When I was a little girl, I always dreamed of being an architect when I grew up… not a Princess... not a Movie Star... not a Nurse... - an Architect. In middle school, I took private art lessons and one of the main subjects of most of my drawings was cityscapes. I drew streets, skyscrapers, sidewalks and street corners, rows of townhouses, futuristic buildings … not exactly what you would expect to see from an eighth grader’s drawings.
Well, somewhere along my way that dream seemed to be put aside for other goals that took precedence and I just never went back to pursuing it. I guess being a Interior Stylist comes close though, right?
Because of my background and my dream, I am still silently drawn to amazing structures with their architectural angles and lines.
One of the many exterior features in architecture I find drawn to is a portico. A portico (the Italian word for porch) is a porch leading to the entrance of a building, or extended as a colonnade with a roof structure over a walkway, supported by columns or enclosed by walls. Noteworthy examples of porticoes are the East Portico of the United States Capitol, the portico adorning the Pantheon in
and the portico of University
College London. Rome
I personally love a home with a portico. There is something about that first impression, that welcoming extra touch to the front door... a special entrance to help greet someone to your home. Porticoes are not only stylish but practical. They keep visitors, as well as your home's structure and surface safe from the harmful elements of the weather. From the simple to the elaborate, take a look at these beautiful examples of porticoes.
Now, what are your thoughts on a portico?