Thursday Doors – June 25, 2020

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). 

Doors in Rosemont/Petite-Patrie, Montréal

Finally! A real on-foot, get-out-of-the-car-and-walk-around doorscursion this week. And it was in the city no less 🙂

Located in the central/eastern part of the island of Montréal, Rosemont/Petite-Patrie is geographically one of the largest boroughs in the city. At almost 16 square kilometers and closing in on 150,000 residents the area where I grew up is a primarily working class, quiet residential neighbourhood.

The older parts of the borough are known for their tree-lined streets,

and an over all higher ratio of duplexes, triplexes, and small appartement blocks rather than detached single family homes. I guess that’s a fancy, politically correct way of saying it’s more densely populated than some of the richer neighbourhoods 😉

They also have lots of those crazy outdoor winding iron staircases that I’ve mentioned in previous posts are one of Montréal’s most unique architectural anomalies.

Being densely populated doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty too.

A gate to an apparent back yard oasis

You’ll also find a healthy mix of all the things you’d normally expect in an urban setting: restaurants, cafés, shops, schools, places of worship, and loads of delightful street-art is scattered throughout the borough.

Of course I had to stumble upon this mural of a door!

It is also home to Montréal’s Little Italy and arguably the best and certainly the biggest farmer’s market in the city, Jean-Talon Market. Both are areas that I will eventually get around to showing you, but not today 🙂

For today’s doorscursion I stuck to the quieter residential streets and found lots of loveliness to share.

To be honest I was surprised to find so many well-maintained or recently-redone beauties all within a few blocks of each other.

When you see scenery like this is it any wonder that the borough is seeing a steady increase in popularity among all demographics these days?

Even though I moved out of this neighbourhood almost 25 years ago and I’m not planning on moving back into the city in the foreseeable future, whenever I go back to this part of town, it still feels like home.

And I would hazard a guess that even the birds agree…it’s a nice place to live 🙂

Always look up, even when you’re searching for doors because you never know what you might find.

To share your own Thursday Doors post just paste your link in the comments section below so that others can visit and have a look at your discoveries. Remember: you have until noon eastern North American time on Saturday to add your link.

As always, if you have the time, please take a few minutes to visit some of the Thursday Door posts shared by our other contributors.

Thanks for looking 🙂 

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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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111 Responses to Thursday Doors – June 25, 2020

  1. Excellent photos …very creative.
    Here’s my blog post.

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  2. Jennie says:

    The birdhouse and the painted door on bricks were big winners. How wonderful to be out and about again. I noticed every home but one had the same wrought iron fencing, yet they all had different and beautiful porch ceilings. I guess your wonderful photos made me look up. Thank you, Norm.

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  3. So great to see you out and about again. And what a lovely place you chose to ramble. The door mural made me smile as if it was waiting there for you to showcase it here :-). Welcome back (to your former) home.

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  4. Pretty doors, cute birdhouse, and love the door mural.

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  5. Sherry Felix says:

    I’m happy you are now and about. We bought a car so we can get about and also look for a place to live outside NYC. No time for doors this week.

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  6. Joanne Sisco says:

    The old stomping grounds look mighty fine, Norm. It’s nice to be able to go back and still have the feeling of home. I love the tree-lined street and the well-kept doorways, but the mural is a wow. A perfect addition to a Thursday Door post 🙂

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  7. Tara says:

    I likes the faux door (mural) and the birdhouse the best, but they’re all lovely. And I want one of those outside staircases. I haven’t been outside out of my car, except at the park — and there are no doors there. 😦 COVID!!! *shakes fist at the sky*

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  8. KFBuchsbaum says:

    I always love your beautiful pictures. I have gone in a very different direction this week and focused on jail doors. Hope you like them 😉

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  9. tinahomeblog says:

    love those Montreal stairs❤️

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  10. What a lovely neighborhood. While it was hard to choose from all your wonderful shots, I think my favorite is the second photo. I really like the iron circular staircase and the small stain glass windows. I’m so glad to hear you were able to get out and about! Have a nice week ahead.

    Here’s mine!

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  11. seaangel4444 says:

    Holy cow, Norm! These are fantastic! I love the ‘painting’ of the door, the wee door on the bird house, and my goodness, I wonder if the people at 3110 would let me know where they got that beautiful glass inlay! Just spectacular! Cher xo

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  12. Hello,
    I just stumbled upon this place, and I’m intrigued by the idea.
    Here’s my entry

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thank you and welcome to #ThursdayDoors.
      I went over and left a comment on your post but the WordPress spam filter always catches my first comment on a blog. You may have to go into the spam or pending folder in the comments tab of your blog admin tool and free me from spam prison. Cheers!


  13. Beautiful! I’m sure you were excited to be out and about!

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  14. Isn’t it great to get out and about, Norm? I’ll never take my freedom of movement for granted again. From next week we can travel anywhere in the country and I can’t wait to see my mother and my grandchildren. Love the door mural but my favourite is the last wee door. I’m glad you looked up.
    Here’s mine for this week, thanks.

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  15. Love the second photo. It makes me think of a nice day!

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  16. tgeriatrix says:

    So we both enjoyed going out again! I love the mural. Here is part of what I found:

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  17. lolaWi says:

    a fantastic collection of urban doors! very lovely. thank you! here is mine:

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  18. Pistachios says:

    A remarkable selection of doors, Norm! Looks like a delightful place for a stroll on a mild day!
    I wonder though, when you do these suburban wanderings, have you ever taken a photo of a door to a random house, and later found out that it belonged to someone you know? If this was your old neighbourhood, I guess it would be possible (?)

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks and yes it is a nice place to explore.
      No I’ve never taken a picture of a door only to find out later that it belonged to someone I knew. I guess it might happen eventually one day….

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  19. Linda Schaub says:

    I liked the trompe-l’œil door best but that last one was unexpected and fun as well. Glad you had a fruitful “real” doorscursion.

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  20. Great collection of doors, and a what a wonderful surprise to round them off.

    For this week:

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  21. Loved the winding staircase, and such beautiful doors. Any neighborhood that provides artisan houses for birds would be a grand place to grow up!

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  22. The lighting and the colors in this post are nice and summery! I actually have the same color scheme as your second picture in my post:

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  23. .lily says:

    Wow, those all are great doors! I really like the spiral staircase one. Wonderful!

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  24. Debbie Smyth says:

    Great to see you out and about, Norm. I love the staircases (though perhaps more to look at than to climb!). And I love the door mural.
    I got out this week too, so here are some old but new-to-me doors:

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  25. JT Twissel says:

    Is there a rat motif atop 5738? Beaver? Looks like a great neighborhood.

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  26. Cee Neuner says:

    Oh Norm, I adored this post this week. The door mural on bricks is a wonderful delight. 😀
    Here is my entry for this week. Enjoy!

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  27. Happy to hear you got out of the house and took a walk. What a lovely community and door tour

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  28. That mural of a door was meant for you! So glad you could get out and about . . . finally. And your pictures show your happiness.

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  29. Timothy says:

    Here is my entry. Only a few doors, but a few walls and windows as well…

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  30. The Painted Door on Brick and the Bird House are my favorites this week. I have to share an odd Door situation form a night tour of Denver a few years back:

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  31. Ally Bean says:

    3014 calls to me. When can I move in?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Norm 2.0 says:

      It is pretty isn’t it? I think you’ll have to wait until they re-open the border before you start making plans to move, and of course the current occupants may also have a say in the matter 😉

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  32. Yay for your doorscursion in a lovely setting where it must have been great to grow up, even if it didn’t look quite like this before. Your doors are full of life and serenity and calm beauty. Every single one is marvellous but the most I love the curves, and that mural. Somebody knew you were coming. 🙂 Oh, and the birdhouse too!

    Yay for my Piran as well. It took me a while but now I’m here. These were the first door photos I took.

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  33. Almost Iowa says:

    The bird house is great – but how to the birds open the little door? 🙂 🙂 🙂

    (Sorry, sometimes I just can’t help myself)

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  34. marianallen says:

    Oooooo, 3110! Wonderful doors, as always. I always think I would love to live in a densely populated neighborhood, with lots of amenities nearby, but then I remember living in apartments, and all the noise and smelling other people’s cooking…. Think I’ll stay where I am. 🙂 My doors are leftovers from more scursiony times:

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  35. Dan Antion says:

    These are wonderful doors / entrances, Norm. I think the door at 3161 is the most interesting door I’ve seen. I can imagine making that, but the stress of getting it assembled would be daunting.

    I love the curved iron stairs.

    My doors are at –

    I hope you have a great weekend.

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  36. I can just imagine how you loved being out and about, Norm. You found lots of attractive doors and I, like everyone else, really enjoyed the mural and birdhouse doors. Those staircases are unique, that’s for sure, although in winter I’m not sure they’d be much fun. Now that we’re in the desert, I’m relishing all the green scenes people post. 🙂 Happy Thursday!


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  37. scooj says:

    Norm, there is so much to like here. Firstly being able to get out and have a doorscursion is just fantastic. Naturally I love the mural of a door – a dream for me that one. And the whole neighbourhood looks amazing in the summer sun, and the bird box door is the icing on the cake.

    Back to my archive street art doors this week:

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  38. Flavia Vinci says:

    Ad a street art fan I loved the painted one and the birds house! 😍 And here is my contribution for this week

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  39. Sheree says:

    Gorgeous selection!

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  40. The street art that’s adjacent to this weeks door has been there a while but even though it’s long past its best, it’s still an impressive piece nonetheless

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  41. Teresa says:

    It is good that you were able to go out and have a doorscursion again. I love that apartment with a winding staircase plus who wouldn’t love your bird house Goor. Love it 😍 Thanks Norm for sharing and will post my entry soon.

    Regards, Teresa

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  42. Love the street art door and the cutesie bird box door too!

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  43. Big doors, little door, a mural, and a gorgeous winding staircase. You door excursion rocks, Norm. 🙂

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  44. Hello, Norm. I discovered ‘Thursday Doors’ through lovely Sheree’s blog posts (‘View From the Back’). Doors are like people, isn’t it? They come in all shapes and sizes, all with a little story to tell (or lock behind).

    I really enjoyed your Thursday doorscursion 🙂 especially the painted door and the bird house door. Your pictures got me thinking of the Postman, he must be one fit man climbing all those little flights of stairs.

    Here’s my first Thursday Doors blog post. I used holiday images we took while visiting my native Romania – now I reside in South Africa so, either way you look, I’m on the other side of the world.

    Looking forward to seeing some more doorscursion today 🙂
    Keep well.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Hello Pat. Thank you and welcome to #ThursdayDoors! I’m glad you found us and decided to jump in – the more the merrier 🙂
      The stairs are a unique and somewhat illogical feature, considering our winter weather, that found all over Montreal. It dates back to building codes from about 130 years ago increasing the minimum distance between the buildings and the street. To make up for the lost living space builders started putting the stairs on the outside of the buildings.
      By the way, I went over and left a comment on your post but the WordPress spam filter always catches my first comment on a blog. You may have to go into the spam or pending folder in the comments tab of your blog admin tool and free me from spam prison. Cheers!

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      • Thank you for visiting, Norm. I do appreciate it.
        I can imagine the need to put some space between the snow piling up in winter and the entrance to a home.
        I only know Montreal from the descriptions in Kathy Reichs’ “Bones” books, but I grew up knowing heavy winters so I understand the concept 🙂

        A lovely community, that of ‘Thursday Doors’ and I am looking forward to traveling the world and learning about the art, the architecture, the history and the people of other countries – through their doors.

        Sorry about the WP Spam issue, it happens at least once a week. I replied to your comment. 🙂

        Keep well.
        Cheers! Pat

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