Thursday Doors:  Lost and Found

I am collecting photos of doors.  Sometimes my eyes and camera are subject to amnesia and repeat earlier photos, as if I had lost the map to my previous tours of the neighborhood.

Sometimes I can’t locate the photo of a door I remember—is it missing?  or am I evading the fact that occasionally I can’t distinguish what I’ve seen from what I’ve imagined?

No matter.  Like the fool I will keep stepping over the cliff, the one that falls into more photos of more doors.

lost and then
found again—the door
between time

The Schinasi Mansion is located on Riverside Drive at 107th Street in Manhattan. I lived nearby for many years, and the rumor was that it was owned by a Columbia University professor, although it always looked as if no one lived there. When the house was listed for sale in 2011, I viewed the listing with its floor plan and interior photos with interest.

The doors are imposing, but not exciting. But the mansion has an interesting history and its own Wikipedia page. After being a private residence for the Schinasi family, it has been a finishing school, a daycare center, and a coed residential center for Columbia/Barnard students. Hans Smit, a Columbia professor, bought the mansion from the university in 1979. He restored the house and used it for hosting events, and sold it to Mark Schwartz, a vice chairman at Goldman Sachs in 2013.

The architect was William Tuthill, who also designed Carnegie Hall.

My haibun is a loose intepretation and response to Maxine Chernoff’s “Lost and Found” for Laura at dVerse. I used it to accompany this week’s Thursday Doors because these are doors I’ve photographed multiple times without exactly remembering it. I did not do the mansion itself, however, until a few weeks ago when it was quiet and I could stand in the street without fear of being run down to get the entire house in my lens.

And it’s true that sometimes I can’t remember the source of an image or experience I have in my mind–did it happen? did I read about it somewhere? did someone tell me about it? or did it happen in a dream? I wonder if it would be possible to photograph a dream door…

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42 responses to “Thursday Doors:  Lost and Found”

  1. Dan Antion says :

    Beautiful photos and an interesting history. It’s a lovely house, but it does seem to fit a place for hosting events rather than raising a family. Thanks for sharing it with us, and if you shared it before, that’s fine. It’s fine if you share it again. I know if I walked past it, I’d share it with Thursday Doors. I do wish we could carry a camera into our dreams. In fact, in a story I’m working on, that’s possible.

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  2. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    You are right, though imposing these are not your most exciting doors, but I enjoyed the history, backstory and the poetry for the d’Verse prompt. Brilliant.

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  3. merrildsmith says :

    Doors between time and within dreams. Dream doors would be interesting to photograph. Have you ever painted one you dreamt of?

    This house is beautiful inside, but the professional photographs do make it seem sort of cold–more museum than home.

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    • memadtwo says :

      I’ve never tried to paint one, but some of my collages have doors that approach the feeling of them.

      I agree about the house–I can’t think of any practical use for it. But it’s beautiful.

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  4. merrildsmith says :

    I just read the Wikipedia page–fascinating history!

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  5. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Interesting history of this magnificent building, Marta and nice doors too.

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  6. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) says :

    These are doors that truly match the mansion I think

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  7. Ken / rivrvlogr says :

    For me, that’s a revolving door.

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  8. Manja Maksimovič says :

    Ahh, the dream door. I’ll be on the lookout. It is allowed to take as many door photos as necessary.

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  9. davisbrotherlylove says :

    Thanks for the stories and the doors! I had a thought: Most people think of doors as entry ways; what about photography of exit doors?

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    • memadtwo says :

      I’ve thought about doing service doors. I don’t think you could get to the exit doors to photograph them in most places around here. At least not based on the buildings I’ve lived in. But back doors of houses would be interesting, especially when contrasted with the front.

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  10. sustainabilitea says :

    I like that gate. 🙂


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  11. robertawrites235681907 says :

    I think all creative people have these odd experiences of having visited somewhere before and not being sure if it was in our minds or a real event. I think these pictures are lovely, Kerfe. You have some great buildings and doors in your neck of the world.

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  12. Ingrid says :

    This mansion would not look out of place in one of London’s more affluent boroughs!

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  13. msjadeli says :

    Kerfe I definitely remember you or somebody else talking about this mansion I think it was you. I think we were talking about what we could do with the place if we bought it 😉

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  14. Bela Johnson says :

    Interesting thoughts, Kerfe. I would Love to capture some of my dream images on film! But I have to settle for drawing or painting them.

    I love the ‘did I see it, or didn’t I?’ question. Especially at this time of year (Samhain, when the veils between worlds are thinnest), I find I am asking that question quite a lot! I was staring into the sky from our bed the other night, seeing stars behind stars behind stars, even nebulae! And goodness knows, my physical vision is Not supposed to be ‘able’ to view what I did! And yet, there it all was.

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  15. paeansunplugged says :

    A ‘dream door’ sounds very interesting. Would one be able to exit it once entered!
    Very interesting history though.

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