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Stable Door
Also called a Dutch Door, a door that is split into two sections horizontally.

Stable doors

I have no idea why in the US the term Dutch Door is used for this particular arrangement. I have been to Holland a couple of times and I ain't seen any great preponderance for them over there. What I have done is seen this arrangement on actual horse stables. In the UK and Australia.
The building that has the door shown on these pages used to be a stable but has now been converted for other uses, but the architect has retained the old doors as a nod to it's former life.

This type of timber door construction is called frame and filled.

dutch door

Another stable door at the same building. This time the outside face is shown. The band and gudeon hinges are clearly seen and the joint between the two doors is covered with a batten to seal the joint from the weather. The top of the batten bevelled to shed the rain and it gives a nice drip edge to further keep the water out.

On external doors like this the two leaves are either bolted together or the bottom one is fixed and the top one can be opened. The joint has to be weathered one way or another, so that more or less makes it impossible to open the bottom door on it's own.

It is a different story of course with internal doors where there is already protection from the weather. They are sometimes used as a type of servery door where space is restricted.

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