8 Fun Facts About Doors

8 Fun Facts About Doors

August 12, 2014
Martin Whitmore, President of US Window & Door

Doors are all around us, yet many people don’t realize that some are more than just slabs of wood on a hinge. Believe it or not, there are many record-breaking and fascinating doors with amazing stories behind them. The next time you reach for the knob, consider the following fun facts about one of your San Diego home’s most important features – doors!

1.  The World’s Largest Building Needs a Pretty Big Door

A Reading Eagle article published on December 14th, 1965 was accompanied by an image of an enormous door that was installed on the world’s largest building. This particular door is part of the Vehicle Assembly Building located at Cape Kennedy. It was required to be big enough to accommodate the 38 story high rockets that had to be moved in an upright position. Each door stands 456 feet tall and takes a full 45 minutes to open or close.

Vehicle Assembly Building at Cape Kennedy

Vehicle Assembly Building at Cape Kennedy (science.ksc.nasa.gov)

2.  Automatic Garage Doors Aren’t a Modern Marvel

Did you know that C.G. Johnson invented the automatic garage door in 1926? His now-popular creation was born just five years after he invented the overhead door. Johnson’s model used electricity, much like ours do today. Despite the fact that automatic doors are very convenient, the concept didn’t become widespread until they were produced by the Era Meter Company of Chicago after World War II.

CG Johnson Overhead Door Truck

CG Johnson, Overhead Door Inventor

3.  Who Knew a Colorful Door Could be Rebellious?

Colorful doors weren’t just a fad in Ireland, some believe they were a statement of rebellion! When Queen Victoria died, the Irish were ordered to paint all doors black as a symbol of mourning. In true Irish style, residents instead chose to paint their doors in a variety of vibrant colors as a way of rebelling against the British. There’s an alternative explanation for the colorful doors that claims they were painted different colors so drunk husbands could find their way back to the correct house after a night at the pub.

Doors of Ireland

Doors of Ireland (spiritofirelandseawardworkshopjourney.blogspot.com/)

4.  Doors Influence Energy in Feng Shui

If you’re a follower of Feng Shui, then you probably have a very clean and clear entryway. That’s because Feng Shui teaches that you must have an open pathway to your door in order to permit energy to flow freely and harmoniously within the home. The direction the door faces also determines its ideal color based on different types of energy. For example, a door that faces east is associated with wood elements and should be painted brown or green.

Feng Shui Entry Way Door

Feng Shui Entry Way (http://space.sojencellars.com/)

5.  Romans Were Very Open About their Door Décor

The ancient Romans often placed the image of a phallus over their font doors because it was considered a symbol of fertility, wealth and wellbeing. Of course things have changed a lot and your neighbors probably wouldn’t appreciate the same type of door décor. You could try to explain the historic reasons behind it, but it will still probably be considered a major neighborhood faux pas.

6.  Janus was the God of Doors

The ancient Romans were pretty big on doors. In fact there was even a god associated with them. Janus was considered the god of beginnings and transitions as well as gates, doors, passages and doorways. He is usually depicted with two back-to-back faces which allow him to see into the past and the future. His temple doors would be open during times of war and closed during times of peace.

Janus God of Doors

Janus, God of Doors (wikipedia.org)

7.  Dreaming About Doors Can Have Meaning

Dreams that include doors are not uncommon. Many believe doors in dreams are a symbol of something in your waking life. To dream that a door is locked could indicate a missed opportunity. Dreaming of a door that’s unlocked or open could hint at a new opportunity. If you come across a back door in your dreams, then your subconscious may be trying to tell you that you need to search deeper to find answers to a problem.

8.  Many Church Doors are Red in Philadelphia

If you visit Philadelphia, you may notice that many of the church doors are painted red. There is a reason for the color choice. Red is intended to represent Passover as a sign of safety and sanctuary. Red church doors may be found in other cities, but they are particularly prominent in Philadelphia.

Red Church Door

Red church door in Philadelphia (ameganfindsartinphilly.wordpress.com)