Colonial style front doors for mid century houses — Five styles available today

Colonial-mid-century-doorsFor those of you with a mid century home, we’ve previously spotlighted two companies that sell mid century modern style exterior doors — Crestview’s wood doors and the new Therma-Tru fiberglass doors. But what if you have a Colonial style home — or as Pam likes to call it — Cool-onial? Reader Doug had this dilemma, and tipped us to Simpson Door, which offers five exterior door styles that might be more suitable a more traditional looking mid century ranch, Colonial or Cape Cod home. Simpson Door also has several options for historic Bungalows and Arts & Crafts style homes.

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We reached out to Simpson Door to learn more about this company, and very promptly received a helpful response from their marketing rep, Brandner Communications’  Troy Brown. Troy sent us all the great door style photos and this info about the 101-year-old company:

Simpson® Door Company’s “Made-in-the USA” Story:

Like the Douglas fir and Western hemlock trees that grow in abundance here, Simpson® Door Company’s roots run deep in the heart of Washington State forestland. For 100 years, Simpson has been creating American-made exterior, interior and custom wood doors at its manufacturing facility in McCleary, Washington.

Simpson’s story began in 1910 when savvy businessman and tireless innovator Henry McCleary had 40 acres of land cleared for his new door factory. The 900-foot-long facility was completed in 1912. As the largest door factory in the world at the time, McCleary Door Company began producing 138,000 units a month. In 1941, Simpson Lumber Company acquired the door plant and renamed it Simpson Door Company.

The creativity, engineering and innovation that began with Henry McCleary continue. Today, Simpson remains an industry-leading manufacturer of stile and rail wood doors. Simpson Door Company is one of the oldest continuously operating door plants in the nation, and is the city of McCleary’s main industry and largest employer. “We are grateful to call McCleary our home for the past century, “said Brad Loveless, Simpson Marketing and Product Development Manager. “The pride associated with each Simpson door is evident in the generations of families here that have dedicated their lives to building them. When purchasing a Simpson door, customers are not only getting a beautiful, handcrafted showpiece for their home, they are getting a part of our home and history as well.”

Simpson’s extensive product line is available through dealers across the U.S. and Canada, and includes hundreds of standard door designs from panel to French to decorative entry doors with matching sidelights and transoms. Simpson doors can be made in a variety of wood species, sizes and glass options, whether a standard door design or a one-of-a-kind custom door. But what separates a Simpson door from other wood doors in the market, is mostly in what you don’t see: Innovative construction techniques and the highest quality materials for internal components, result in a longer lasting door backed by extended warranties.

Industry research continually shows Simpson as number one in brand recognition in the wood door category. Product development and innovation continue to expand Simpson’s offerings with recent additions including its Nantucket® Collection and Performance Series® – exterior wood doors for tough exposures – as well as a number of new contemporary door designs for today’s homes. To make it easier for customers to choose the door that best suits their tastes, Simpson has added a variety of online design tools – “Glass Taste Test,” “Test Drive a Door” and an interactive wood species selector.

Simpson’s strong roots, century of experience and expertise provide customers with confidence that their “Made in the U.S.A.” Simpson doors will make a great first and last impression of their home.


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Pam says that the front door on her 1951 coolonial is just like this one — #2035 crossbuck style with nine lites.


When it comes to choosing the right style of door for your home, Simpson has a helpful design tool to allow homeowners to test drive their new front door by uploading a photo of the front of their home and virtually install doors they are considering — similar to Crestview Doors Door-o-Vision. Simpson Doors also offers a Glass Taste Test — similar to the door test drive — which allows customers to see how various glass options will look on different door styles.

Troy also sent some pricing info for four of the door styles that would work on a mid century colonial style ranch:

Following is the general price range for each door. The specific price will depend on the wood species, glass choice and local market factors.
2035 – Traditional Sash $450 – $500
2039 – Traditional Sash $475 – $525
2182 – Traditional Sash $500 – $550
2184 – Traditional Sash $450 – $500

We think that doors like this — early American-inspired — were likely even more common than mid century modern style doors. It’s nice to know they are still available.

  1. Tina says:

    I was ecstatic when I found these Simpson doors. The 9-light crossbuck was exactly what I had in my 50s ranch rambler, but with yellow crinkle glass and in very poor condition. I ordered the exact style door with the delta frost glass pattern. I am pretty happy with the new replacement, but wish I had gone with a glass that was more in style like reed instead. My biggest disappointment is that the glass was installed pattern side out, which I have never seen before. The goop they use to seal in the glass is smeared all over the pattern and impossible to remove. It is a big problem, I work at it a little at a time and can’t get very far as the brown goop is in all the glass nooks and crannies. I have heard good things about the company and hope the quality of the door is better than the quality of the glass instillation. I will say it looks sharp from the curb and I really love not having the yellow light in the entry and living room.

  2. Mary Elizabeth says:

    Wow, what a problem, Tina!. If I were you I’d call the company to complain. If customer service doesn’t answer you, you can find out who the CEO/Presdient is and send a letter. Suggest that they send someone to clean off the glass or at the least giive you a discount and instructions on how to remove the glue. You never know until you ask.

  3. Michael says:

    Wow! The two doors at the top of the image are exactly the two doors we had. The diamond-windowed one was the front door, and the other was the side door. They were good, heavy doors.

  4. Deborah says:

    I actually found a diamond windowed door like the one pictured in a garbage corral. I saw only the top foot or so of the door sticking up above the enclosure
    The stained catspaw glass in it caught my eye. There was some damage to the wood around where the dead bolt goes. A hefty wrap around brass plate fixed that. I couldn’t believe anyone would throw such a beautiful door away! A friend helped me take off the trashy pressboard ‘dungeon’ door and put this one on in it’s place. It looks perfect on my 1953 modest ranch. It really brightened up the front of my house. Upped the appeal by a factor of ten. It’s the find of the decade for me.

  5. pam kueber says:

    See our story on where to buy doors — use the Search box or, I think it’s at the top of Exteriors category right now

  6. Julie says:

    We just purchased a door similar to the #2035, a nine-light with crossbuck after seeing similar, and apparently original, doors on the “Coolonials” in our 1950s/60s neighborhood. We’re excited to put an appropriate door back onto our 1968 split level. Previous owners had updated it with a steel “Victorian” style door with oval glass.

  7. Jen says:

    Thank you so much for this!! The house we’ve been working on fixing up has the diamond pane door. However it has a really poor fit and sound insulation, so I’ve been wanting to replace it, but wanted to replace it with the same style because it’s so cute. I had never heard of Mid-Century Colonial! Our entire neighborhood is in this style, many of which still have the original door, either the 9-lite or the diamond pane.

  8. Lisa Zamora says:

    I’m looking for the wood cross buck door for my farmhouse and they are so difficult to find in an affordable price range. Can only find metal ones locally and I’m looking for wood.

  9. Cheryl says:

    I had been set on replacing my colonial crossbuck front door with nine panes of gold textured glass because it seemed so out of place with my 1940 modest cottage-y home….but now I’m having second thoughts! Maybe if I just replace the bumpy gold glass and paint it? I’m trying to love the door I have, as you say…

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