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Wharton, Edith (1862-1937); Codman Jr., Ogden (1863-1951) / The decoration of houses

VIII: entrance and vestibule,   pp. 103-105

Page 103

THE decoration of the entrance necessarily depends on the
    nature of the house and its situation.     A country house,
where visitors are few and life is simple, demands a less formal
treatment than a house in a city or town; while a villa in a water-
ing-place where there is much in common with town life has
necessarily many points of resemblance to a town house.
  It should be borne in mind of entrances in general that, while
the main purpose of a door is to admit, its secondary purpose is
to exclude.   The outer door, which separates the hall or vestibule
from the street, should clearly proclaim itself an effectual barrier.
It should look strong enough to give a sense of security, and be
so plain in design as to offer no chance of injury by weather and
give no suggestion of interior decoration.
  The best ornamentation for an entrance-door is simple panel-
ling, with bold architectural mouldings and as little decorative
detail as possible. The necessary ornament should be contributed
by the design of locks, hinges and handles.  These, like the door
itself, should be strong and serviceable, with nothing finikin in
their treatment, and made of a substance which does not require
cleaning.   For the latter reason, bronze and iron are more fitting
than brass or steel.

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