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Porches

The porch has historically been an important architectural feature - gathering places for families and friends, cool summer retreats, or symbols of wealth. The porch is integral to many architectural styles, and each porch style has its own distinguishing characteristics. When architectural trends changed, porches were often added or updated. Therefore, the porch itself can be a more accurate dating tool than the style of the house. An 1830s structure may boast an early 20th century Colonial Revival porch.

Click on the thumbnail below that closely resembles the type of porch in your historic image.

Greek Revival Italianate/French Second Empire Queen Anne
Greek Revival Italianate/Second Empire Queen Anne
Richardsonian Romanesque Colonial Revival Craftsman
Richardson/Romanesque Colonial Revival Craftsman
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