This week I posted a photo of a beautiful pair of doors on a local Photography FB page with the caption, “mystery doors.” I asked followers to guess where they are and where they lead. It was a fun game which prompted several fun responses. My favorite was, “to my dead end career.”
Finally, someone took me seriously and explained the history of the doors. Apparently a homeowner was under the impression that he owned the land that abutted the lake at the corner of his property, so he erected the doors to keep trespassers off his lawn. The city sued the homeowner, claiming the land was owned by them, and won the case. However, they left the doors standing. Hmmm…. I was not able to determine the year that this happened, but from the looks of the homes in the neighborhood, I am guessing 1950’s.
I was a bit disappointed with the history, given the elaborateness of the doors. They simply do not fit the scene. I had romanticized it to be the grand entrance of an 1800’s era home belonging to our town’s founding family, and when the house fell to disrepair, only the gate remained of the glory days….nope.
Personally, I am very happy that the homeowner did not opt for a basic “keep off the grass” sign.
If you want to see more Thursday Doors, check out this website. Thanks Norm for hosting.