1920's & 1930's Doors
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image 1The ideal look for a traditional home would have been heavy oak doors but often a more affordable choice was staining a cheaper wood. When doors were painted they would have been in dark colours of green and black with edges and panels picked out in cream. Traditional style doors would have used cast iron door furniture. Handles would often be two thirds of the way up. Decorative led glass work would have been found in the top half of the door or as a sidelight to show off the wider hall ways.

Moderne style homes would likely have had painted softwood doors with geometric shapes of coloured glass, often using patterns of sun rays or chevrons. Door furniture tended to reflect the Hollywood fashion with chrome.

1920's and 30's Semi houses were built with the doors being on the outer edge of the facade. This gave greater privacy than the Victorian style of putting semi houses doors side by side


Traditional Style Doors

"The best way of finding the right style of front door is to look at the other houses in the neighbourhood. Chances are you'll see the original style for your house, but don't try and commit it to memory always take a photo of the other doors before you choose one for you." Channel 4 Homes


Moderne Style Doors



Internet links for period and reproduction doors

Mongers Architectural Salvage: Period Doors

Bygones Salvage Doors

Scottish Doors

Dorset Doors

Salvo Doors

Peco of Hampton Doors


Building Doors and Gates

Period Details: Doors and Windows

The Housebuilder's Bible


Internet links for period and reproduction door furniture

The Period Ironmonger

Reminis Period Restoration Emporium: Door Furniture

Willow and Stone Door Fittings

The Paint Stripper: Door Funiture and Door Handles

BBC Homes 1930's


Useful Links to Period Door Articles

Advice for fitting period handles and lock settings: Scottish Doors

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

Bernards Door Furniture Period Styles FAQ

The Window Man: An understanding of the times

Fylde Borough Council: Window, Doors and Joinery Advice


The 1930s House Manual

The 1930s House Explained

The 1930s Home


Forum Debates

Channel 4 Homes Forum


Useful Research Websites

BBC Homes 1920's:

BBC Homes 1930's

Hidden House History

Francis Frith Photo Archive

The Geffrye Museum

English Architecture: Britain Express

Looking at Buildings: Pevsner Architectural Guides

Glass Replacement - Sidelights on Front Door







Post War

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