If you’ve visited the Rivertown Inn before, you’ve passed through these amazing iron gates; these are the Detail of the Day. Jeff and I found these gates at an Atlanta, GA auction, and we had them hauled to Stillwater, Minnesota on a semi-trailer. They were installed in the center of the grapery, a structure between the main house and the carriage house. While we don’t use it for grape growing, it is a gorgeous structure that artfully eases the transition from one space to the other, and allows our innkeeper to have a place to park her car on the right, and for storage of seasonal items on the left (where beauty marries function, count me in). Follow the sidewalk through these impressive 12 foot iron doors and your luxurious Rivertown Inn experience begins. Aren’t they absolutely breathtaking? Our former designer Ed Hawksford created the structure around these doors so they fit perfectly. I adore good wrought iron, and these doors just make me stop nearly every time I walk by them. Even after 7 or 8 years – it’s been at least that long – I absolutely love this addition to the Rivertown Inn. The light fixture overhead, the way the fountain is seen through them, the peek at the gazebo on the left….stunning.
Next time you’re at the Inn stop and notice the extraordinary craftsmanship that not only went in to the construction of these antique doors – probably over 200 years old – but the grapery itself. We have local craftsman in Stillwater that are masters.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle 384BC – 322BC
Enjoy your day!