How to identify a London Doorway

London Doorways can be identified by their triple-arch design:

  • Arched sidelights, which extend above the head of the door jamb
  • Rounded arch transom window
  • Set in a segmented arch opening

Many London Doorways retain their original door, however some have been replaced. All of the London Doorways identified to date are single leaf doorways.

More than half of the known London Doorways are on buff brick buildings, typically in residential buildings demonstrating influences of the Italianate architectural style. There are no confirmed London Doorways on purpose-built commercial buildings, although some residential properties featuring London Doorways have been adapted to commercial uses.

London Doorways can be found on almost any type of home – from the finest architect-designed heritage mansions to the most humble worker’s cottage.

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How many London Doorways are there?

Herb Craig originally identified forty-seven London Doorways, documenting these doorways with photographs and measured drawings. Unfortunately, seven of the 47 London Doorways identified by Herb Craig have been demolished or removed.

Previously unknown London Doorways can still be identified or recognized. Low porches often cover the triple-arch details of a London Doorway.

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Where have London Doorways been identified?

London Doorways are primarily located on heritage houses in London, Ontario, Canada that were built between 1868 and about 1890. London Doorways have been identified in Arva, Ilderton, Coldstream, Thamesford, Port Stanley, Strathroy, Ailsa Craig, Carlisle, near St. Thomas, and points in between.

Similar doorways, with slight variations, have been identified in Hamilton, Elora, Stratford, and St. Mary’s. See our list and maps here.

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