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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Garages, 4

I never cared much for garages before moving to Pasadena and I know why. It's because I never lived anywhere else where the garages were part of the architectural history. In other places I've lived the garages are all aluminum, each one with the same automatic door as the one across the street.

This one speaks for itself, I think. Look at that roofline.

Bonus: we get to continue, in a glancing way, our vintage automobile theme for one more day.

16 comments:

dive said...

That's a beaut, Petrea. I love the wonky, double-fold door. The fact that it has a personnel door makes it seem kinda sneaky, like there's something going on in there that the outside world shouldn't know about.
Though judging by the VW campervan it's probably just a cannabis farm.

Trish said...

lol dive...I think you're on to something!

ancient bus, wonk'd together building with a couple of sat dishes on top (ET phone home!) and some sort of Wall-E head mounted on the side of the garage...paranoid pot farmers!

Love the color, love the details. Petrea---you know how to make the shot!

Latino Heritage said...

Fun pic, cool angles. Looks like the Bus is peeking around the corner checking out the photographer.

Petrea Burchard said...

It's a tony neighborhood, so I doubt they're growing pot. If they're farming in there it's probably artisan lettuce or heirloom tomatoes.

Trish said...

rotflmao...I hang out in tony neighborhoods often dear, and yes, by golly, those kids are growing stuff in them garages out back!

I know for a fact my uncle grew stuff in my grandparents home in Linda Vista, and Midlothian was a drug haven in the 80's, as was most of Linda Vista, Annendale, San Pasqual, Millionarie's row and Oak Knoll/So Lake to name a few (not to mention King's Row).

Oddly enough, I really didn't participate in all that, but I knew where to find it if I had wanted to do so.

LH---I like the idea of the bus nose peeking out!

Speedway said...

I love the purple eaves of the house and asphalt accenting the taupe color of the door. Another glance, the taupe looks like faded 70's 'Harvest Gold,' w/a whiff of cannabis for nostalgia. The VW bus reminds me of the one in 'Little Miss Sunshine,' as though it needs a long push to make its getaway.

I like the garage pictures, Petrea. They're little buildings with their own personalities. Around here, the garages seem to dominate the home, big rectangles sticking out in front of the main entrance, as in I CAN AFFORD THREE CARS!

Vanda said...

That minibus looks like it's trying to sneak around the house. It's up to no good, I'm telling you, no good!

altadenahiker said...

Cool shot, and I like the purple trim. Looks like this one once housed a carriage rather than a car.

Petrea Burchard said...

Trish, I am so naive.

Speedway, though you and I live in different car cultures they share a few things. We have those braggart garages, for example. I doubt I'll photograph any unless I find a unique one, but they're common by definition. Not that that's bad--we can't all have a quaint antique to house our car.

It definitely has a personality, Vanda.

I think so too, Hiker. I like the old ones. Probably just because they're old.

Bellis said...

That VW bus is looking longingly at the garage, but it'll never fit in. I think Karin's right, it was made for a small carriage or early model car. Love the hinges - bet you couldn't buy any like that nowadays.

Speedway said...

There are some house near here, built inthe 1950's-60's, that have detached, one -car garages that are too narrow to accommodate even one of today's cars and allow room for the driver to get in and out of either the car or the garage. As a result, owners have to build a new garage and/or use the original for storage. One house w/such a garage has been for sale, so maybe I can measure it for comparison.

Even then, I've taken pictures of a number of two-car garages which obviously have become the homeowners' "attics."

Susan Campisi said...

It looks like it was put together with giant ice cream sticks. Yum. I like the purple.

Petrea Burchard said...

Bellis and Speeday, my neighbor and I spoke of this today: our old garages are tiny and not built for today's cars. So, yes, attic would be a good word for it.

Makin' me hungry, Susan.

Ms M said...

Good photo with the angles, the purple roof trim, the "peeking" VW van. The door on this garage reminds me of many of the stand-alone garages in the Midwest where I grew up. A lot of the farms had them, although most of them were used for storage during the 60s & 70s, rather than as a garage.

Petrea Burchard said...

Ms. M, I imagine if I returned to Illinois with my camera I'd see a lot of things I never saw when I was a kid. I remember the big barns. I don't remember garages. But they must have been there.

Trish said...

P---not naive, just hoping for the best out of people.

Now that I think of it, AH's idea of carriage house sounds good!

wv: cultisma...it's not a cult, it's just pot!