• Repair and retain original porches.
  • If rebuilding is necessary due to structural instability, reuse as much of the original porch and decorative details as possible.
  • Assess the significance of a non-original porch before considering removing or altering it. A porch added to a building at a later date should not be removed simply because it is not original. It may have its own architectural or historic importance and is evidence of the evolution of the building.
  • Original porch floors should be repaired or replaced to match the original.
  • If a porch is missing, a new porch should be based on as much evidence as possible about theoriginal porch design, shap, size, location and details. Check the following sources for evidence:
    • Old photographs
    • Historic Sanborn maps
    • Paint lines defining porch roof outlines
    • Paint lines defining porch post design
    • Remnants of the porch foundation
    • Similar houses in the neighborhood (helpful but not always dependable)
    • Oral descriptions from previous owners
  • Where little or no evidence of the original porch remains, a new porch should reflect the typical porch form of the era while being identifiable as a recent addition not original to the building.


  • Avoid alterations to historic porches, especially on primary facades.
  • Avoid replacing original stone steps.
  • Avoid replacing original wood floors with concrete.
  • Avoid placing new porches in locations which never had porches, especially on significant elevations.

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