Thursday Doors – October 06, 2016

“A Door with a Past”

This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world.

I titled this “A Door with a Past” since it represents a bit of the history of Maynooth, Ontario. The town is a historic southern gateway to Canada’s renowned Algonquin Park. The park itself has a history of artistic imagery made famous by Canada’s Group of Seven. A group of painters who so wonderfully captured the natural beauty of this area on canvas in the 1920’s.

It is rumoured that one of these artists made this home his residence for some time during that period. I can’t recall which one but the mere thought that such a famous person lived here made the price of the building substantially higher than similar properties. So, it has sat empty, bearing the ravages of time and nature, waiting for the right person to bring it back to life. Hopefully that happens before it degrades any further.

iPhone 5s back camera @ 4.2mm
1/470 sec;   f/2.2;   ISO 32

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18 Comments on “Thursday Doors – October 06, 2016

  1. It’s a shame that someone’s greed is causing a property to fall into disrepair. Obviously the premium price requested is not valued by the potential market.

    I remember this style of door very well growing up in the 60s. I’m surprised someone hasn’t broken the window yet. Your caption as ‘a door with a past’ is apropos.

  2. Amazing how you captured the reflection of the tree and sky in the window,

  3. Lovely shot Ed. As you say hopefully someone comes along soon to give this place the TLC is deserves.
    It has been a while since I’ve been canoe camping in Algonquin but I’ll keep an eye out for this place if I do get out that way again.

  4. I reckon I’ve been noticing these sorts of doors more and more recently – the ones that aren’t in the best condition, but have so much character because they’ve (presumably) gone through so much. Maybe it’s just the books that I’ve been reading, but seeing doors like this one gets my mind thinking about what stories could be created from it.

  5. Very interesting history in your post, Ed. I never heard of the Group of Seven. Such a pity that poor old house has been left abandoned.

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