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Carriage & Gates

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The planks in this half round gate are mounted on hidden, internal rails within the thickness of the gate.

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This gate makes a lovely transition from the formal to the informal yard.

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For this motorcourt project, Historic Doors designed and fabricated seven overhead garage doors made to look like carriage doors.

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This half round gate features a herringbone pattern of planks. The hardware frames window openings arranged at both child and adult heights.

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This gate features a strong top rail supported by a brace to carry the remaining weight of the gate.

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Stile and rail mortise and tenon frame supporting pickets. The brace carries the cantilevered weight.

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These carriage doors were part of a firehouse restoration project for the Marion Hose Company in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. We built two sets of carriage doors and one man door.

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The cantilevered weight of this driveway gate is hung from a brace from the hinge stile post.

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While not a carriage or a gate, our capabilities with structural curved woodwork is exhibited in this bridge.

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Well proportioned and detailed this gate echos the design of the home.

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This graceful gate features a combination of open pickets above and solid planks below. It is designed to shed water.

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These monumental carriage doors were part of a firehouse restoration in Superior, Wisconsin. They feature tongue and groove planks in the panels within a style and rail framework.

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This graceful gate features a combination of open pickets above and solid planks below. It is designed to shed water.

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Simple geometry defines the structure of this garden gate.

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These Spanish Cedar overhead garage doors were built as replacements for an existing opening.

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This gate is constructed so well, in an unfortunate accident it stopped a runaway truck.

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This is a gem of a gate. The tapered bottom rail was designed and constructed to shed water.

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These oversized barn doors are made from Cyprus.

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One of a variety of designs for a driveway gate.

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These true carriage doors featuring diagonal plank panels and true divided light.

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Carriage & Gates

Historic Doors designs and constructs carriage doors for large-scale projects in addition to residential properties. We build authentic swinging carriage doors, as well as panels for overhead doors. We have supplied doors for firehouses, garages, and motor courts.

Historic Doors builds custom gates as well. We work closely with landscape professionals to bring our clients a gate that is an elegant solution to their privacy and security needs.

Historical Note

Carriage Doors were entry doors designed to provide for the clearance in height and width of horse-drawn carriages. These could range from the carriage houses and gates of private estates and homes to public buildings such as firehouses.

Following the same technological development as other doors, the construction of carriage doors also evolved from plank-style to frame-and-panel. More often tongue and groove boards were used as panels instead of solid wood raised panels.

Many of the gates pictured here were designed in collaboration with Hess Landscape Architects of Landsdale, PA.