Why Were Some Of Those Old Country Homes Built With Two Front Doors?

Serious question this time! I have seen these simple wood-siding single-story farm homes out in the county, never really near other houses at all, but you walk up to the front porch, and there’s two identically-sized front doors, mere feet apart. What was the reasoning behind these houses being built this way, way back in the 30’s / 40’s / 50’s?

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19 Responses to “ Why Were Some Of Those Old Country Homes Built With Two Front Doors? ”

  1. i googled it to confirm my suspicions… “there’s a very logical reason for this. one door leads into the “keeping room”, where the family keeps house. The keeping room contains the large fireplace for cooking, and of course a table and chairs for the family to relax. This is not the room you want to introduce your guests into! so a second door would lead into the living room, which was probably only used for special occasions.”

  2. Because people were too fat to get through one door.

  3. probably so that the houses would look good
    if ther r other reasons
    i dont know what thy r
    write 2 my e-mail
    thanx lol

  4. I lived in the country growing up and across the road was a house like you described. I never could figure it out either.

  5. One for entering when dirty, the other for entering or exiting when clean.
    One for in, one for out
    They just liked doors better than windows
    An extra way to get out in case of fire

  6. The identical door would lead to a staircase to provide access directly if guests or families were staying upstairs independently. it could also be for a home office with a seperate access, so that it does not disturb the family when a business visitor arrives.

  7. I was thinking one was a door for every day entering and then the other was for guests and would enter into the most formal room which was kept clean and unused. I found an article about some ideas:http://architecture.about.com/library/uc…
    Great question!!!

  8. It sometimes led to a public bathroom or outhouse

  9. That is something I have never seen over here.
    The front door was for guests, and they would be led into the lounge, a room usually used by the parents in the evenings. Kids forbidden.
    Our access was to walk around to the back of the house and enter there, into the kitchen.
    As a rule the front door only could be opened with a key from the outside, and a turn button on the inside, so it was always locked.
    The back door was always unlocked and as far as I can recall, not even locked overnight.
    The origins behind the turn 21 and get the key of the door is vague, but the context was that once you turned 21 you received the key to the front door, and could come and go as you pleased, a sign of adulthood.
    That was the concept I lived with in the numerous houses I lived in as I grew up.

  10. hmm they lead to the same room maybe it was the style back then

  11. I’m guessing one led to the formal living room and really not to be used except for “special guests” and the other for all us regular folks.

  12. they were churches

  13. It was the style back than, and I will tell you somin, if you have a country home that has a door to a beautiful backyard with white chairs, a cute little table, a nice grass for children to run on, a nice little swing for the family to have fun on, a nice little garden area, and that door in this style, that house will sell as fast as you can say adorable! My grandmother… Well I kinda grew up in one of those houses, my grandmother’s house was, is like that, my grandma passed away, but I remember my sister would be in the kitchen and I would be in the backyard doing the laundry and sometimes I would lean over the door cose we could close the bottom part and leave the upper part open, so I would lean over and we would talk or laugh like two idiots over nothing, except that our house was NOT nearly as nice as the one I just described. Anyways, I think some people did it for ventilation and as a lighting system though cose while the upper part is opened there is light and air flowing in. My grandma had it in her house, well the house is still there, my grandma is not ;( but anywhos, I think in some towns it was like ventilation, like in my town it was realy hot, so it was like a ventilation system and light system. That is the only thing I can think of cose like when it leads to a backyard some people in farms raised chickens in their backyard, so they would close the lower part so the chicken would not come in the house or the dogs whatever and the upper part would stay open for light and ventilation, like on the movie Cinderella, watch it, (the cartoon one) and you will see, my grandmothers door was like that, again NOT THE HOUSE lol, just the backyard except that our backyard was much, much smaller and at one point we even raised our own hens cose food was expensive, we were poor. Our house was run down, with holes on the ceiling, lol I remember some nights when it rained, my bed was right under one of those holes on the ceiling and I would just move an inch to the right, or an inch to the left so it wouldn’t drip on my face! Dude, we were so poor, times were tough but I will tell you, some of my sweetest memories are in that run down oll house! Sweet memories I will tell you, sweet memories!

  14. though not in the country, my grandma’s house was similar….front door to the sitting room, or entry room and a second straight into the dining room, which was not used…..the porch swing was right there and if we had the swing a-goin too high, wham right against the dining room door and we’d get some angry eyes lookin out at us very quickly….be drinkin Orange Crush and eatin wafer bars….

  15. Sounds like a “Craftsman Bungalow”. From the front porch, one door went to the front bedroom and the other door to the living room. There were also two doors on the back porch, one going to the back bedroom and the other to the kitchen. One side of the house had from front to rear; a porch, living, dining, kitchen, and porch. The other side had two or three bedrooms and a bath with a short hall from the living connecting the bedrooms and bath. Typical 20’s and 30’s type of house. Usually long ways on a narrow lot.
    Don’t know the reason why. The fact that so many of these houses are still around and are so highly desirable says something. Gustav Stickley wrote some books on the style, if you want to research them.

  16. i live in one of those old houses. its like a decade old. Mine has four doors going into the house and reason for that is because they did not have the money to build the full house so they built it piece by piece adding a front door each time. The is just my case though others might have a different reason.

  17. Hmm I’ve never seen this, I’ll have to check it out.

  18. i guess,it was to accommodate fat country people.ha!ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. one is for the usual going in n out pathway..the other door is for emergency use (emergency exit) in case 1 door is blocked by fire, they can use other door to get out…

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