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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Doors & Windows (2): Kilkenny, Ireland

Photo: Patrick Comerford
This pair of beautiful Georgian doors is at 42 and 43 Parliament Street in Kilkenny, Ireland. They have individual rather than shared door casements but they do share three steps leading up to them. The Gibbsian (after James Gibbs, a Scottish architect largely responsible for the 'look' of Georgian architecture) surrounds are characteristic and the fanlights above the doors are original. However, the brightly painted doors are typical in Ireland but would be unusual in England where they are more likely to be the original black or white.
I have featured them purely for their classic splendour and I love their looks!

18 comments:

Austan said...

I love the bits of beauty you post.

David said...

Dear bazza,
My, what a wonderful pair of doors and windows.
Unfortunately, we don't get to see many like this in my own locale of Stoke, where thay are usually boarded up with the windows broken.
Ah, such is life, eh bazza.
Very Best Wishes,
David

bazza said...

Austan: Now I'm blushing (but very pleased!)

bazza said...

David: I love the way that your comments are like little letters; so polite and kind!
No, we don't have too much of that kind of thing in Ilford either! (I am referring to Georgian Doors, not politeness)
Yours sincerely, Bazza.

Anonymous said...

The rather fabulous Sir Tom Eagerly says:
I say Bazza old boy, they're just doors. Get over yourself! Have a drink. Lie down in a darkened room. Have another drink.
Toodle pip!

Philip Wilkinson said...

Excellent! And slightly eccentric, in that you'd normally expect to see more blocks on the uprights - but I like eccentricity.

THE SNEE said...

When I get bored with the color of my house, I often contemplate repaintingthe door. The question is always...blend or make a statement. Since I'm surrounded by the sepia tones of March, those two doors are urging me to go bold! The doors are enchanting , Bazza.

bazza said...

Sir Tom: You are a Philistine my good man! But I like you.

bazza said...

Philip. Glad you approve Philip. For those who have not yet discovered it Philip's blog “English Buildings” is superb!

bazza said...

Snee: Your approval is gratifying. Splash out for spring my dear!

John said...

Hi bazza,
Lovely doors and architecture! Maybe I am just too boring and English, but I quite like the classic black door, what does that say about me!?
J
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bazza said...

Hey John, there's nothing boring about being English and Classic! It says very nice things about you.

klahanie said...

Hey bazza,
Most impressive, indeed, a fine pair of knockers....

Botanist said...

I've been to Kilkenny, but can't remember much about it except the beer. I do remember the Irish going in for bright colours, and not just the doors. I remember passing through a village where the houses were all colours of the rainbow.

bazza said...

Gary: Mmmm...Three Steps to Heaven!

bazza said...

Botanist: I was there once sipping Guinness in a pub that was owned by an eccentric millionaire. He had bought an old church in Wales and rebuilt it inside the pub. We were sitting in an alcove on a mezzanine floor looking at the top of the steeple!
It's a lovely town.

Kelly said...

Those are stark, colorful doors. What mystical worlds will they lead to, today? They remind me of "Alice in Wonderland" type doors. If you get my meaning. I would like windows like that, too. Perhaps someone will be good enough to buy them for me for Christmas this year. Hint. Hint. No pressure. :)

bazza said...

Kezza: There's something subconsciously intriguing about closed doors. What lies behind them?
Who lives there? Alice in Wonderland?
You'll have to wait to see what Santa brings you.