Sally Savage

American Porches

November 15 - 30, 2006

Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 1-6 pm

(Thanksgiving Day: Closed)

"...There are moody porches with silent old men in rocking chairs, and gaudy porches whose sole occupant is a squawking parrot in a cage. There are grand porches with elegant wicker furniture, and sagging porches with cracked seats and plants in old tin tubs.
[In the old south, the porch]...acted as a mediator between the house and its surroundings. ...Because it was not really in the house, but attached to it, it provided an occasion for what could be called "porch life." Sitting on the porch in the evening used to be an invitation to the passer-by to stop and say hello. This sociable custom [especially since the advent of air-conditioning] is no longer as common as it used to be. But even an empty porch gives a house an affable demeanor and conveys a sense of welcome. It is still nice to see porches, even if only as a reminder of an earlier, friendlier time."

—Witold Rybczynski (author of Home)  writing of Key West in the New York Times: Architecture View, Sunday April 7, 1991.

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