Oregon Caves
Historic Structures Report

Interior Assessment and Recommendations (continued)

Interior Doors

The interior doors of the Chateau fall into roughly four categories: guest room and closet doors, fire doors, kitchen and coffee shop doors, and non-historic accordion-style doors.

The lobby office door and the opening between the coffee shop and dining room both have non-historic accordion doors. These doors run on tracks mounted to the timber frame above each opening, providing a measure of privacy for these service areas of the building. Both are in good working order, and are constructed with faux wood grain panels that do not match the historic character of the Chateau.

The kitchen and coffee shop doors are replacements of the originals. These four are hollow core modern doors. The doors between the kitchen and coffee shop are hinged to swing in both directions, and form a set of double doors. The doors between the kitchen and dining room are hung individually, each swinging in only one direction. Each is a one-way door, with the door into the kitchen on the west and the door into the dining room on the east. The historic doors functioned in the same manner, but were two panel doors matching the doors in the guest rooms.

fire door
Typical Chateau fire door.

The fire doors were added to the structure on the fourth and fifth floors. These steel doors are hung in walls added at the same time, as described in the Chronology of Alterations. These doors are in good working order, and are closed at all times. While they detract from the historic character of the Chateau, they are a life safety issue that was deemed necessary at the time of installation.

guest room door
Typical guest room door.
guest room door hardware
Typical guest room door hardware.

There are two types of doors present in the guest rooms. Conventional hinged doors form the entrance to each room, and also lead into the majority of the bathrooms. These are two panel doors, stained a green color. The surrounding trim is comprised of simple boards, stained to match the doors. The door lock and handle hardware on the entrance doors to the guest rooms is not original on the vast majority of doors, as new locks have been installed as a security measure. Some doors retain their historic handles and plate, but the locks are all replacements. The historic hardware has been moved in all instances to accommodate the new locking mechanism.

The second type of guest room door is a pocket door, located between the rooms of all of the suites in the hotel. A limited number of bathroom doors are also pocket doors. These pocket doors are stained to match the other guest room doors, and are either two panel doors like the entry doors, or are solid single panel doors. All of these pocket doors are in good operating condition, with their original latch and track hardware intact.

The guest room doors are also affected by the lean of the building in the north wing. Doors on the fourth floor in rooms 102, 103, 104, and the linen closet on the south side of the hallway do not operate properly because of the lean in the walls, and two of these doors have been cut down to fit the irregular opening. The closet door in 104 and the door between 102 and 103 have been shaved down at the top and bottom to fit the door frame and retain some measure of operation. The closet door in room 102 will only open 1/2 way, jamming against the floor.

Recommendations for Treatment: Interior Doors

The four categories of interior doors present different preservation needs. The non-historic accordion-style doors should not receive any preservation treatment (except removal), and the historic guest rooms doors should receive the most attention. The recommendations are as follows:

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Last Updated: 22-Sep-2001