Port Townsend sits at the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula. Because of its prime location near the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the site of a safe harbor, it became an important shipping port in the late 1800s. The town grew rapidly on speculation as investors banked on Port Townsend becoming the largest port north of San Francisco. Although that dream never came to fruition, many beautiful Victorian homes and historical buildings still stand as a reminder of its heyday.
Boating and maritime life are still central elements, but now Port Townsend is also well-known as an artists’ community. The tree-lined streets of the waterfront downtown area features multiple galleries, artists’ collectives, unique shops, and tempting restaurants.
And doors. Port Townsend has so many beautiful doors, it was hard to capture them all… which I didn’t… which is why I’m sure that I will return.
Thursday Doors is usually run by Norm 2.0, but is guest-hosted by Joey this week. Please visit her blog to find links to more doors.
36 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – Port Townsend, Washington”
Those are a really nice collection. I particularly like image # 3141 with the red brick and dark door. Very elegant. – Marty
Several of them, including this one, were doors to the homes of artists. I really wish I could have had a tour inside.
Really lovely, battered, rustic looks in this collection. That jewel of a door (as you say) is a real winner in subdued color. Nice.
Battered, rustic is usually so much more interesting than sleek and shiny, right?
Absolutely. In my book, anyway 🙂
Great collection of doors. I LOVE the second one – looked like up classed barn doors. Wonderful. 🙂
Aren’t those rolling doors great? What’s behind them, I wonder.
This would be a great place for a house tour!
Oh, I wonder if they have one? I know they have a monthly art walk… maybe it includes some of the artists’ homes/studios.
Beautiful set of doors there, Janis!
Thank you, Terri! These old doors are so much more interesting than the metal and glass ones on most modern buildings.
Beautiful doors and making me just a little nostalgic. I visited the peninsula several times and drove through the town and arrived there by ferry. I really like the arched barn door – that’s unique.
I like how they added the braces at the top of that door so it could slide on the rollers. Very clever.
What a charming place! Added to the list of Must Visit places. Perhaps after we sail to Alaska
I think the Olympic Peninsula would be the perfect place to visit before or after you visit Alaska! Just make sure you go when the weather is good. Also, I’m sure I don’t need to remind you to let me know when you get close to our coastline 😀.
You can count on it!
Great doors, Janis. My favourite is the teal coloured surround on the first one. You shot another door with a teal patina recently. We clearly share a love for that particular hue.
I love those teal doors! Both were in Washington, but at opposite ends of the state.
I especially like the one on the top left, but enjoyed them all.
That’s my favorite one too. I wanted to knock just to see who lives behind such a beautiful door.
What a wonderful door collection. Port Townsend looks and sounds like the perfect place for a summer house sit! 🙂
If you get a sit there I might book a flight to come see you. There are a few lovely towns in that general area that would be great to spend some extra time exploring.
Such interesting doors, Janis. Nice photography too. I definitely would have liked to peek inside as well!!
I like to imagine that the insides are just as interesting and beautiful as the outsides… I guess I’ll never know for sure.
Those are some interesting doors – nice find!
There were lovely doors everywhere… almost as if they knew that some of us love to take pictures of them.
I suppose you know you’re really hooked on Thursday Doors when your main motivation to revisit a place is to take photos of more doors! I get that way about some places too. All the doors in your post are intriguing in their own way. I like them all 🙂
Ha! I never thought of it that way, but you are absolutely right. I’ve even managed to get my husband hooked… he is great about pointing out interesting doors when we are out and about.
Nice collection! So much pleasingly weather beaten or distressed looking. You’re right above when you see any they are so much nicer than modern glass and metal.
I’m pretty sure the door owners love their doors as much as I did. It was nice to see so many different ones.
You found some wonderful doors to photograph!
They were everywhere. It was delightful to find so many in a relatively small town.
If the doors are so inviting, imagine what lies beyond, inside!
I find the ‘door’ on the water (first image) quite fascinating.
I really wish I could have ventured inside… if just for a short visit. I’m glad you liked that first one – I liked how everything lined up.
Oh my, Janis. I wouldn’t know where to start to selecting a favourite! Both 3155 and 3141 are captivating to me … but then the Clam Cannery calls too. What an interesting place to visit!
The town had lots of points of interest to fill our day, but the doors kept calling to me.
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