A well-designed entryway will welcome its guests and invite them in. Porticos, surrounds and overdoors refine an entry by indicating hierarchy among a building’s various entrances. Extending and framing the doorway signals how one should approach and even which doorway to choose, depending on the visitor’s purpose and familiarity. Historic Doors can design and build as much or as little as your project may require.

The term portico often refers to a covered entrance supported by columns. Porticos are most often found at the front entrance to a building. The number of columns used to support a portico determines its architectural name, such as tetrastyle. Popular in Greek and Roman times, porticos first appeared in America around the 1750s. In the northern states, they were usually of modest proportion. The south often built larger porticos, often reaching two stories high.