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THE GARAGE: AUTOMOBILITY AND BUILDING INNOVATION IN AMERICA'S EARLY AUTO AGE. John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, 2013. 280 pp. with 133 ills. 23 x 16 cm. LC 2013-1468 ISBN 9781572339583 In English.
Publisher's description: The garage... has been an American commonplace for so long that it is surprising how little attention it has drawn from scholars tracing the country's architectural and cultural heritage. In this compellingly written and profusely illustrated book... the authors show how blacksmiths and carriage repairmen quickly adapted to the increasing ubiquity of the automobile. Noting differences from region to region as well as between large cities and smaller population centers, they look at the growth of car dealerships, with their separation of service and sales floors, and the parallel rise of small, independent repair shops... The domestic garage... gets its own chapter. And throughout, the authors explore the various ways in which concerns with practicality, commerce, and aesthetics have dictated how garages were laid out and constructed and what services they offered... The Garage will engage an eclectic audience of architectural and material-culture specialists, historic preservationists, antique car enthusiasts, local historians, and others fascinated by the impact of the automobile on early America and its legacy in the built environment of modern communities.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Architecture
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 156131
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