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Greek Revival Inverted Porches

From this angle you can see how the enclosed porch has a separate roof and is a bump-out addition (with flared craftsman walls dating it to 1900-1930) that extends off of the original inverted porch.

I am a big fan of removing the enclosed porch addition to restore the classic lines to the structure- but that step will only make sense after we have more space – i.e once we renovate the back – because right now we are actually using the enclosed porch as a summer guest room.

Below are a couple other examples of the inverted Greek Revival porches. I have actually found it quite hard to find pictures of inverted porches that still remain open – I think in the Catskills with our relatively cool summers and cold winters – the porches were probably simply enclosed or walled off so they could be used year round.


An example of a surviving inverted porch in the next town over- see how similar this house is to ours except this house has the classic 3 windows/ two windows and entry door in the front pediment wing instead or our 2 windows/2windows layout


I stole this image from an area real estate listing (sorry it is so small) – this too has the inverted porch – the smaller wing is more similar to ours – although it also features the fancy entry door on the facing gable


This is actually a photo of a house in our town from the turn of the century – (I have been scanning photos for our history center as a pet project of mine and also because I can glean so many local architectural details from the looking at old photos). You can see how although the layout is flipped , this house is very similar to the house above – notice also how the house has what appears to be board and batten siding a Gothic Revival detail- very interesting.

2 thoughts on “Greek Revival Inverted Porches”

  1. How interesting. I have an inverted porch on the back of my house, but didn't know it was called that!

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