This lovely entry porch is on an Queen Anne style house located in the Heights neighborhood of Topsham, Maine. The scroll-cut ornament elevates this porch and really draws the eye to look closely. This scroll-cut pattern can be found on other houses in town and was likely done by the same carpenter.
An entry porch has a different role than a porch intended for sitting and socializing. Its purpose is to welcome residents and visitors and send a message about the house. It is key to the “curb appeal” realtors are always talking about and for a historic house it is an important character-defining architectural feature.
Original porches are always character defining features of a historic house but are often found in poor condition due to their exposed locations. Preserving these features, or restoring them if lost, is key to maintaining or restoring the historic character of a house.
The repair and/or restoration of porches is covered in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”
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