Garages a Hundred Years Ago

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Wednesday, March 4, 1914:  Same as ever.

1914-04-107-cHere is a garage which, though simple in design, has been made attractive by careful consideration of details. The stonework gives the impression of strength and durability, and the use of long double casements is unusual.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Since Grandma still was in a rut when it came to writing diary entries, I’m going to share some fun drawings of garages that I found in the April 1914 issue of Ladies Home Journal.

I was absolutely amazed that enough people apparently had cars a hundred years ago that the magazine decided to do an article garage design ideas.

1914-04-107-aThe exterior of this garage, with the rough plaster base, shingled walls, and the broad low roof, harmonizes with the bungalow to which it belongs.

1914-04-107-dThis garage was planned for the motor enthusiast who also loves gardening. At one end is a spacious tool and work shed.

1914-04-107-eThis garage is well-designed and inexpensive. The pent roof is not necessary, but keeps it from being commonplace.

1914-04-107-gExcellent judgment was used in the selection of the site, the choice of materials, and in the general design of this garage, which opens directly on the street.