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January 28, 2010

Finding Beauty,or in this case a little beast, right on your doorstep….

Filed under: photography,The Hague — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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door knob frog

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Right up until the very darkest and coldest days of winter, I have been taking the tram to work and doing a lot of walking in my neighbourhood and surrounding ones as I try and increase my exercise and fitness.

At the moment I’m back to taking the car ( -6 C in the mornings is just too much for my asthma at the moment) but I’m definitely looking forward to warmer days and to continuing my walks.

Dutch houses in the cities  mostly have their front doors leading directly off the footpath, so it’s easy to spot some of the decorative doors, tiles, door-knockers and letterboxes.

Of course if you look at my blog you will see that I like photos, LOTS of photos, so it’s no surpirse that I have been carrying my camera around during my walks…

….just in case I see a photographic gem.

This is how I chanced across this wonderful froggie doorknob, enchanting, tacktile, whimsical and functional all in one !

door knob frog

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Other doorways are works of art in themselves… styles range from Art Deco, to Art Nouveau to everything before and after…

wrought iron door

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

art neavou door

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

These older houses on the Laan van Meerdervoort ( the longest street in The Hague) are about 1/3rd wider than a normal doorway would be… for wide skirts in days gone by? Who knows?

wide door

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

wide door

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

wide door

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

wrought iron door

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

wide door

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

And a few more…

wrought iron door

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

art neavou door

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The funny thing about this one is that the windows are way above head height…

unusual door

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Aggggh… wrought iron… love it!

wrought iron door

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

wrought iron door

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

wrought iron door

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

7 Comments »

  1. You captured them all very well;Love that froggy!
    Rita

    Comment by Sage — January 28, 2010 @ 2:39 pm | Reply

  2. Isn’t that froggy simply gorgeous ?! I just wanted to stand and stroke him… so simple and yet with all the detail you need. Wonderful design and such a lovely change from “regular” plain doorknobs.

    Comment by kiwidutch — January 28, 2010 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

  3. I love this stuff! You just don’t see this type of attention to detail in homebuilding anymore. I’m drooling over the ironwork, and the wider doors are fantastic.

    Comment by blisterina — January 28, 2010 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

    • blisterina, I’m like you, I looove this kind of architectural detail. Ironwork, stonework, carving and decorative things like this quirky beautiful little froggy door handle. I have no idea if this was a custom made handle or if it was manufactured somewhere, either way it’s just soooo tactile, I even want to reach out and stroke the photo LOL. The wide doors are a feature of some of the older houses only in this beginning part of the Laan van Meerdervoort, they are at least 100-150 years old if not older, so I’m guessing that they have a historical reason behind them somewhere. (The houses further out are generally of a younger vintage as the city grew outwards over the decades and centuries)…they all have “normal” sized doorways.

      Comment by kiwidutch — January 28, 2010 @ 6:51 pm | Reply

      • I think your idea that the wider doors might have accommodated wider skirts could be true.

        Comment by blisterina — January 29, 2010 @ 12:27 am

  4. I think it’s funny that (it looks like) they had to cut away some of the door trim to be able to use the froggy knob! He’s very cute though, so I can understand! LOL

    I’m very curious about the wider doors though…I’m sure there’s got to be a reason for it, I just don’t know what it could be!

    Comment by Carrie — January 28, 2010 @ 10:12 pm | Reply

    • Yes, But like you, I think it was a very worthwhile sacrifice that the doorway made to make room for a little Froggy knees… :)

      Comment by kiwidutch — January 29, 2010 @ 5:13 am | Reply


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