Board and Batten
These doors, which are original to the Cottage's north entrance, were significantly altered over the nearly 140 years since the Lincolns last occupied the Cottage. The lancet arch, which was typical in Gothic Revival style architecture, was cut to allow the top portion of the door to remain stationary, while the lower part could be opened and closed. Additionally, approximately 8 inches were cut off the bottom of the door when the floor was raised in the Cottage vestibule.
Ghost lines reveal both the presence of a decorative hinge strap and that the current rim lock is smaller than the original vertical lock and was likely taken from another door in the house to replace the original lock.
Paint analysis performed on these doors shows that they originally were faux grained to approximate white oak.
Please handle doors gently.