AWNINGS AND CANOPIES
Over the last 100 years several types of awnings and canopies have been utilized in Stoughton and still are appropriate:
1. Retractable fabric awnings which roll or fold back toward the facade.
2. Stationary fabric awnings on a fixed pipe system.
3. Fixed canopies with sloping roofs.
4. Fixed canopies with flat roofs and railings—like small balconies.
As old photos of Stoughton reveal, awnings were used only where needed to protect shop interiors from the sun, mostly on the north side of the street. Flat-roofed fixed canopies which also served as balconies were used on both sides of the street at different historical times; frequently these were accessed through long second-floor windows.
Awnings and canopies provide shelter from the sun, rain and snow.
Awnings can be decorative as well as functional, and are available in many materials, colors and patterns. Today and in the past, their greatest value is energy conservation—protecting shops from unwanted heat gain.