Interesting Architecture: Porte Cochere
What is a Porte Cochere?
A porte cochere is a French-designed shelter used in the old days for carriage parking. When I say the name porte cochere, you probably do not know what I am talking about. Once you see a picture, you will know! It is basically a drop-off garage seen at hotels, resorts, and even houses. Porte cocheres are helpful because they allow for the people to arrive safely to an event free from harm such as weather. Porte cocheres are usually built around an opening to a building.
Porte cocheres today can usually be found at hotels or mansions. Porte cocheres on mansions are more modern than the older French style. A picture of a modern porte cochere can be seen below.
A Brief History
Porte cocheres were famous around the 18th and 19th century on residential and commercial structures. Some famous porte cocheres can be seen in Buckingham Palace in England and The White House in Washington D.C.
Uses for a Porte Cochere
Porte cocheres were invented for someone to easily pass through and drop off a passenger to an event at a house or meeting at an office. Carports are much like porte cocheres, except the carports are designed for a car to park under them. Porte cocheres are not; they are designed to drop someone off, like I said above.
Porte cocheres are helpful when it comes to weather. Whether its rain, pouring rain, tornadoes, thunderstorms, sleet, hail, snow, heavy snow or dust storm, you can get the guests there in style and safe!
Literal Meaning (Merriam Webster)
The French word ‘porte’ means door, ‘cochere’ means carriage. Literal meaning is ‘carriage door’
Enjoy these photos of porte cocheres. Some of these are on residential buildings, some are on commercial.
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