Six Panel Door

A little Architecture Moment:  This style door, originally called a Cross and Open Bible door or a Christian door, was built in early colonial homes to mark that home as a Christian dwelling.  Look at the shape formed by the four top panels.  Can you see the cross?  The two bottom panels were meant to show an open Bible.   

 I learned this from my brother Jim, who takes free brochures (and actually reads them!) that are in racks in restaurants, shops and motels.  His kids razz him about trolling for free stuff. 

This reminds me of Don and Naomi Cole, family friends, who put up a wooden sign-spotlighted-above their porch one Christmas: Jesus is Lord.  It stayed up after other Christmas decorations were removed, because they couldn’t take it down in good conscience.  When I was in Jr. High and High School, I often walked by their house; it was my “safe house” I could run to if I felt threatened. 

A local restaurant, a Greek takeout called Yia Yia Nikki’s, has a sign above the door: GOD.  What does it mean and why is it about the door?  I must ask.

Architecture is an area I’d love to explore.  It fascinates me how beliefs are reflected in stone, wood, glass and design.  All building is informed by our beliefs and values. 


9 thoughts on “Six Panel Door

  1. I would love a big, thick Dutch Door for my front.  That way, when someone knocks, I can just open the top and not be trying to keep the dog from lunging (for joy of a visitor!) and I would feel safer in my not so genteel neighborhood.

  2. Bargeboarding!  Our small town gave away free posters of local bargeboarding to an inquisitive homeschool family, who promptly invited us (and 5 more families) to a walking tour of the historic district to try to match the poster with actual addresses.  It was a blast!Sadly, the other architectural trend in our town is a result of the attempt to maintain class distinctions (so often racially motivated here in Georgia): the homes nearest the factory, where upper management lived, are splendid.  Middle managers lived a few blocks away in more modest homes.  Common laborers were housed in shanties, now the “dangerous” outskirts of town-those who performed the most manual labor also had the furthest to walk to get home!I’m going to remember your safehouse, and see if we can do that. TY!

  3. once again, Carol, thank you for removing my blinkers: I had to get up to see what our front door looks like: glass (I knew that) with burglarproofing in the shape of crosses and open Bibles – awesome! My daughter studies to become a professional architect, and History of Architecture is her favorite subject. I will arrange a coffee session between the two of you   

  4. How did I miss this fun post??  Yep, had to go look at my front door….I have a cross!!  I had NEVER noticed it before….Now that’s all I will see.  Thanks!! 

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