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A) Death’s Door, indisputably the county’s most famous portal. B) These doors, once belonging to the Green Bay Broadway Chevrolet Garage, were repurposed by Mitch Wise to convert a garage into a multi-purpose room. C & G) The former Bank of Sturgeon Bay, now a yarn shop, boasts a majestic front door on the exterior and an authentic safe inside. D) Nan Helscher’s front door features rainwater glass mimicking the bark of a real tree. E) Red doors, like this one at the Wellness Center in Sturgeon Bay, symbolize health and prosperity in many cultures. F) This door, at the corner of County C & County MM, speaks of a time gone by.


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circa 1900s fi rst branch of the Bank of Sturgeon Bay. Angled to the street, the entryway features a set of eight-foot-tall double entry doors, the fi rst set copper clad and the second set made of hand- crafted, rich mahogany. While Helscher’s door welcomed people in, these doors serve as both a welcome and an assur- ance, an entry into a solid realm where money could be safely deposited. T is painstakingly restored building with high tin ceilings and original marble is now home to Spin, an upscale yarn shop.


doorcountyliving.com G “Before I bought this building,” said


Spin owner Terry Smith-Kletzien. “I’d admired it for 20 years, and the doors were a big part of the attraction; this jewel of a building was just rotting away and I had to do something. I put an off er in the day it hit the market. T e whole building is amazing.”


Once inside, there’s an even better surprise, a truly one-of-a kind door. Tucked in the corner of the building, now stocked with gorgeous yarn, is one


of Door County’s fi rst safes, built by American Bankers Safety Company and complete with an exposed look at gears, gadgets and operating mechanisms. You want to talk about doors? Now this is a door. Stop in and take a look.


Keeping an unusual door which no


longer serves its original purpose, as Smith-Kletzien did, is a stylistic choice that can add architectural interest. Or, fi nding a door in one place and bringing it to a new location can add an element


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