We kept all of the original doors and original locks, when possible, and reused them throughout the home. This door between the kitchen and dining room has its' original mortise lock that has rusted over time but with the help of an old school crystal knob still works perfectly!
The original front door, knob and all the original wavy glass, also known as crown glass, still welcomes guests as it did over 100 years ago...
When I made the decision to refurbish the original crank doorbell, I had no idea this would vastly become one of the most popular items of the renovation. Not only is it indicative of that time period, serves as a great conversational piece, but it is also functional. It can be heard all the way in the back of the house.
My daughter is one of those that is in awe of this simple, timeless device and to my dismay it is her FAVORITE part of this renovation. Forget the original 1st and 2nd generation heart pine floors, original hardware and the fact that the middle of this house is home to not 1 but 2 grand foyers covering over 35 linear feet between them!