Garageitecture: From the Carriage House to the Garage Band

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Garages are one of the most pervasive architectural spaces of the past century, but how did that happen? For the first time, the AHC presents a program dedicated exclusively to something that people use most every day, but that often gets left out of the conversation when it comes to talking interesting architecture. AHC Education Committee member Jim Varner joins us for what should be a fun and interesting look at the development of the garage, from its days as a place to house your horse and buggy, through the early 20th century, when most garages were add-ons to existing homes. From there we’ll explore how by the mid-century, we had become attached to the garage so such so that they were now physically attached to our homes and often sized for more than one vehicle. As time went on, garages came to almost dominate the houses to which they were attached, leading to neighborhood backlash, but also to an era in which garages, while still common, are used less and less for actually housing our vehicles.

This lecture program is held at the Architectural Heritage Center – 701 SE Grand Avenue

Seating is Limited. Pre-Registration is Highly Recommended.

Parking is on-street (free on Saturdays) or in the parking lot on the west side of Grand Avenue between SE Yamhill and Belmont Streets – just to the north of the Urbanite. Thank you to Bolliger and Sons Insurance for sharing their lot with us for our evening and Saturday education programs.

$20.00 – General Public
$12.00 – AHC Members


About the Architectural Heritage Center
The Architectural Heritage Center’s mission is to “inspire people to conserve the art, craft, and context of historic buildings and places to promote our cultural heritage as a vital element of livable, sustainable, communities.” We seek to preserve the historic character and livability of our built environment, and to promote sustainability through the re-use of period homes and buildings.

Owned and operated by the non-profit Bosco-Milligan Foundation, we empower people in the Portland region to preserve both landmark buildings and the regular “vernacular” vintage homes and storefronts that collectively define our neighborhoods, traditional downtowns, culture, history, and quality of life.



Cover image: Two-car garage, from The Home (1923). Architectural Heritage Center Library.

Event Detail

September 14, 2019 10:00 am
September 14, 2019 11:30 am


Architectural Heritage Center