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What is a Dutch Door?

My first recollection of a Dutch door was Mr. Ed’s barn door.


The Dutch door originated in the Netherlands in the 1600s. It allowed the occupants the ability to open the top half while keeping the bottom closed.  This kept children contained inside and farm animals outside.


It gained popularity in the U.S.  during the 1950s. Neighbors could easily shout out a good morning. I think they are great for enjoying a fresh breeze and keeping track of pets and kids.  The doors have a latch that connects top and bottom as one, so they can be closed or opened as one component.

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