Look!: Mysterious Portals In Old Town

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We walked by these the week we moved to Chicago and have wondered about them for years. These doors are the entry ways through an outside garden wall that runs in front of two side by side buildings in Old Town. They are incredibly heavy-looking, like doors in the Great Wall, with crazy carvings and glossy paint and varnish to catch your eye. Does anyone know their history? Close-ups below the jump…

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The walls themselves are interesting too, they have tile pieces set among the bricks in patterns, and the house numbers are done in mosaic.

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So intriguing! If you know of a cool architectural detail that you pass by, take a picture and send it in, we love to highlight the details of Chicago.

(Re-edited from a post originally published 04.25.06)

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