Porte-Cochere is a French term that translates into English roughly to “coach gate” or “carriage porch”. Porte-Cochere’s were common in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries when travelling by horse was common. The Porte-Cochere provided overhead shelter to guests as they stepped in and out of their carriages at mansions, cathedrals, and other formal public buildings. Classical Porte-Cocheres contain Large stones at their base, known as “guard stones” which prevent horses from colliding with the columns.
This is a video of a Royal Family Carriage procession. This is a great demonstration of Porte Cochere in its traditional use:
Today in Los Angeles, we can find many adaptations of French Normandy inspired Porte-Cochere in residential housing. Porte-Cochere are very common in period revival architecture that is found in South Carthay, Carthay Circle, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Layfette Square, Beverly Hills flats, Beverly Park, and other areas throughout the city.