Inspired by the columns of ancient Greece, modern porch columns enhance
your exterior decor with a timeless elegance that has become such
defining characteristics of Classical architecture. Today's tapered
columns placed at intervals, and often spanning two stories, echo the
classic Greek porch or "portico", where columns would support the roof
of the porch, while at the same time, defining the building's decor and
In ancient architecture, the first columns of what are now Egypt,
Persia, and Greece, were functional and designed to carry massive
weight, however; they soon evolved into elaborately designed decorative
elements. The first Greek columns were probably made of wood, but
reached the height of their popularity in marble.
During modern times, architectural columns enjoy resurgence in
popularity through the Greek Revival architectural style. Today is
columns are available in both traditional and modern materials. Todayís
construction technologies make it possible for you to include
architecturally accurate columns in your exterior decor, while utilizing
the most durable and efficient building materials.
The most prominent element of Greek and Roman architecture is the
column, which is technically referred to as an "order". There are three
primary Greek columns: the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. The Doric
column was used as far back as the 7th century BC. The Doric column is
the most frequently used column in classically inspired architecture.
The Doric column is cylindrical and simply styled, and of the most
primitive design, and because of this, it is rather versatile, and works
well with many different decor styles.
The colonnaded porch is the most prominent feature of the Greek
building. In contemporary architecture, a grand colonnaded porch that
encircles the entire perimeter of a home is known as a ìverandaî. The
veranda is a modern evolution of the Greek "peristyle", which was not
included in Roman porches, as the porch only spanned the front of the
building. Verandas are often included in the large plantation style
homes made so popular in the southern United States.
Porch columns can also be combined with other elements to greatly
enhance your exterior decor, and to establish a shaded, and semi-private
space. Balustrade systems, porch railings, and thin posts are often used
to compliment porch columns.
Porch columns hold an air of grandiose seriousness, sobriety and
stability, and because of this, they are used to accent banks,
institutions, government buildings, and churches. Porch columns can also
be employed to achieve the same effect in residential architecture.