We now have carpeted floors; when we change-upon entering the front door, is the hardwood floor laid lengthwise or crosswise? Parallel or perpendicular to front door?
The direction in which a floor is laid depends on the room. It doesn't necessarily depend on the door or entryway. For example, if you have a very long room, you'd probably lay the flooring parallel to the longer walls.
Here's an important consideration, Yvonne, if you're putting hardwood floor into an entry foyer: you want to choose and install the best quality, most durable hardwood flooring available. Entrances tend to see a lot of dirt and foot traffic, so it's worth investing in better flooring for that area that will hold up for years to come.