What's Their Story? Wood Door Casings
Learn how these casings changed with the times
Judging by the door casings shown here, the houses they came from were quite grand. The floral and fan details in the entablature tops were seen in the door surrounds of Victorian-era houses from the late 1800s. Their heights—about 12 feet—indicate that the casings were used on the first floor, where ceilings were lofty and houseguests would be sure to see them.
By the turn of the 20th century, door casings reflected a less fussy Arts and Crafts aesthetic that prized natural wood grain and clean lines. The lower ceilings in Craftsman bungalows also left less room for those fancy entablature tops, which were made by stacking up to six moldings to form one big one.
These days, salvage yards are one of the best sources for wood door casings, which can be reused in new houses and in period restorations, making drab doorways with thin or nonexistent surrounds more attractive.