What’s Different About This House?

posted by Sharon January 10, 2012 8 Comments

In the quaint mountain town of Julian, outside of San Diego, you will find this charming house.

Notice anything different about it? Here’s a closer view.

Yes, it has two front doors. When William Kettner built the house in 1923, he followed the German style of including one front door for the wife and her friends and another front door for the man of the house. Kettner and his pool-playing buddies used his side and his wife entertained her lady friends on the other side of the house.

Today the house is not only a home but also a shop. The place retains its charm as it heads toward being a century old.

I don’t remember ever seeing a home with two separate front doors, one for the ladies and one for the men. It’s an interesting concept. My husband and I have our own bathrooms and we have our own coffee pots and our own computers. Just this morning we talked about maybe having two dishrags because one of us is not so good at shaking out the crumbs (yep, that would be me). We haven’t found the need for two front doors, though.

How about you? Your family may share a front door but find life is smoother when you don’t share in some other ways. What works for you?

Linking up with Sweet Shot Tuesdays and Texture Tuesdays. Texture used is Embrace by Kim Klassen.

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Cedar January 10, 2012 at 6:10 am

The only thing I really want to have of my own is a bathroom…but two doors would be unnecessary 🙂 Fun post and what a charming place!

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Cathy January 10, 2012 at 7:00 am

what a wonderful place to photograph! and it looks like a fun place to shop : )

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Kathleen January 10, 2012 at 11:23 am

What an interesting shop to visit! I love, love, love quirky places like that… Connecticut is a bit staid and upright for two doors, LOL. As for your question…. the only thing we can’t share around here is the newspaper!

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Pieni Lintu January 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Very cool place!

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Gina January 10, 2012 at 8:32 pm

What a cute little place! My hubs & I used to do day trips up there while we were dating. Love that little town.

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Wanda January 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

Hmmm…we visited Julian on a cold, wintry day in 2010. The weather was so bad that we didn’t do much exploring. Your photos make me want to go back!

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spaceandtimecreativity January 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

That brings back memories of the time I lived in SD, Lovely images

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Cottage and Broome January 12, 2012 at 4:49 am

What a fun house, loved the story of the two doors. Great shots, Laura

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