Bring the Carriage Around
America’s carriage houses are among the most charming remnants of our architectural history, some dating back to colonial times.
Created to shelter horse-drawn carriages and tack, they often doubled as living quarters for grooms and coachmen. They could be simple and utilitarian, or as architecturally elaborate as the homes they supported. The historical sections of many cities boast a variety of examples.
Carriage houses dot New York’s Love Lane, also in Brooklyn. A place for romantic promenades in pre-colonial days, legend has it that the street takes its name from its popularity as a place for young men to linger with their dates before returning them, at the end of an evening, to the Brooklyn Collegiate Institute for Young Ladies.
Today, many of these structures have been repurposed as offices, workshops, guest houses, or as separate homes. Restaurants, tea rooms, galleries and other commercial concerns have also taken advantage of these ready-made mansions in miniature.
The oversize entryways and open central spaces have made carriage houses a favorite for artist’s studios.
Typically a set of two outward-swinging matched doors; carriage doors can also operate as sliding or even bi-fold units. Since carriage doors don’t roll upward like a standard garage door, it’s much more straightforward to incorporate elegant details such as frame and panel construction, multi-lite glass and obscure or stained glass windows.
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