|June 19th, 1915|
It's a reminder that in the streetcar era, the front porch and "intertidal zone" between a home's front door and street was much more active than it is today in the suburban autoist era.
As we get ready for the annual "Tour of Homes," the contrast is striking.
Exterior shots of the houses focus on the garage and its implied autoist mobility, with activity quickly moving to the interior, private space. Outdoor activities then center on the back deck or patio, not the front porch.
Exemplifying this, the Home Builders Association leads with an interior shot, a sliding door, and blank stone wall off a short patio.
|Home Builders Association Splash|
|Eric Olsen Splash|
Samuel Barber's "Knoxville, Summer of 1915" is perfect, and I don't know why I didn't think of it immediately:
It has become that time of evening, when people sit on their porches, rocking gently and talking gently...