Post 41/2020 Saturday 19 December . . . I’ve been thinking about garages, of all things. About the place where one parks a vehicle, bicycle, lawnmower, tools. The building that evolved from a stable, from indeed the once stately carriage or coach house for horses and carriages of old. Then came the automobile and soon the carriage house became a stable for the car. For many years the garage remained detached from the house.
Even so, in 1908, architect Frank Lloyd Wright built the first attached garage in Chicago. In the 1930s Wright added carports. By the early 1940s garages attached to houses became the trend. By the 1960s and 70s these ubiquitous “stable staples” became band garages, inventor garages, store-extra-stuff garages. Gyms. Expanded living space. The car had so much competition that garages grew in size to almost overwhelm the house.
I got to thinking more about garages on a walk this week to the Goshen Public Library. Our two-mile route takes us through older and newer neighborhoods, letting us zigzag among streets and alleys. It just hit me. I’d been seeing detached garages all this time without giving it any further (think historical context) thought. Until now. Yes, these alleys reveal garages in all their glory, past, present and for some time to come. (For those interested in parking in front of a computer, there’s good material online on the history of garages. I have yet to look up more on the history of carports–our car’s home.)
A fond look at detached garages in Goshen
A Friday drive in LaGrange County
Be warmed. Be blessed. Stay safe. Merry/Happy Christmas!