Victorian Porches, 1860s.

The veranda is perhaps the most specially American feature in a country house, and nothing can compensate for its absence. It may be constructed of lattice in the common way, or with a little more elaboration... A handsome veranda may always be made by using posts seven or eight inches in diameter, and fitting between them brackets, or arches.... The veranda may, if preferred, be of more solid construction... An agreeable effect can be produced by turning the columns of some suitable pattern, and perhaps enriching them with a little carving.
Wooden balustrades are of several sorts... They may be constructed with turned balusters, or composed of a flat surface, pierced with a pattern. A third method that may be adopted is somewhat of a combination of the other two. Its effect is produced by using flat balusters...

Calvert Vaux
Architect, 1864

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