Elderly hotels have them extend to the street. Classy apartment buildings of a certain age wear them with pride. I associate them with busy city centers with lots of sidewalk traffic.
It marks the front door. It offers shelter from rain, snow, or searing hot sun.
At this building the vast majority of visitors and employees arrive by automobile. But for the last bit of their journey it offers shelter and shade. A hint of the message preached inside. Welcome. I’ll protect you. Comfort you when life throws problems in your direction.
Faith is a powerful force. Whether the building proclaiming the message is spare and sleek or of a more traditional construction.