• March 29, 2004

Historic Garage Examples

Get inspired by these bungalow garages

Garages, Inspiration

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  1. Elsie

    a paper roof? really? I grew up outside of LA (Bell) and remember cement yards. . .
    I have been showing my DH the pics of vintage kitchens (and am now saving the garage pics). Very inspiring. May I ask where you find these pictures?
    Thank you for documenting your home restoration. I “visit” regularly.
    (in grassy WNY)

  2. heather

    Hi! I found the building permit for the garage and was surprised that it said paper roof. Maybe it was tar paper? I guess it is little wonder the building is no longer standing!

    If I find an image online, in a magazine or book I scan it in and save it. I have several home decorating books that were published in the 1910′s. I also search for old books online at used and rare book stores. Sometimes they will show images from the books they are selling. Aladdin Homes sales catalogs from 1908 – 1954 are online (http://clarke.cmich.edu/aladdin/catdir.htm). They have a 1916 home furnishings catalog that is a great resource.


  3. Elsie

    I had been thinking that our area doesn’t seem to have as many A&C type homes. Then I opened my eyes and see elements everywhere. As I drove through East Aurora NY today (think Roycroft:
    http://www.arts-crafts.com/archive/hdavis.shtml )
    the only thing that prevented me from snapping a few photos was the fear of being late for a dental appt. Well, that and wondering how to inobstrusively take a picture of a backyard garage.
    I bookmarked the Aladdin site. I think it would be fun to build small home based on a vintage plan. Still working on convincing my carpenter husband. Also need to grow up a few more kids so small is feasible.
    Again, thanks for your inspiring online work.
    TAR paper – oh. duh. should have used a few more brain cells and I might had figured that one out.

  4. Lisa

    Thanks so much for all the time and effort you’ve put into this web site (not to mention the incredible work you’ve done on your house!) The garage pictures are so helpful to me. That’s a future project that I’d like to do. I wonder if anyone has found a way to have an automatic garage door that still looks authentic to the period?
    Good luck,

  5. heather


    Hi! Sorry it has taken me a while to get back to you. I have been looking into the same thing. I have found some companies that are making modern doors that have a vintage feel (although $$$$)…

    Amarr Garage Doors (Carriage House Doors): www. amarr.com

    General American Garage Door Co. (Presidential Series, Washington): http://www.gadco.com

    Overhead Door Corp. (Ranch House Collection, Series #147): http://www.overheaddoor.com

    Raynor (American Rivers collection): http://www.raynor.com

    Summit Door, Inc. (Colonial collection): www. summit-door.com

    Wayne-Dalton Corp. (Cabriolet): http://www.wayne-dalton.com)

  6. Lisa

    Wow! Thanks so much! You’re like the genie in the lamp that pops out and says “what do you need”.

  7. Phil from Jax, FL

    Thanks for the garage images. I am building a garage for my 1911 brick bungelow and needed ideas to complete the doors…

  8. Derek

    We still have the original garage next to our house, it’s in rough condition though. It has a wood barn floor and a sliding door. The door is rotting on the bottom, which isn’t surprising, since it’s 80 years old. I’m planning on bulding my own garage door, I saw one in Fine Homebuilding, it was probably 6 months ago.

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