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George Blossom House Kenwood, Chicago 1892
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my guess is that this work was done at the same time as the garage/stable
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An interesting fact about the garage is that, in 1995 at any rate, it still had its turntable. Cars of the era didn't have a reverse and thus needed a way to turn around and get out.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It appears that the turntable was installed to allow for two cars, both of which had pits beneath them for maintenance and repairs

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote




It may or may not be true that cars earlier than 1908, when the Ford Model T was introduced, seldom had a reverse gear -- information on the matter is not
easily found online -- but it is hard to deny that it is easier to drive forward out of a garage onto the street, than to back onto that street . . .

SDR
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The neighboring McArthur Garage has the same setup with a turntable allowing two cars to fit (only one pit). I don't know about the history of reverse, but I bet these two garages had more to do with the 2-car situation.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wright's name, and the Westcott residence, appear on this Wikipedia page.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car_turntable

The cautions which precede the article demonstrate that Wikipedia exercises a degree of editorial overview of content found on the site.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing transformation of a "garage" from the original first proposed in 1894!


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, that's wonderful ! Thanks, John . . .

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow. Was the 1894 garage built and lost, necessitating the later garage, or was it never built?

As an aside, the sophistication of the composition for the 1894 Blossom garage appears to be light years beyond that of the supposed concurrent Blossom cottage on Manitou.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My understanding is that the "barn" was never built.



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is fascinating. I wish it had been built ... somewhere, not on the site of the magnificent Blossom garage that was built in 1907, however.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SDR wrote:


It may or may not be true that cars earlier than 1908, when the Ford Model T was introduced, seldom had a reverse gear -- information on the matter is not
easily found online -- but it is hard to deny that it is easier to drive forward out of a garage onto the street, than to back onto that street . . .

SDR


Or it could just be packaging. A two-car garage with a single-car opening and a right turn would be quite challenging without the turntable.

And it's a good gimmick.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exactly . . . on both counts.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But what would one do with a pair of 1960 Pontiac Catalinas?
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