This is a look at a beautifully designed porch.
I included commentary about how a porch was used in a time before the automobile, when seeing and being seen was a art form with etiquette and rules.
How to design the perfect porch for the month of August.
The Campbell House, built in 1896, Bennington, Vt., was designed by William Bull, Bennington's premier Late Victorian architect.
1 - Make one side (on the left here) ample so family and friends can gather, admire the owner’s factory across the road, and observe the community passing by.
Set your house back from the street. This allows gentile lounging and discrete watching, without engagement with the public.
a small porch (with an awning!) was in the middle of the 2nd floor, between the windows.
In the attic another porch - now glassed in - had a view north to the mountains.
2 - Always put a tower above your porch so it’s clear where the action is.
The plaster ornaments around the frieze anchoring the turret were the latest fashion.
The house is set more than 6 ft above the street which could a daunting height. If a stair were narrow it would be forbidding.
Your family and friends will visit whether or not your cook can provide excellent lemonade and ginger snaps.