Thursday doors: Centerville, Indiana on the National Road

Centerville, Indiana, is known for its arches. You’ll see them when you visit: passageways in many of the buildings to courtyards behind them. It’s a distinctive architectural feature of this small National Road town, which was founded in 1814.

Centerville is also known for its antique shops. It’s one of the towns on Indiana’s famous Antique Alley. Centerville and nearby Cambridge City are probably the most prominent towns on that tour.

But Centerville is not known for its doors. That’s a shame, because they are lovely. Here are many of the doors you’ll find in Centerville right on the National Road, better known today as US 40.

Centerville door
Centerville door
Centerville door
Centerville door
Centerville door
Centerville door
Centerville door
Centerville door
Centerville door
Centerville door

Pentax K10D, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SMC Pentax-DA AL


Comments

13 responses to “Thursday doors: Centerville, Indiana on the National Road”

  1. Nancy Stewart Avatar
    Nancy Stewart

    Very interesting. All the doors are so much higher than the street level. Was this an area that was flooded often ??

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I don’t know! Interesting question though and a reasonable conclusion on your part.

    2. J P Avatar

      Or perhaps so that they did not have to dig the basements so deeply? It seems that so many old homes/buildings were designed this way.

      1. Jim Grey Avatar

        That could be. Hard telling from outside!

  2. J P Avatar

    It is an open and shut case that this blog is on the threshold of greatness. Anyone who knocks this post is unhinged.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Face, meet palm!

  3. Kurt Ingham Avatar
    Kurt Ingham

    I’d never realized there were so many wonderful spots in Indiana- until this blog. Opened my perceptions.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I think most places have interesting stuff to see — you just have to either spend time exploring, or know where to look.

  4. Photography Journal Blog Avatar

    Looks like a peaceful place to wander around.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Well, it is right on a four-lane highway…

      1. Photography Journal Blog Avatar

        Ok, I’ll be careful :)

  5. dennyho Avatar

    That first red door is just perfect! The others are great too but I do love a pretty red door.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Red is good! I like orange doors too.

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