Over the years that we’ve been lucky enough to live in the Southwest and admire the architecture, we’ve encountered beautiful entryways and doors. They are bright, vibrant colors and some are also rustic and worn down. They enclose gardens behind adobe walls and sometimes beckon entry to churches from Santa Fe to Tucson, Taos to the Grand Canyon.
The wooden doors you find all across the southwest can evoke such a nostalgic feeling. When you place your hand on the wood, it’s almost like you can feel the history behind these places. Sometimes, the original hardware still holds them up, and what a distinctive sound to hear those hinges creak as you swing them open.
Below, we’ve collected a few of our favorites that have a-door-ned entries throughout our travels. (S0, soooooo sorry … couldn’t resist!)
If you’re in love with any of these doors, there is a fantastic shop in Santa Fe called La Puerta Originals. Cleverly, the name means “The Door” in Spanish and they try to be as environmentally sound as possible – often creating pieces of art out of salvaged wood doors. If you have any other suggestions for other wooden door makers or craftsmen, please leave us a comment below.
Amy & Mr.D