Seeking the History of Screened Porches


| 6/26/2014 7:59:00 AM


Of Mice and Mountain MenAnyone who has experienced one has to admit that a screened porch is a wonderful addition to any house. A screened porch offers the breezes, scents, sounds, and sights of being outdoors – but without the bugs and the blazing sun. In rural areas – before air conditioning became rampant – many people used a screened porch as a bunk room on particularly sweltering summer nights.

Screened Porch 2

Source: underthegables.blogspot.com/

Victorian home with a sleeping porch on the second floor. Usually built off a bedroom, the sleeping porch was screened in on three sides for maximum air circulation.

But like so many brilliant architectural adaptations, the screened porch has been shoved aside by more modern innovations and changes in lifestyle. Conversion to a year-round sunroom or blown out into a larger deck or patio that offers a full open-air atmosphere, the screened porch is fast becoming a nostalgic memory.



Have you ever wondered who first thought of enclosing a porch with window screening? Let’s have a seat in the Wayback Whensday machine and see what we can find out.

bnjduke
11/23/2018 4:01:35 PM

This is just fascinating to me. I know of three houses built in 1945. And this probably applies to all houses built in 1945 with a bathroom. Lock and key, down the backdoor steps, from the bottom step over to the bathroom bottom step and back up into the bathroom. Out of the house down the steps and backup the steps into the bathroom. I know that sounds redundant. But that's the way it was in 45. Because the bathroom in the house wasn't heard of. It was probably done that way in just a million homes in 45. When a lean shade bathroom was an advanced modern home.


bnjduke
11/23/2018 4:00:37 PM

This is just fascinating to me. I know of three houses built in 1945. And this probably applies to all houses built in 1945 with a bathroom. Lock and key, down the backdoor steps, from the bottom step over to the bathroom bottom step and back up into the bathroom. Out of the house down the steps and backup the steps into the bathroom. I know that sounds redundant. But that's the way it was in 45. Because the bathroom in the house wasn't heard of. It was probably done that way in just a million homes in 45. When a lean shade bathroom was an advanced modern home.


bnjduke
11/23/2018 3:58:56 PM

This is just fascinating to me. I know of three houses built in 1945. And this probably applies to all houses built in 1945 with a bathroom. Lock and key, down the backdoor steps, from the bottom step over to the bathroom bottom step and back up into the bathroom. Out of the house down the steps and backup the steps into the bathroom. I know that sounds redundant. But that's the way it was in 45. Because the bathroom in the house wasn't heard of. It was probably done that way in just a million homes in 45. When a lean shade bathroom was an advanced modern home.






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