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Antique Door Knobs @ The Royal Hotel

posted by: The Royal Hotel Chilliwack on: December 18, 2018 10:30:50 AM
The discussion of door knobs was in the news a few years ago – yes doorknobs.


Now removed door knobs at Vancouver City Hall
image credit: Ward Perrin, Vancouver Sun

In 2014 The City of Vancouver – the only city in Canada with its own building code – decided “universal design” will take precedent over aesthetics and in March of that year banned door knobs in all new construction in favor of lever-style handles.


Details of the doors at Vancouver City Hall
image credit: Wade Perrin, Vancouver Sun 

For clarification, the Centre for Universal Design defines universal design as “the design of products and environments to be useable by all people….without the need for adaptation or specialized design.”
 
Vancouver City Hall was designed by architects Townley and Matheson and constructed in 1936. The Vancouver based architectural firm also designed many movie theatres including the c.1949 Paramount Theatre in Chilliwack.  The original brass monogramed door knobs were part of the overall design and aesthetics of the art-deco inspired City Hall.

The original knobs that adorned city hall doors for 77 years have been removed.

To take a peek at the history of the door knob I consulted the Schlage website. The Schlage Company has been in the door knob and lock business since 1920 and according to their website wooden doors and handles first appeared approximately 5000 years ago.
Here is a link to their website for a more in-depth look at door knobs.

https://www.schlage.com/blog/categories/2013/07/did-you-know-door-knobs-through-history.html



Original door keyhole @ the Royal Hotel

At the Royal Hotel in downtown Chilliwack, you will still find original door knobs installed over one hundred years ago when the hotel was built in 1908. In fact, some of the locks are still opened with original skeleton keys.


Original doorknob @ the Royal Hotel

If you are looking for a unique place to stay full of local history and architectural features (like doorknobs and claw-foot bath tubs) the Royal Hotel in historic downtown Chilliwack certainly fits the bill
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