A routine trip to Home Depot in Hyannis for birdseed and Simple Green ended with quite the chuckle last night. While strolling through the store, thinking of all the DIY projects I should (or could) be working on, I stumbled upon a rather unbelievable adornment–a door meant for a fortress, a stronghold or at least a castle. It was made of wood, heavy, with reinforced bars over a peep hole, perfect for sussing out marauders or solicitors.
I couldn’t help but wonder how a design of this kind made its way across the bridge. The Hyannis Home Depot, as with many of the chains on Cape Cod, is a smaller version of the ones you find on the mainland. So there are less options then you would find in Plymouth and points beyond.
So how did King Arthur’s front door make it to the land of sand dunes and salty air?
The Cape is filled with interesting architecture from cottages and Capes to A-frames, gambrels and Greek revivals. Wellfleet is probably the best example of the amazing array of home design. Wellfleet has quonset huts, boats and even a yurt. But castles? Haven’t seen one of those yet.