Friday, August 29, 2008

Ornate Entry


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Countless students, faculty and staff have entered these doors (full view here) of the former Education Hall, now named Miller Hall on the University of Washington campus. This was the entrance to UW's former Administration Building when it was built in 1922, and still houses space for the Educational Psychology and Curriculum & Instruction divisions. I love the beautiful patina of the quarter sawn oak of the doors, the elaborate Gothic Revival style mill work, and the real leaded glass transom. Autumn is just around the corner. You can feel the change in the air here. So many people will be going back to school soon. I wonder if they will be so caught up in their studies that they won't notice the lovely details as they pass through these doors.

14 comments:

Laurie said...

Those are some doors! What a great detail shot. I love this time of year.

Hilda said...

Beautiful!

And knowing students and faculty, yes, most of them won't notice those wonderful details.

Virginia said...

Since I taught 3rd grade for 100 years, I know a smidge about the Native American tribes in the NW. Do you all have a lot of carved wood detailing such as your lovely doorway around your city as well?

Kate said...

The carving is outstanding; such talent! I tried the link you provided but Flickr would not allow me to enter. Says I'm "not allowed"--too bad; I wanted to see it!

Small City Scenes said...

So ornate---Such craftmanship in the 'olden days'. It seems everything is planned to last only so long these days so that sometimes the beauty is gone. MB

USelaine said...

I especially like to see such embellishment on public buildings. It seems to say something about the worthiness of seeking knowledge, or administering the people's work, and in all ways to enrich our interior lives with creativity and beauty. Is that asking too much?

Knoxville Girl said...

UW has such a beautiful campus. I think it's details like this that make it so unique. Whoever takes care of this wood is doing a great job.

angela said...

Somehow I associate carved wood like this either with the Church or academia...are there craftsmen out there who still do this kind of work?
Thanks for the visit to Valbonne

Gwyn said...

These doors are amazing. Can you imagine how long they took to carve? Thanks for appreciating the details.:)

Katie said...

Gorgeous door detailing! And I really love the rich color of the wood. I even see more detailing inside on the walls!

Kim said...

Thank you to each of you for stopping in to comment today! And Kate, many thanks for alerting me to the link problem. I've fixed it.
-Kim

Rambling Round said...

Such fine woodwork! It should inspire the students to do their best.

Louis la Vache said...

We've lost the grace and elegance of the era when these beautiful doors were built. "Louis" says, 'Thank you for sharing this.'

Strangetastes said...

Looks like they borrowed the design from Oxford or Cambridge to add a little extra dignity.

Sorry I haven't gotten back to you about this sooner but my wife and I are in Quinault right now and will get in to Seattle Saturday afternoon. We'd still like to meet you for coffee or whatever if you have some time Sunday or Monday. Had a really nice time yesterday with Corinne from Forks and her husband. Click my profile on my blog and click the email link.

Bob