Sunday, July 15, 2012

Buenos Aires knockers and doors

I'll get back to storytelling soon, really, but I have a few more posts of Buenos Aires to put up.

I don't know why I'm so fascinated with doors and door knockers. Is it being the granddaughter of an architect that focuses my attention on architectural details? Whatever it is, here are a few of the pictures I took of knockers and doors.

Noble beast, complete with scrollwork.

Somewhat more restrained.

This is the door knocker I bought at San Telmo market. I propped them on the chair in the apartment, just to take the picture. I'd drooled over one of these in Lima, but didn't buy one until Buenos Aires. Soon I'll have it put on my front door in Kansas City.

A modern door, still with that European look.

Side by side in San Telmo.

They may be old, but they're sturdy.

The grafitti doesn't touch the doors.

I love the letter flaps in these doors.

Nice and neat, across the street from my modern apartment building.


Carolyn Stearns said...

very disitinctive doors! Now yours will be the most distinctive in Kansas City

Carla said...

I hadn´t stopped to think about knockers in Argentina, but now that I do, I find them very peculiar. There are two types: the European ones, as you showed, and the colonial ones. The curious thing is that what people call European in Argentina, is French, English and German. When they refer to colonial, they are still talking about countries in Europe, but they refer to Spain, Italy and Portugal. The buenos aires apartments I stayed in had colonial knockers and doors. It may be interesting to find out more about this disctinction they make!

Priscilla Howe said...

I didn't know about that distinction. Interesting!

The blog has now moved to my real website,

You'll find a few more posts about Buenos Aires there.