Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

Entryway VS Foyer VS Vestibule

Entryway
AKA Entry, entranceway
Residences: Entry areas resembling hallways   ...   Small room you pass through on your way inside a house   ...   Opening or hallway allowing entry into a structure



Foyer
Businesses: Room found right after entering through the second set of doors   ...   Lobby, corridor, or waiting room

Residences:   A foyer is an area at the front of the home, entered after passing through the front door. The foyer connects a home's entrance with the rest of the interior.  ...   A foyer in a residence is usually a small area behind a front door that separates a home's main rooms from the outside of the house. Often, a foyer will contain a stairway to a home's second level and interior doorways to whatever rooms are attached to it on the ground level.

Some foyers have the feel of a room, while other entry areas resemble hallways (in some cases, these may be called “entryways” rather than “foyers”).  

Vestibule
Residences and businesses: Area surrounding the exterior door.   ...   A small room next to the outer door and connecting it with the interior of the building   ...   A passage, hall, or antechamber between the outer door and the interior parts of a house or building.

Synonym:  Vestibule
Foyer is a more upscale, formal space than an entryway or vestibule. Synonym:  Entryway

Examples:
Myron P. Bush House

Hewitt House/Inn Buffalo

Chloe A. McCann House
Examples:
Curtiss House / Ronald McDonald House

Chloe A. McCann House

98 Wellington Road


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