John F. Cole
“The Old House Whisperer”


Take a gallery tour of details inherent in John's rare collection of early doors.

Pen and ink drawings with watercolors by artist Greta Shepard.

Front Entrance Indian Door

ca. 1710

indian door

Heavy scored lines connecting rose-headed nails form a diamond pattern. These lines were originally incised, but come out in relief with centuries of weathering. 

William and Mary Period Door

ca. 1710

William and Mary Period Door

Wide, feather-edged panels indicate a date in the early 18th century. The framed molding is nailed to the frame and not an integral part of the door frame. Notice original butterfly hinges.

Bolection Molded Door

ca. 1740

bolection molded door

Perhaps unique. Heavy cyma-curved profile bolection molded detail is nailed directly to the door. Period “H-L” hinges remain.

Batten Door

ca. 1740

batten door

Horizontal battens retain heavy cyma-curved beading, which helps date it. Vertical boards are joined in feather-edged fashion.

Georgian Door

ca. 1760

georgian door

Likely early paint still remains. Marvelous, heavy “H-L” hinges. The match to this door still exists.

USS Constitution Door

ca. 1770

uss constitution door

Swinging cabin door. Raised panels both sides and vase-turned spindles. “H-L” hinges still remain.

Vernacular Federal Door

ca. 1800

vernacular federal door

Only two panels, which is unusual. Shallow panels indicate later period. Wash of greenish paint, perhaps original.

Heavy Later Batten Door

ca. 1820

heavy later batten door

Battens are plain, without decorative beading, which gives it a later date. Yet, it retains early form butterfly hinges, indicating these hinges were used into the 19th century. (Compare to William and Mary Door, above.)