Weinland Park is the land of the antique garage. While they’re disappearing fast because of poor maintenance and the simple fact that an Escalade won’t fit in a structure meant for a Model T they shouldn’t be allowed to totally disappear. And with the advent of the backyard cottage movement in Seattle and elsewhere we have all the raw architectural material we need to increase density without adding multi-unit apartment buildings or completely destroying the feel of the neighborhood.

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Nice to see that this rock-faced concrete block garage near Indianola and Seventh seems to be getting a new roof.

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Caution: Off topic rant – Not sure if this is in the University Area Review Board’s purview, and your local blogger is guessing it’s not since it’s on the same stretch of Indianola between 7th and 8th Avenues where all the porches have been replaced by decks, but unless the owner is looking for a Waco stand-off type of look drastically reducing the window size is not appreciated. Now, back to the garages.

Ca 1923 rowhouse car garage on Indianola. This structure replaced part of the McLaughlin Brothers Stable complex that was formerly located on the site making it a little piece of transportation history as well as architectural.

1920s style garage with a metal standing seam roof on 6th Avenue.

While the doors themselves don’t appear to be original this garage on Euclid is notable for the sliding bifold accordion door hardware.

1920s three car garage with 2005 This Old House insert showing a restored version. The garage on 6th Avenue still has the original sliding door hardware.

This 1920s rock-faced concrete block structure looks like a garage but was it?

Carryout and bait shop on 5th Street. One idea of what to do with your antiquated garage – retail.

So what do you do with your outdated garage – make it into a backyard cottage Seattle style.

Have garage – just need some flowers

In Seattle – guest house. A great idea for all those garages we’re just not quite sure what to do with in Columbus.

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