WeHo’s rich and poor doors, from inside and out

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August 7, 2014

Photo essay by Ryan Gierach, West Hollywood, California

The City of West Hollywood, you might say, was founded on doors. Every person wants to rely on the sanctity and safety represented by their door.

Sunbathers enjoy the sanctity of their patio in the historic Patio Del Moro apartments. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

Sunbathers enjoy the sanctity of their patio in the historic Patio Del Moro apartments. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

Hence, when the County Board of Supervisors seemed ready to leave renters in the lurch and take no action on an expiring rent control law, West Hollywood rose up in arms.

By Sandy Arison

By Sandy Arison

They created a city, one with the strongest rent control laws in the state, one that would guarantee that their doors would be theirs without worry of arbitrary eviction or rent hikes.

WeHo’s doors keep fiends and villains at bay.

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Or the Creative City’s doors represent WeHo’s outlook on life. Even commercial doorways are representative of their clientele.

Yet doors we see mostly from the outside offer distinctly different views when used as portals to the outside.

From inside looking poolside. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

From inside looking poolside. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

Looking outward, honestly, is what West Hollywood has always been about; the question of how this little city can effect social change on the world has long ago been answered.

From the eatery outward. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

From the eatery outward. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

Even more detailed shots are possible from inside an open door, in this case, while awaiting an Irv’s Burger in their new location at Laurel Ave. and Santa Monica Boulevard.

A close detail of the previously shown building. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

A close detail of the previously shown building. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

Still, there are peeks into the door ajar, those mysterious glimpses we get as we walk by with only a few inches of open space between the door and jam.

The space between door and jam is a mystery to any who walk past and glance at it. It retains its mystery even when photographed. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

The space between door and jam is a mystery to any who walk past and glance at it. It retains its mystery even when photographed. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

But an even closer shot mystifies matters even more so…

The steps of life behind a door.

The steps of life behind a door. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

Then there are West Hollywood’s many club doors, meant to evoke a “feel.”

Then there are the club doors. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

Then there are the club doors. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

Or personal spaces meant to evoke a lifestyle…

A glimpse into a kitchen in WeHo. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

A glimpse into a kitchen in WeHo. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

Some doors, though, are not for entering or exiting, but for passing by as one goes about their business.

One excellent example…

Who cares for doors when there is life to run about? Figure eights, back and forths, let's run and ignore doors! Photo by Ryan Gierach.

Who cares for doors when there is life to run about? Figure eights, back and forths, let’s run and ignore doors! Photo by Ryan Gierach.

Who cares for doors when there is life to run about? Figure eights, back and forths, let’s run and ignore doors! 

Or let us enter the door to further enlightenment, education, cultural advancement, as these gents do when the enter MOCA. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

Or let us enter the door to further enlightenment, education, cultural advancement, as these gents do when the enter MOCA. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

Or let us enter the door to further enlightenment, education, cultural advancement, as these gents do when the enter MOCA. 

And standing on either side of the Library's Community Room is an enticement to put your two cents' worth into civic discussions. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

And standing on either side of the Library’s Community Room is an enticement to put your two cents’ worth into civic discussions. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

And standing on either side of the Library’s Community Room is an enticement to put your two cents’ worth into civic discussions. 

Or you could escape the madness of urban living by using one of the more famous doors in the city - the Troubadour's, getting a drink and listening to live world class music. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

Or you could escape the madness of urban living by using one of the more famous doors in the city – the Troubadour’s, getting a drink and listening to live world class music. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

Or you could escape the madness of urban living by using one of the more famous doors in the city – the Troubadour’s, getting a drink and listening to live world class music.

But of course, it is always nice to see a display honoring an important part of the city’s history when you walk through a doorway, as happens when you walk into the central Wells Fargo branch in West Hollywood.

But of course, it is always nice to see a display honoring an important part of the city's history when you walk through a doorway, as happens when you walk into the central Wells Fargo branch in West Hollywood. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

But of course, it is always nice to see a display honoring an important part of the city’s history when you walk through a doorway, as happens when you walk into the central Wells Fargo branch in West Hollywood. Photo by Ryan Gierach.

Walk in and gaze at the gay and lesbian icons depicted in poses bespeaking their roles in advocating and gaining significant improvements for gays and lesbians in WeHo, LA and the world.

Remember that doors matter, from closet to front doors, they matter.

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