Drunken Storybook #ThursdayDoors

Not really drunken. My husband was driving, and I was trying to take pictures out the window, with curves and speed-bumps and all.

Louisville, Kentucky, where these pictures were taken, are full of Storybook Style houses. Storybook Style happened after World War I, when guys came home with the vernacular (how ordinary people built their own houses) architecture of Europe in their memories.

True Storybook Style looks just like a castle or a Spanish villa or a French chateau or a cottage, but most of Louisville’s just have Storybook elements, some less, some more.

Variation of materials, around the door and window and the corners of the house.
Arched doorway with keystone, stone around the doorway, gabled entry.
Arched doorway, stone around doorway, tiny window next to door, gabled entrance, and my favorite: a cat-slide roof on the entry!

And the best:

Varied materials, chimney material slopping over around arched door frame, rounded steps, cat-slide roof, archway build into house.

So cute! Charlie stopped for me to get a picture of that one. #1 Daughter had a friend who lived there!

Thursday Doors is the brainchild of Norm Frampton, photographer extraordinaire. Visit his site, enjoy his photographs, follow his instructions, and enter a world of doors.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Have you ever taken a cock-eyed picture? Why?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Drunken Storybook #ThursdayDoors

  1. Ally Bean

    April 4, 2019 at 2:10pm

    I see those little houses around here, too. They are charming but so small. I cannot imagine living in one. Your photos are great and capture their charm.

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      Marian Allen

      April 5, 2019 at 9:47am

      I know what you mean about the size. I would have to build a storage shed three times as large as my house.

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  2. Pat R

    April 4, 2019 at 3:04pm

    I really like these, all have such character. Nice shots, even the crooked ones::))

    Pat R

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      Marian Allen

      April 5, 2019 at 9:49am

      Thanks, Pat R! I love those “vernacular” houses. I love my house, but all it says is, “Here is a big wooden box. I live in it.”

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  3. Norm 2.0

    April 4, 2019 at 8:15pm

    Great finds Marian. I grew up in a neighborhood with a lot of post-war brick homes similar to these, so the style brings back childhood memories for me. Drive-by doorscursioning is not easy, I applaud your valiant efforts ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      Marian Allen

      April 5, 2019 at 9:52am

      The neighborhoods around where I grew up had lots of brick Craftsman-style bungalows. Porches with brick or stone half-walls topped with cement what we called “coping” around them, and pillars that were fat at the bottom tapering to thinner at the top. Nice, but I like Storybook better.

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  4. joey

    April 5, 2019 at 10:30pm

    That you love Storybook houses is one of the first things I ever learned about you! I love them, too, but you love them more. They’re too wittle for me.

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  5. janet

    April 6, 2019 at 8:39pm

    I’ve seen lots of houses like these in various places in the US. I’m glad you mentioned that all but the last were taken while a passenger in a bumpy car. I thought you’d been indulging a bit too much. ๐Ÿ™‚ That last one, besides being nice and straight, is very attractive.


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      Marian Allen

      April 7, 2019 at 8:59am

      I don’t know if I’d rather live in a Storybook Style house or live across the street from one. Both would be best!

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