Washington and Arlington

This relatively modest colonial-style home achieves a look of near-perfection with the addition of a simple but finely-detailed and well-proportioned entry portico.  The designer has helped the situation by reducing the size of the window above the entry (probably a bathroom window), allowing the entry to be emphasized without any crowding of the facade elements.  The stone ends of the house lend an air of quality and solidity and the generous vegetation helps to hide the unfortunate shed-roofed addition on the left side.
(Lyon Village)

This somewhat grander home, dating from the Federal era, has, appropriately, a somewhat grander entry.  But note the simplicity of its overall form: the porch derives its appeal and appropriateness through fine detail, an intricate balustrade, and sensitive scale rather than through any dramatic flourishes in shape or imagery.  (Georgetown)


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The problem on Vermont Street, of course, is not only to emphasize the front door but to integrate the bathroom window into the entryway. A simple portico such as "pa31" can be modified by pairing columns on either side of the entry, thereby producing a screening effect for the bathroom window. Example "pa34" shows paired columns (however small) as well as a direct relation between the entryway arch and the fanlight behind.
pa32 pa33 pa42

The examples in "pa32" and "pa33" show pediments with arched entryways which are relatively attractive despite having no fanlight or other curvilinear element behind which might justify the arch (compare with "pa34" above). Unfortunately, in these examples there is some potential for conflict with the window directly overhead. The examples in "pa31" and "pa42" avoid this conflict by having only a horizontal architrave and entablature over the columns.

A finely-constructed semi-circular portico in stone.
The "screening" effect of multiple columns is particularly clear in this view.
A nearly free-standing, pergola-like porch attached to the front of an older home.
The juncture of roof peak and window overhead is not ideal.


A formal, traditional entry with integral fanlight.

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