A porte-cochère (/ /), coach gate or carriage porch is a covered porch-like structure at a main or secondary entrance to a building through which originally a horse and carriage and today a motor vehicle can pass to provide arriving and departing occupants protection from the elements.
Portes-cochère are still found on such structures as major public buildings and hotels, providing covered access for visitors and guests arriving by motorized transport. 
Portes-cochère, which are for vehicle passage, are often confused with or porticos, columned porches or entries for human traffic.
The porte-cochère was a feature of many late 18th- and 19th-century mansions and public buildings. Well-known examples are at Buckingham Palace in London and at the White House in Washington, D.C., where a raised vehicle ramp gives an architectural portico the functionality of a porte-cochère.
Today a porte-cochère is often constructed at the entrance to elaborate private homes and such public buildings as churches, hotels, health facilities, and schools where people are delivered by other drivers. Portes-cochère differ from carports in the vehicle passing through for passengers to board or exit rather than being parked.
The Lockwood–Mathews Mansion, built in 1864
The Briarcliff Lodge, built in 1902
The Briarcliff Manor railroad station, built in 1906
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