At one time in my neighborhood in Chicago most blocks had at least one storefront building, in some cases it was a corner building to catch the travel from 2 directions but sometimes it was in the middle of a block and today they are mostly gone. My block had 4, on the left side as I looked out across the street was a small grocery store and the family lived on the second floor. Across the street almost directly in front of us was a neighborhood tavern with a pool room attached. Then on the right side corner across the street was another neighborhood tavern with 2 flats above it and one was occupied by the owner of the building.
On my side of the street on the right side was my favorite store, a small candy store and the owner lived in a small apartment in back of the store with her daughter and son-in-law living in a 2nd floor apartment. Here is where I spent my $.75 I earned by helping a neighbor keep an eye on her children while she was writing a book. Almost all of it was penny candy. WOW.
Today that is valuable real estate and the small stores did not survive. Here are a few examples of how the stores have been disguised to create another apartment in the buildings that survived the wrecking ball.
We visited Krakow Poland in 2019 and managed to capture a few doors in our wandering around the city. These are wood and at least 10 feet tall. Most of the buildings they are on were a couple hundred years old.
Many of the doors have graffiti on them but for my first grouping I chose these beauties. They are even more impressive in person.
Today I was wandering out in the suburbs in an area of nice but very repetitive doors, nothing to make one sit up and take notice. So my choice were a couple of doors that made me feel it was spring. We had some very cool days but a lot of sunshine.
The sunshine really felt wonderful today and made the cool weather not as cold. Lots of spring flowers bursting into bloom really helps. Hope you have a sunny day.
This charming door is on a house nearby that I often walk past. In the middle of large lake front homes is a charming smallish home. Possibly a 3 or 4 bedroom home that is about 80 years old ( most in the area are 130 to 150 yo).
We love the door that sets it apart from all the others. Looks like they found it in a mideavil castle. We refer to it as the witches door with fond feelings because of the half-moon.