Front Doorways of Prague
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image 1Lovers of architecture and design would be in heaven within the city walls of Prague. This city known as the "golden city of spires" is awash with period details from the dynamic Baroque style to Art Nouveau and Cubism.

Prague has examples of architecture that spans over one thousand years. It was spared from heavy war damage and now displays so much beauty that viewers are inspired at every corner.

Both domestic and business properties in Old Prague are heavily decorated with large slabs of granite, carved wood, stone statues and painted plaster decorations on an enormous scale. Doorways span 20 feet high and surrounding it is art that tells a story or depicts a religious tale. Before the 18th century Prague's homes had no numbered addresses so each house had to be identified by its name. The door entrances influenced by the dramatic baroque style became away of identifying an address and this style of design continued throughout the years.






Decoding the Guardians of Prague streets by Ilya Marritz

A brief history of Prague: Prague Spot


"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

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


Forum Debates

Prague Spot Forum

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