Federation Doors

Federation Doors

– From Terrace House Factory


Victorian doors generally had four vertical panels (two in the top of the door and two below) with a ‘double ogee’ inlay moulding, a curve going in then out that ran around the edge of each panel. External doors were normally thicker than internals and could have raised panels that looked like the back of a cricket bat and a chunky ‘Bolection’ moulding created a powerful and distinctive look. Arched top panels were often used to match the window joinery.

Lead light entry’s could be very elaborate with side lights and transom or fan lights. The more elaborate entry’s often included hand painted stained glass features.

Edwardian and Federation

24 panel glazed
24 panel glazed
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Edwardian Doors from this period could be the same as a Victorian door but with a change in the style of moulding, typically an ‘Ovolo’ moulding, a single convex curve with a flat edge top and bottom.
Panel layout began to differ in this period especially with the Federation doors often utilising 3 long panels in the bottom of the door with a single square panel in the top or two horizontal panels.
Lead lighting became very popular in this period with entry’s and windows done in matching styles.

1920s ’30s ’40s

The doors from the ’20s to ’40s maintained some of the panel layouts from the ‘Ed/Fed’ period but dispensed with the moulding’s. These doors were often made from Redwood or Oregon timber the panels being either solid or ply.

Front Doors

  • Front doors of Federation houses usually have glazing to the top half with glazing to the side and top light.
  • The glass was leadlight in an Art Nouveau design.
  • They were painted in dark red or green colours.
Wonderful Haberfield Federation House, with single door.

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Randwick door set

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Haberfield door set in filigree style


Entryway to Woronobo
Haberfield single door with windows
Art Nouveau Entrance


French Doors:

French Doors

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