The Door Store In Toronto: Doors From The Past For The Present

I have always loved antique stores. Especially architectural pieces which can being a unique character into any space.

Which is why I love The Door Store in Toronto, Ontario. You see, back in 1972 - after witnessing the loss of many architectural treasures to demolition - owner Sam Mirshak established The Door Store. Sam recognized there was a need - and a market - for salvaged building components. Today, over 40 years later, Toronto still enjoys the salvaged product The Door Store provides.


Front and back of exterior door. Photo courtesy of The Door Store (TDS).


This family run business refers to these treasures as architectural artifacts. They started with doors, which comprise an enormous stock which is constantly changing. Here's a link to their immense door gallery.

As has oft been said "Design is in the details". Their eclectic cache of stock includes pine exterior doors dating from the 1880s, intricately glass-etched interior doors, authentic carved wood doors, to one-of-a-kind showpieces that make a grand statement. For those seeking to add some personality and patina to their residence, incorporating an antique door is one way to elevate a modern space.


Series of double doors, interior. Photo courtesy of TDS.


Exterior double doors, front and back. Photo courtesy of TDS. 


Exterior double doors, front and back. Photo courtesy of TDS. 


Adding a salvaged piece into a modern setting instantly imposes a juxtaposition of past and present.

The Door Store features ideas and inspiration on their website to entice your design concepts for antique doors in your home. 

Sarah Richardson has featured The Door Store on her shows on multiple occasions. Read blog posts detailing how her findings from the store came together in her projects. She also shares insight on the benefits of "salavaged architectural details."


The addition of this antique door to the entryway of a living room elevated the space. Photo via pinterest. 


A strikingly similar set of double doors, currently available at The Door Store. Photo courtesy of TDS. 


Using salvaged doors is a great way to preserve an architectural era. You literally - and figuratively - keep the doors of our past open to the future!

The Door Store - now with a larger inventory than ever - is located in Toronto’s Castlefield Design District.

Offering a selection of door hardware, heating registers, lighting fixtures, decorative iron, stained glass, and fireplace mantles, check out their website to see their eclectic collection. 


All photos courtesy of their respective owners.

Researched and Written by Emily E.A. Stringer, Undergraduate of Sociology, and Geography: Environment & Sustainability, from the University of British Columbia.

Posted In: Ontario

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