Many modern homes that had
garages were originally equipped with garage doors made of one large panel
that tilted up, rather than a number of hinged segments like most garage
doors of today. To relieve the plainness of the large featureless door,
basic geometric designs were often added using simple moldings and raised
panels tacked to the door surface. Usually these features were painted
contrasting colors to emphasize the design.
There is something about the
look of these doors that is light hearted if not absolutely humorous given
the perspective of time. They are nothing like the serious, frequently
pretentious look of the faux neo-whatever- revival motifs that have adorned
homes since the contemporary style fell from grace. For us, the graphics on
these doors are emblematic of the totality of newness that the modern style
embraced. They owe nothing to any historical style that went before.
These doors are getting
tough to spot around here, given the number of garages that have been
converted to living space and the number of remaining garages that have
A Josef Albers, we found your
garage door. It's in Eureka and it's been painted blue and white.
Do you have a home with a
flat-panel garage door with vintage decoration? Contact me. Iíll
take a photo and include it on this page.