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"Why does my house have two front doors?"

By October 14, 2005

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A member of our Discussion Forum writes, "I live in Lexington, KY and my house and many in the area have two front doors. They are not the Shaker doors that you see in many houses in Kentucky, but two seperate doors that open to the front porch."
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May 8, 2010 at 4:51 pm
(1) steve scutt says:

Typically, older homes constructed in the mid-1800′s had two front doors for a very logical reason. First, the center corridor from a single, centered front door seemed like a luxury, or a waste of space. The dwellers also felt that guestsshould not be forced to enter through the door that the homeowners utilized daily, while performing their chores, etc. One door opened into a guest room, perhaps a “living room” which at times was a sleeping quarters for visiting guests, and the other door opened into the keeping room, or family room, with kitchen and firplace either in the same room or located in an adjacent area.

February 4, 2014 at 6:20 pm
(2) Lee says:

There was a time when funeral visiting was held in the parlor or livingroom in ones own home. The newly dead was laid out in a coffin and it was for the viewers to come in one door.. pass by the casket give their regards and leave thru the other door. I know, I am a genious Lol .

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