country churches are always worthy!!

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  19. dennyho says:

    Pretty red church doors and stone, back to the basics and my favorites!!! And the bird’s nest…it does seem fitting they find refuge amongst the window sills and crevices of such a sacred buildings. Happy Thursday to you Norm!

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  20. Junieper2 says:

    What a beautiful combination of the light colored stone with the red doors! And a nice time to meet on Sunday:) Wow, how the $$ to build have inflated.

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  21. Ally Bean says:

    St. Norbert’s has the best red doors. Absolutely love them. Great photos and history, too.

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  22. Another happy church. I find your churches much more cheerful than the majority of those in Italy. My doors are from a Roman street with the same name as amore’s youngest. 🙂

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  23. anitashope says:

    What an awesome building. Thanks for sharing the history of it as it makes it even more special.

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  24. Cee Neuner says:

    Hi Norm,
    Here are my photo of Air Force one and one huger hangar/garage door.

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  25. what a beautiful building! Love the red doors

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  26. lifelessons says:

    My door is in stark contrast to your solid lockable doors.

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  27. lifelessons says:

    Love the hinges the the splash of color furnished by the door.

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  28. seaangel4444 says:

    I don’t know what it is about red doors but I love them! Thank you, Norm! My Thursday Door this week is that of the entrance to “Yamashiro”; it’s a restaurant built in 1914 overlooking Hollywood. Thanks so much, Norm!

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  29. Beautiful building, Norm. Red doors always look great set against bare stone. I featured the same colour doors for this week’s blog.

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  30. Dymoon says:

    the grandeur of the older buildings, they hold the test of time… my post

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      They do indeed. Thank you.
      By the way I went over and commented on your post but I think WordPress may have bounced my comment into the spam filter. You may need to dig into your comments admin settings and go release me from spam prison 😉


  31. marianallen says:

    The doors are such a beautiful red, though, it doesn’t matter if they’re a little on the plain side. And the stonework is well worth the stop! Love the little nest tucked away. 🙂 Wonder how much more money they need to fill those niches on the front? Maybe parishioners take turns standing up there in costume on holy days? Oh, I almost forgot: My post is here:

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  32. Dan Antion says:

    I’m with you, Norm, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to poke around such an interesting building. The costs of building the two versions are just amazing. Of course, 150 years worth of inflation being what it is, I understand. I wonder if the skills even exist to build a stone structure?

    My doors are also from the 19th century, but not nearly as stately –

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      I didn’t do a calculation to figure out how much those costs would be in today’s dollars, though I’m sure there’s an app for that! I just thought it was interesting that it took them more than twice as long to raise the money as it did to build.
      Certainly not many more than a handful of individuals qualified and trained to do that kind of stone work today.
      Thanks Dan 🙂

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  33. Joanne Sisco says:

    That is serious hardware!

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  34. Handsome red doors some with historic hardware and some with no hardware at all. Interesting. 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Judy. I wish now I had taken a bit more time to get some wide shots of the location too.Right beside a small river…with a single lane bridge…so very country-cozy 🙂


  35. tallulahbass says:

    Those hinges are really something.

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  36. Beautiful old building and a great capture of it, Norm! Thanks for sharing.

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  37. scooj says:

    A fine church and amazing it took only 2 years to build. That hinge is a monster.

    More graffiti doors from me this week I’m afraid.

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