Posted by Kevin Matthews on September 17, 2002 at 11:15:27:
In Reply to: Re: the American Front Porch posted by Paul Malo on September 16, 2002 at 17:37:28:
How are we defining "front porch"? The linked page shows an image of an historic house (32 South Battery c.1782) in Charleston, South Carolina (where they tend to call porches "piazzas") which has what I would tend to call a front porch. (Were the porches added later?)
The Charleston Single Houses have sort-of side front proches, apparently from around the 1750s forward. But the massive side/front inflection may make the Single House a confusing example.
Given the value of porches in climatic adaptation (sun, rain protection) as well as social, there may be substantial regional differences in the initiation and persistence of their popularity.
I'm sure you also have a reson for not including the many houses that are built with porches currently?
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