A handsome entryway

handsome door troy near washington parkToday's moment of architectural gawking: a row house door in downtown Troy.

We were walking along 2nd Street near Washington Park this past weekend, admiring all the little architectural details, when we noticed this door. It's quite handsome, even more so in person.

There's a large photo of it after the jump.

That neighborhood is great place for a stroll on a nice afternoon. It seems like the more you look at the buildings, the more great little details there are.

handsome door troy near washington park

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Fantastic Details!

The recent history of this particular building is worth noting - if you look closely at the picture you may notice that the top of the door is blackened somewhat - that is due to the fire that gutted the building in October of 2010.

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Fire-guts-couple-s-beautiful-home-723791.php
http://www.troyrecord.com/articles/2010/10/28/news/doc4cc90854d275f878603948.txt?viewmode=fullstory
http://www.troyrecord.com/articles/2010/10/27/news/doc4cc7bdd154422774096978.txt?viewmode=fullstory

The Chupkas devoted themselves to restoring the building, and moved back just a few months ago. It is a glorious building (I live just a few doors down and you can see the front of my house in the TU pictires) and we are glad that they are back.

There were feature articles about the restoration in two consecutive Times Union Sunday Real Estate sections back in January (22 and 29), as the work was completed [sorry no online links - you should subscribe the the amazing dead trees edition!]

Another article at the TU mentions some of the history of the building from before the Chupkas.

http://www.timesunion.com/default/article/Homes-part-of-the-family-too-804363.php

I Iove this door. The carving in the upper left hand corner looks like the creature from the black lagoon, doesn't it? This door is featured in a great book I just started reading: "Gritty Cities: A second look at Allentown, Bethlehem, Bridgeport, Hoboken, Lancaster, Norwich, Paterson, Reading, Trenton, Troy, Waterbury, Wilmington." The book was published in 1978 but at least the section on Troy reads as if it could have been written today. (Which may or may not be a good thing.)

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