The World's Most Famous Door
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Your doors are important to your homes. They prevent heat and air from escaping, improve your homes curb appeal and protect you from intruders.
However, some doors are important on a global scale. They
are symbols of faith, tell stories for generations and are cultural icons. Let
us start with the most significant door in the world…
Located in the City of Westminster at 10 Downing Street,
the Number 10, as we all know, is the entrance to the headquarters of the
executive branch of the British Government. It’s also where the Prime Minister
of England resides.
1732- The property was given to Sir Robert Walpole by King George II. He made it the official residency of the First Lord of the Treasury.
1735- Moving day
for Walpole, after 3 years of renovations! The tradition began, which has
lasted 284 years.
1766- The front
door is redesigned by architect Kenton Couse in a six-panelled Georgian style
and made from black oak
installed, featuring a center door knob, lion head door knocker and brass letter
plate which bore the inscription ‘First Lord of the Treasury’
Street is renumbered and the property is given the number ‘10’
Asquith becomes Prime Minister and paints the door dark green
1960- The doors
original colour is restored and new white numerals are put on the door.
However, the ‘0‘numeral is painted at a 37° degree angle sloping to the left.
Rumour has it, that it’s actually a capital ‘O’.
1991- We wave farewell to the black oak door as it gets replaced by a blast proof steel door following an IRA mortar attack on Downing Street.
But did you know
The door cannot be opened from the outside
The letter plate is purely decorative
A security guard is situated inside the door at
all times to view people approaching the door via a camera and grant access
The rarely seen inside of the door is white and
features a polished brass door handle on a backplate
You can see the previous door at the Churchill
Museum in London
There’s actually 2 doors which are alternated
approximately every 2 years to be repainted