Illustrated Architecture Dictionary


A roofed shelter attached to the house, with a door to the interior.

Most old-house porches include a balustrade or shingled knee-wall.

Commonly found on
Queen Anne and Arts & Crafts styles.

Portico: A roofed entrance porch supported on at least one side by (usually Classical) columns

Loggia: Outdoor corridor or gallery with a fully covered roof and an outer wall that is open to the elements. Traditionally, loggias either ran along the facade of a building or could exist as a stand-alone feature.

Verandah: A roofed platform along the outside of a house, level with the ground floor.

Sleeping porch: A porch or room having open sides or many windows arranged to permit sleeping in the open air.

Examples from Buffalo:

Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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