In Toronto, I can't help but wonder what's behind closed doors—after all, the Covet Garden credo is all about giving our readers a behind-the-scenes look at creative spaces. But on my recent weekend visit to Philadelphia, I couldn't stop staring at the doors themselves. The two cities have many similarities: a lively inner city, neat little sidestreets, a densely packed rowhouses, for example. But the Philadelphians certainly bring a little extra oomph to their exteriors.
[photos: Rhonda Riche]
Another thing I loved about Philly is that it is an al fresco culture. Whether it's sitting on a stoop, or sitting in a sidewalk café, Philadelphians spend a lot of time in the great outdoors. So appearances matter. And while the 215 is older and more established than the 416, they manage to make it look fresh by marrying newer elements such as modernist house numbers with classic, Federal style details like wrought iron grills, marble steps and elegant statuary. And colourful front doors! I'm a sap for a brightly painted door.