This column and entablature is based on historical examples
from Bristol, Rhode Island.
The existing entry was a pale and anemic copy of colonialish
examples. Everything is too narrow and lacks depth and detail.
Step one was to strip the old woodwork away. Notice the
wire hanging down in the center--a new light would be installed in
the ceiling to brighten the doorway. The ceiling was also
raised 6-8 inches.
In the shop the base columns were constructed, made of a mix
of materials. Over a plywood backer there is a PVC product
that very effectively mimics wood without the risk of rot.
The new entablature is much taller than the old one, with more
depth and detail too. The columns wrap around the corner and
are also much wider then before.
The new entryway marries historical accuracy with modern
materials to create a much bolder statement.
This house was going to be painted anyway, and it was time to
transform the front entry into something bolder. The old
woodwork was stripped away and new columns and entablature built
based on historical examples.