Vintage Doorknob Styles of Historic Homes

Vintage Glass Door knobOne of the most important, but overlooked, design features of a home is its doorknobs and hardware. As a whole, house hardware becomes the jewelry of a house, and, while functional in purpose, it can also serve to beautify the property and impress visitors. Older, historic homes in Kansas City have some gorgeous vintage doorknobs.
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Doorknobs come in many shapes and sizes, and I created a Pinterest board with some of my favorite styles to share with you. What is your favorite doorknob style? I like the smooth, rounded clear glass knobs and also the black porcelain knobs. The wood Bennington knobs are very cool, but not a good fit for my Cape Cod home; they would look great in an old Craftsman home.

Vintage Doorknob Shapes:

  • Oval
  • Round
  • Hexagonal

Vintage Doorknob Materials:

  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Brass
  • Porcelain
  • Wood
  • Milk Glass

Follow s a r a h Pretty Doorknobs on Pinterest

Unfortunately, not everyone appreciates doorknobs like I do. According to this NPR news story about doorknobs, it seems that the city of Vancouver, Canada, has banned the doorknob in favor of levers. Levers have a more universal design which improves accessibility, making it easier for people of all ages and ability levels to use them. I personally find levers to be institutional in appearance, and lacking in beauty and ornamentation. This new lever rule in the Vancouver building code applies to all types of buildings – residential, commercial, public, and private. Perhaps the Canadians are fine with this rule, but if a similar rule passed around here, I would be outraged if it applied to more than public government buildings. City governments should not have the authority to dictate what door hardware is purchased and installed in a privately owned residence, just as it should not be able to tell me what color of couch to buy. I hope that this doorknob ban does not become a trend.

About the Author

Sarah Snodgrass is a residential real estate agent specializing in Kansas City's historic neighborhoods and enclaves.

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