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Charleston Attractions

Fine Southern Home Designs with Side Porches

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Unique Charleston attractions include the fabulous side porches of their historic homes. Porches are positioned on the side of the home rather than in front. A unique feature of the side porch is that many of them have an exterior door.



When the outer "hospitality" door is left open, it was a signal to neighbors and friends that the owners were home and ready to receive guests. Placing the porch on the side gave owners more privacy and a deeper layout on typical long, narrow lots.

Side porches also allowed more air to flow through the home to keep it cool in summer.

Charleston Side Porch with hospitality door
Classic Southern Side Porch with Hospitality Door


Side porches have widely-spaced columns along the length ensure open expanses to capture breezes. You'll also find on true Charleston-style homes, working decorative window shutters to help prevent damage from strong tropical weather.

Mary and I traveled to Charleston, SC., to bring you the finest photos of side porches. We thoroughly enjoyed walking the streets of Charleston and seeing these beautiful homes. We hope you enjoy them too!

Side Porches in Charleston, SC








side porch and hospitality door
"Hospitality Door when left open meant owners were ready to receive guests"








side porch with wrought iron entrance




side porch with coffered ceiling and hanging basket
Typical southern porch ceiling detailing




Charleston Side Porch with pediment over entrance




expansive side porch




unique side porch design
Not your typical southern porch railing system




Charleston colonnaded Side Porch
Huge colonnaded porch - true southern style!




majestic southern home with side porch




southern palacial home with sides porches




On the hunt for classic Southern porches and home designs? Be sure to see our Charleston Vacations, Historic Charleston Homes, and Historic Charleston SC, too!




Charleston is not only famous for its porches; it's equally famous for its colorful foliage! There are plenty of Charleston things to do.

Azaleas, roses and poinsettias abound. Magnolias and willow trees are local favorites. You'll soon see that Charleston landscaping includes trellises for different vining plants, specially yellow jessamine (the state flower).

Combine great porch architecture and beautiful landscaping - Charleston attractions you don't want to miss!








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