The elderly third-generation owner of this carpenter gothic house (the Architect’s aunt) wanted to replace the inappropriate Chinese Chippendale front porch, which the previous generation had added. Her primary objective was for a new porch which would recall the original one. Secondarily, she wanted a more commodious and usable porch.
The solution is a porch which (like the house’s original) extends across two-thirds of the house front. The columns and brackets are rendered in a subtly updated carpenter gothic vocabulary. The result is a harmonious, usable porch which at first glance appears to be original. Upon closer inspection, the discerning eye can distinguish that the details are new.