The photos above illustrate the differences between an old traditional element and a new one on the same building which has been made to look “exactly like the existing”.

Starting from below, note how the kick profiles, panels, mail box cover, door knocker and knobs, door lights, transom bar and meeting rail, and the transom itself are but a crude imitation, with cheap details, corner mitering and steel hardware denouncing the new “twin”. And interestingly enough, the original door was quite simple in its naive-Deco character, but even then they didn’t get it right. No surprise, given the horribly thin threshold step used for the two. At least the millwork color is OK.

Rua Miguel Bombarda, Porto

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