Did you know that the garage was originally made to not only preserve your vehicle, but to be a gas reservoir in the mid-1920s? It was the late 1920s that the need for a garage became less of a necessity when local service stations popped up throughout America.
The very first carport was reported to be built in 1909 by Architect Walter Burley Griffin who designed the structure to be incorporate with his architectural style, “Prairie School”.
Fredrick Carter House 1910
The origin of the name carport comes from the french word, “porte-cochère” or “carriage house”. These were used on mansions in the early 18th and 19th century. However, the “Carport” was called by another name, “Auto Space”, until 1913 when Franklin Lloyd Wright coined the phrase during a build of his own “Prairie School” building in the mid-1930s.
The term “Carport” became very prominent in the late 1930s with the “Streamline Moderne” architectural style, a nautical and rounded design which represented sophistication and modernism with a twist of art deco.
The Normandie Hotel, San Juan Peurto Rico 1933 (Known for its interior resemblance of the SS Normandie, a first class ship that carried only 848 passengers)
Franklin Lloyd Wright’s most popular architectural design was a style named, “Usonian”, a phrase coined to help promote the “New World” of America and American landscape. Carports became a staple of cleanliness and modern design in the Usonian style.
Herbert Jacobs House, Madison, Wisconsin 1936
Herbert Jacobs, Franklin Lloyd Wright’s first customer for the Usonian style home spoke of carports saying, “A car is not a horse, and it doesn’t need a barn.” He then added, “Cars are built well enough now so that they do not require elaborate shelter.” Looking back at life in 1936, it is easy to imagine automobiles prior to this time were not completely water tight; the era of robotic-assembly, advanced materials, and perfect closure lines was still 50 years in the future.”
The carport is brilliant, sophisticated and a part of our American heritage. It can withstand the coldest and hottest temperatures and provide protection for vehicles. You deserve the best and that is what we provide.
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