- 1837 Georgian & Regency Style
door would of been a simple six panelled design without glass. The two
smaller top panells may of been changed to glass in the later Georgian
or Victorian period.
houses would have had simple flat frontages. Windows and doors would
be set back at least four inches from the brick face. Front doors sometimes
had a simple semi-circular fanlight above. Later in the Georgian period
more detail appeared. Stone work to provide a grander entrance with
classical pillars, pediments, hoods and porches
- 1901 Victorian
houses tended to have narrow hallways and entrances. The front door
was often made of softwood and painted, stained or grained to look like
hardwood. The doors would have been panelled, divided into four or six
sections with some panels filled with glass. A beautiful front door
would have been very important to the Victorian home owner so it would
have been well maintained with gleaming brass furniture.
houses were often built on wider plots so a side window sometimes flanked
the main door letting in more light to the hallway. The front door was
often large, panelled and painted with Art
Nouveau or Neo-Georgian
glass. It was popular to paint the doors red or green. By the Edwardian
period most householders no longer had maids to scrub the step and polish
the brass knockers so door furniture was finished with a maintenance
free black coating. Steps were made of stone or covered with a simple
sheet of metal.
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 seen 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.
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
Oak Gothic style
arched front door with leaded lights and raised mouldings that cover
joints in the boards.
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.
links for period and reproduction doors
Architectural Salvage: Period Doors
Links to Period Door Articles
for fitting period handles and lock settings: Scottish Doors
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
Door Furniture Period Styles FAQ
Window Man: An understanding of the times
Replacement - Sidelights on Front Door
door images on Flickr