Mid-Century Suburbs Part 4: Storm door funk

I promise I’ll get off the MCM kick shortly. But for now…

Below is a sampling of the standard Chicago Mid-Century storm door. It’s got a solid bottom quarter panel, and a three-part upper section, with two sidelights flanking a clear central panel. The sidelights typically sport an applied geometric pattern, or a translucent, textured, colored plastic panel. The frame is built with stainless steel, polished to a mirror shine. Sometime the main panel is a series of movable slatted windows, allowing the storm door to double as a screen door.

Storm door

Storm door

Storm door

Storm door

Mid-Century storm door

Much like the colored glass blocks, they appear all over Chicago, as if one builder or manufacturer had a chokehold on the entire industry. They’re mostly on suburban-style ranch/bungalows, but I’ve even seen them on houses with medieval stylings, where they look strangely out of place.

Storm door

With the right elements, though, they’re a key part of the Chicago mid-century look.

Storm door, with railing and colored glass block

4 thoughts on “Mid-Century Suburbs Part 4: Storm door funk

  1. I wonder how many of these came from Carson’s (yes, as in Carson Pirie Scott). They used to have a home improvement department years ago.

  2. If only I could find a door like this now. Years of neglect have left the storm door on my 1955 ranch hanging on by a thread. I’d love to replace it with a brand new one like those pictured here, especially the one with the green side glass.Any ideas of where to find something like this?

  3. You should go to Chinatown and see the stainless steel creations they have there. I’ve never seen that style anywhere else. Not old, but very decorative and solid.

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