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Encyclopedia > Porch
Timber porch detail
Temple porch to a mandapa,India
A covered porch.

A porch is a platform structure attached at the front or back entrance of a building. It is external to the walls of the main building proper, but may be enclosed by screen, latticework, broad windows, or other light frame walls extending from the main structure. There are various styles of porches, all of which depend on the architectural tradition of its location. All porches will allow for sufficient space for a person to comfortably pause before entering or after exiting the building. However, they may be larger. Verandahs, for example, are usually quite large and may encompass the entire facade as well as the sides of a structure. At the other extreme, the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan has the longest porch in the world at some 660 feet in length. Image File history File links Gnome-globe. ... Photograph by Patrick Dinnen and released under Creative commons licence. ... Photograph by Patrick Dinnen and released under Creative commons licence. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2592 × 1944 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2592 × 1944 pixel, file size: 2. ... [[LiItalic textLink title == Headline text == Media:Example. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (480x640, 144 KB) A picture of a porch, with chair, taken by me. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (480x640, 144 KB) A picture of a porch, with chair, taken by me. ... Mashrabiya screen on display in the British Museum Latticework is an ornamental framework consisting of a criss-crossed pattern of strips of building material, usually wood or metal but can be of any material. ... A verandah is a large balcony on the level of a ground floor. ... West facade of the Notre-Dame de Strasbourg Cathedral A facade (or façade) (Pronounced fa-sa-de) is generally the exterior of a building — especially the front, but also sometimes the sides and rear. ... Grand Hotel The Grand Hotel is a historic lodging facility located on Mackinac Island, Michigan, a small island located in the Straits of Mackinac. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ...


North America and Britain

In Britain and New England the porch is typically a small vestibule where wet/muddy clothing can be removed before entering the main house. This is often called a mudroom in New England. In the western United States US, ranch style homes often use a covered porch to provide shade for the entrance and southern wall of the residence. In the southern United States and Southern Ontario, Canada, a porch is often as broad as it is deep, and may provide sufficient space for residents to entertain guests or gather on special occasions. However, many American homes built since the 1940s with a porch only have a token one, too small for comfortable social use and adding only to the visual impression of the building. The New Urbanism movement in architecture urges a reversal in this trend, recommending a large porch facing the street, to help build community ties. This article is about the region in the United States of America. ... A floorplan with a modern vestibule shown in red. ... This article deals with the western United States. ... The U.S. Southern states or the South, also known colloquially as Dixie, constitute a distinctive region covering a large portion of the United States, with its own unique heritage, historical perspective, customs, musical styles, and cuisine. ... Southern Ontario is the portion of the Canadian province of Ontario which lies south of the French River and Algonquin Park. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area [1] Ranked... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The New urbanism is an American urban design movement that arose in the early 1980s. ...


When covered, a porch not only provides protection from sun or rain but may also form, in effect, an extra exterior room that may accommodate chairs, tables and other furniture, to be used as living space. Screens are often used in some areas to exclude flying insects.


Porches typically are architecturally unified with the rest of the house, using similar design elements as the rest of the structure, and may be integrated into the roofline or upper stories.


India

In India a porch is an important part of Hindu temple architecture. Porches and verandahs are popular elements of homes as well.


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Porch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (380 words)
The porch, especially in the southern United States and Southern Ontario, Canada, is often as broad as it is deep, and may provide sufficient space for residents to entertain guests or gather on special occasions.
Porches typically are architecturally unified with the rest of the house, using similar design elements as the rest of the structure, and may be integrated into the roofline or upper stories.
Decks are similar in function to porches, but typically are open to the sky, are of bare wood construction, and do not integrate in design with the rest of the structure.
porch: Definition and Much More from Answers.com (709 words)
Simple porches were exceedingly common in the domestic architecture of Britain and the U.S. from the late 18th century.
In Gothic cathedrals the porch was often a small gabled structure projecting from the northern or southern walls of the nave.
The porch, especially in the southern United States, is often as broad as it is deep, and may provide sufficient space for residents to entertain guests or gather on special occasions.
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