This doorway to the dwelling house at the Shaker community in Sabbath Day Lake, Maine illustrates the clean and functional aesthetic of the Shakers. Their designs were an extension of their religious beliefs, which put faith in God at the center of their lives. It was a Shaker belief that to make something well was in itself an act of prayer. They integrated their aesthetic into all that they made or did and that aesthetic was spiritually based. Order, simplicity, industriousness, communal living and making ordinary things beautiful were all important aspects of their lives. The complexity of modern life stands in stark contrast to the ways of the Shakers, whose way of life had largely disappeared by the end of the twentieth century. The settlement in Sabbath Day Lake is the last of its kind….