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Carriage House/Garage - Darwin D. Martin House Complex

Constructed 1903-05
Demolished 1962
Reconstructed 2004-07

The carriage house originally served a number of purposes: horse stalls, hay loft, storage for a carriage, storage and service area for a car, apartment for the chauffeur/groomsman  on the second floor, and storage for boilers for the Martin House heating system.

Originally, horse stalls for two horses: Sherman and Sheridan   ...   In the front section of the carriage house, there is a trap door in the ceiling through which hay was originally hauled through for storage in the second floor hay loft    ...   The carriage house also served as a garage for a car - and, of course, as storage for a carriage   ...   The basement was used as a service area for the car   ...   The second floor (besides having an area for a hay loft) was the apartment for the chauffeur and his family.


October 10, 2006 photo.
Left:  Carriage house   ...   Center background:  Conservatory   ...   Right: Pergola



January 31, 2008 photo
Everything in photo is a 2004-07 reconstruction   ...   Far left: Carriage house   ...   To the right of carriage house: Conservatory where
Wright-designed martin bird houses sit atop the corners of the Conservatory   ...     ...   To the right of conservatory: Pergola   ...    Note 45 degree angle fountain (plumbing under construction)   ...   Roman bricks    ...   Replica limestone martin birdhouses atop Conservatory   ...   Replica urns (plumbing under construction)




January 31, 2008 photo
Ribbon windows used by Wright to compensate for loss of light due to widely overhanging Prairie style  eaves



September 28, 2011 photo.
Left
:  Carriage house  ....
Middle background:  Martin bird houses sit atop the corners of the Conservatory   ...     Right: Martin House



September 28, 2011 photo.
Left:  Carriage house    ....    Right background: Martin bird houses sit atop the corners of the Conservatory   ...     For right foreground: Martin House



September 28, 2011 photo - Carriage house
Fountain not turned on when this photo was taken.  Photo below shows the fountain wall from the other side:



September 28, 2011 photo.
Rear wall of the fountain






January 31, 2008 photo
First floor interior serves as gift shop   ...   Note front entrance doors -



January 31, 2008 photo.
Front entrance - wide enough for horses and a carriage or a car



January 31, 2008 photo.
Note window (center right) in the Tree of Life pattern which was used in the second floor of the Martin House   ...  The large board to the left illustrates the pattern and the number of glass pieces



January 31, 2008 photo
Reproduction window



January 31, 2008 photo
Window in the "Tree of Life" pattern which was used in the second floor of the Martin House



January 31, 2008 photo
Doors lead to the horse stalls



January 31, 2008 photo
Originally, horse stalls for two horses: Sherman and Sheridan   ...   In the front section of the carriage house, there is a trap door in the ceiling through which hay was originally hauled through for storage in the second floor hay loft    ...   The carriage house also served as a garage for a car - and, of course, as storage for a carriage   ...   The basement was used as a service area for the car   ...   The second floor (besides having an area for a hay loft) was the apartment for the chauffeur and his family.



January 31, 2008 photo
Originally, horse stalls for two horses: Sherman and Sheridan.





Special thanks to the following for their cooperation:   Executive Director Mary F. Roberts, Director of Operations Margaret P. Stehlik, and Marketing Manager Caitlin Deibel

Photographs taken by Chuck LaChiusa
Photos 2018 Martin House Restoration Corporation
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