Italian Villa-Style/ Thursday Doors

Returning this week to Thursday Doors with a share from Lawrence, Kansas. This is the historical home of Samuel A. Riggs. Built in Italian Villa style popular in the East during the time. It shares company with a very small number that survived the raid of Quantrill and his raiders in 1863. It was under construction at the time and had not been occupied. The brick walls stood the test of the fire and the owner repaired it and was able to move into it a year later in 1864. It was their residence for the next 50 years. Moving to Michigan in later years, they still retained ownership until 1931.  In its history it was also a hospital during WWI and has only been sold once, still owned by the widow of KU Professor, Austin Turney. For more interesting reading on the history of this beautiful home, check out kshs.org. So much to tell. If only these doors could talk!

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The next time we drive by here, I’ll hopefully get a good picture of the view down the road this home is on. There is a perfect view of Frazier Hall on the KU campus and it really appears very striking in the distance. Traffic just was not letting this happen on this particular day unfortunately.

“Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy forefathers have set.”

— Proverbs 22:28

The Parking Lot View/Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors this week is a bit different for me.

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We’re taking in the nighttime appeal of Lawrence, Kansas. Here is the very well-loved ‘Mass’ Street with it’s festive look for the holidays.

But now let’s take a look at the other doors you may have missed if you normally park along the store fronts.

We parked in a back lot and were able to find these hidden gems.

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I’d like to return during the day to browse here.

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And maybe here too. KC Royals attire is an absolute Midwest must!

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Not sure which store this belongs to,  but they seem patriotic.

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And this one I’m pretty sure is a ‘No’.

So just for the record, Lawrence, you have some attention-getting doors. Can’t wait for warmer weather to peruse some more.

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Remember Me/Thursday Doors

The ‘door’ this week is a little unusual in that we couldn’t get a good photo of the door for a mixture of reasons.

  1. Bad angle.
  2. The entrance to doors was cordoned off.
  3. Directly above the doors you see was a huge restaurant window with people starring at my husband. I’m sure they were wondering what shenanigans we were up to. So we snapped the pic and casually backed away like good citizens. I’m convinced that one day, we door photographers will be infamous and revered. Til then……

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But there’s more this week. We had a little history lesson on the street corner next to this set of doors.

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There was this marker honoring a distinquished citizen, Leo A. Beuerman

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You can see how small he is as he sits next to this tractor.

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The plaque reads,
“Remember Me -I’m that little man gone blind. I used to sell pencils on the street corner.”

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On the Safe Side/Thursday Doors

Sunday I figured the only door pics I’d end up with were these from a laundromat.
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But as fate would have it, I had a little luck.

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Now remember, banks are closed on Sundays in most places. But I was lucky to find this one …….

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Inside this bank-turned-restaurant appropriately named “Merchants”.

 

Cell phones can’t quite capture the whole door and window together with the space we had available so you’ll have to ‘picture’ it all in one.

Located in Downtown Lawrence, Kansas, if you’re ever in this part of the Midwest, Merchants is a real treat both in appearance and taste. Food pics some other time.

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Perception/Thursday Doors

When enlisting my husband and eldest daughter on my ‘hunt’ for doors, we had a perceptual experience together. We gazed upon this particular door in downtown Lawrence, Kansas and did a little window shopping as it kept us a little bit sheltered from the cold breeze.

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And almost simultaneously, we seemed to all realize this door could be reversible if it wasn’t for the little light fixture. Look at the next pic and maybe you’ll see what we mean.

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Maybe I should have done a little photo editing and removed it?

Would you have noticed it was the same door?? Yeah, probably. lol

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