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Sneak Peek: Charleston

A porch in sad shape makes way for a historically accurate addition

Many historic houses in Charleston feature porches, which add architectural interest to the structure and provide a way for the homeowners to relax outdoors. The 1890 Greek Revival Charleston house had an elegant front porch, but in back there was just an odd corner porch that had no original parts by the time TOH arrived on the scene.

Andrew Gould, the renovation architect for the project, suggested demolishing the corner porch and replacing it with a two-story porch across the back of the house. “This would gain some extra living space and create a better rear facade,” says Gould. The back porch design includes balusters and columns that evoke the original front porch details, and the work is in progress.