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Four Garages, Large and Small, Added to National Register of Historic Places

Posted October 19, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto history repair

A curmudgeon’s repair shop. A block-wide maintenance garage for intercity buses that became an FBI crime lab. A small neighborhood gas station. A radiator man’s small complex servicing Route 66 travelers. Rural and urban, abandoned and under renovation, four early-20th-century garages from across the country made the National Register of Historic Places this month, all for their own distinctive reasons.

While the register includes a wide variety of buildings, monuments, entire districts, and even shipwrecks, garages on the list tend to be either large-scale metropolitan parking garages or the birthplaces of some non-automotive innovation. Not often does it turn its spotlight on the smaller mom-n-pop garages that sprang up along and near highways as the automobile became the preferred mode of transportation. As Edson Beall of the National Park Service noted, that’s likely due to the fact that many smaller garages that conduct largely unheralded work (and which usually sit on land of increasing value to developers) tend not to retain much of their original integrity over the years.

“That’s why they’re significant – because they’re still around,” Beall said, noting that the addition of four to the register at once is more of a coincidence than anything. “They’re usually submitted for their architectural value, sometimes for their association with a historical event like the advent of the automobile.”

Garages need national historical recognition too, and we may be seeing even more in coming years.

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10/20/2017 11:49 AM

Next on the list of historic places should be all of the brothels on route 66,,,

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11/08/2017 10:55 PM

This 'garage' is down the road a piece from me:

Jim Hall built some legendary cars in this 'garage'. That's 'Chaparral Cars', if you can't make out the sign.

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