Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Doric Dork

This is a photo of about a block of front porches again in the Fan District. As you can see in the photo most of the columns are the very simple Tuscan style (Roman precursor to the Greek Doric), although some of the larger homes and the apartments buildings have the more elaborate styles (Ionic, Corinthian, etc).

From one house to the next in this neighborhood, you never know which style will greet you next, or what variation the capital will have to make it unique. And yet, despite the wide range of architecture and detail, when viewed from the street the columns provide a visual sense of unity, allowing the eye to appreciate the esthetic as a whole.

Most of the columns in Richmond are still the original wood (and in need of a coat of paint). Although you will see some homes in the process of renovation sometimes choosing the man-made alternatives.

Another interesting porch fact: many rowhouse porches are entirely connected (ie, one slab of concrete). I'll let you see Richmonders' unique solution later on in the week.

Posted by mea at 10:56 AM


  1. Blogger Michael Blamey posted at 9:13 PM  
    Used to live in DC (Arlington) so looking forward to your photos - maybe you could slip one or two of DC if you get there much
  2. Blogger mea posted at 9:17 PM  
    I'm heading to DC tomorrow actually. I'll see what I can do!
  3. Blogger Michael posted at 12:33 AM  
    This is cool...it could actually look like London if it were posted on Ham's blog. Great eye!
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    Welcome to the photoblog community. I added you to my link list at:

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