Memphis Heritage executive director June West has been floored by the response to the group's first Adapt A Door design challenge.
She expected they would have maybe 15 or 20 architects and interior designers sign up, but more than 70 groups or families have already registered. The participants will recreate the old doors into whatever they want, and the results will be auctioned off in August.
"We have about 150 doors. We salvage a lot of good, solid wood doors," West says. "We thought these would last us for three years."
What she calls the more spectacular doors, salvaged out of older buildings, generally sell at Memphis Heritage's semi-annual auction.
"I think some people are doing it so their kids can paint on a door. They might be starting a bad trend around their house," she says.
The Door Dash is Saturday, April 25th, at the old marine hospital near the National Ornamental Museum. Door-dashers will first have a 30-minute window to look at all the doors and, because of the large number of participants, be allowed into the building in groups to choose their door.
Deadline to sign up for the door design challenge is today at 4 p.m. and can be done by calling Memphis Heritage at 901.272.2727. The $25 registration fee also includes two tickets to the silent auction in August.