Noted architectural critic Paul Goldberger said in his acceptance speech for the Vincent Scully Prize that he will never review a building he hasn’t personally visited and explored, calling architecture “the way most people connect to the built environment.” If that’s the case, then doorways are both the literal and metaphorical portals through which people travel to experience those connections, and serve as visitors’ first taste of the space within. ARCHITECT has gathered a selection of these entrances—captured by Esto photographers over the years—that range from whimsical doorways on houses to large-scale entries in monumental structures, and from kinetic drawbridges to stationary portals, all of them memorable architectural first impressions.

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