Mid-Century Suburbs, Part 2 – Oh, those fantastic doors!

I’ve been temporary debilitated by an eye problem; while I’m recovering, let me dig into the archives for some material I never got around to posting. First up: the long-ago threatened promised follow-up to my first post on Chicago’s inner-ring, Mid-Century Modern suburban buildings.

Mid-Century door

The 1950s and 1960s loved their geometry. Even the most ardent Mid-Century Mod hater must surely concede the awesomeness of the fantastic designs built into the doors of these otherwise common inner-suburban Chicago apartment buildings.

Mid-Century door

Mid-Century door

Mid-Century door

Mid-Century door

Mid-Century door

The builder vernacular in Chicago even had its own custom storm door style, shown here in shiny mirror-polished stainless steel, with two narrow side panels and a large central panel.

Mid-Century door

Variations would typically include geometric patterns on the narrow panels, or different shades of colored, textured plastic.

South suburb screen door

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6 thoughts on “Mid-Century Suburbs, Part 2 – Oh, those fantastic doors!

  1. Those are great. I gotta go photograph some awesome MCM doors I recently noticed down in Evergreen Park. They’re unabashedly googie.

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  3. I doo not evewn know thhe waay I finished uup righgt here, but I
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  5. Wow! I’ve been observing this style for over 30 years and youv’e shown three examples I’ve never seen before! Perhaps they were localy produced.

  6. MY PARENTS HAD A HOME IN A CHICAGO SUBURB. THEY HAD STAINLESS STEEL STORM DOORS ON THE FRONT AND BACK DOOR. I LIVE IN TEXAS ALL I CAN FIND IS ALUMINUM AND THEY DO NOT LAST. DOYOU HAVE ANYONE IN THE DALLAS FORT WORTH AREA THAT SELLS YOUR DOORS. I LIVE OUTSIDE OF FORT WORTH

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