The Doctors House

While the first two examples of double doors are driven by religious and cultural beliefs, a third case is more the result of private invention. Built in the 1800s by a doctor in Jefferson, Ohio, this house breaks the rules of classical design. Where the Greeks and all derivative designs have used an even number of columns separated by an odd number of spaces, the doctor used three columns and two spaces. While appearing strange to the architectural eye, it is said locally that the doctor had his reasons. He was interested

Shaker Houses at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky: (Left) East Family House (from Old Shakertown and the Shakers by J. B.Hutton 1987,74); (Right) Interior of Center Family Dwelling.

The Two-Door Sudanese Houses.

The Two-Door Sudanese Houses.

Doctor's House, Jefferson, Ohio.

Doctor's House, Jefferson, Ohio.

in directing two opposing and separate lanes of traffic: sick patients entering on the right into the waiting room, treated ones exiting on the left directly from his office. Of course, while the device is distinctive, it can count on the common practice in America of passing on the right.

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