Historic Doors

How many times do I get to see a historic building in the US? Hardly ever. The country is so new that has not yet had the time to grow old, make history and memories. In fact, I heard that when a building reaches 50 years of age, it goes down like dust. This past weekend I went to an art festival on the streets of Redwood City, a quaint town in Northern California and while walking around I noticed a few buildings designed in a classical style architecture. The Fitzpatrick building got my attention for its round shape over one of the entries, I thought it was a loggia above, but in reality, it is a turret with windows and a dome on top.

Redwood City, CA

Fitzpatrick is certainly not an American name. It seems it is a surname of a native Gaelic-Irish origin person with the Norman French Fitz as a prefix.

Redwood City in 1868 was a shipping port for all the industries present in the area. During the great earthquake of 1906 in San Francisco, the Fitzpatrick Building survived with minimal damage and for safety reasons, the dome was temporarily removed.

I love to see a plaque with a date.

The second entry of the Fitzpatrick’s building

Beautiful Ionic columns and decorated pilasters visually support a secondary entry. It must be pleasant working in this business building and be part of history, even if I think that the daily routine of those who work there, does not give much space to the imagination or to the realization of spending most of their days in a beautiful building that still stands after 112 years and that perhaps was part of many vicissitudes. I know that feeling, I studied fashion in a building 400 years old.

I hope you enjoy my findings and my participation in the Thursday Door Challenge organized by Dan Antion. Ciao.
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Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion consultant, author of 6 published books, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. Her books are non-fictional practical ideas to apply in the home, fashion, cooking and travel.
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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. robertawrites235681907
    Jun 13, 2022 @ 05:15:10

    HI Valentina, there aren’t many historical buildings here in South Africa either. We do have doors leading into interesting places though.



  2. memadtwo
    Jun 11, 2022 @ 01:26:01

    Unless you’re Native American, you’re the descendant of an immigrant, so Fitzpatrick is as American as any other name.
    I really like the second entry, with the arch and the plant design. (K)

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  3. Dan Antion
    Jun 10, 2022 @ 19:28:59

    It’s true, we don’t have many buildings that could be called historic, at least not outside of the context of our own history You gathered some lovely doors. I like that last photo a lot.

    Liked by 1 person


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