The first owner of my house was a drayman. A drayman drives a heavy duty cart to the docks to unload cargo from the boats. This man, Joseph Kingston, had a team of horses kept in the carriage house that is shown in this sanborn map from 1884. The "X" through the structure indicates it's a carriage house, and the '2' indicates it's two stories tall.
From conversations with some of neighbors they say it had doors on both the first and second floors with a boom to load the upper floor. It sounds like in the 1960's the carriage house was half disassembled down to a single story building. The 1985 picture of the house shows some small shed like structure in the back yard.
Then it sounds like in the mid 1990's the owner completely demolished what was left. The only evidence I've seen of it is some barn doors in the attic being used as floor.
Fast forward to today: I'm building a garage.
I put an email out and again got a great response from my comrades. My good friends Tom, Jodi, Rick, Tiley and Josh came out Saturday to erect the first floor walls. Lucky for me I have good neighbors who were working some backyard concrete across the alley to help us lift the 10' tall side walls that are 26' long. I love this neighborhood.
Intermittent rain didn't help us out. 20 minute downpours every hour after lunch didn't help much, but also failed to slow us down. During one mad dash pulling tools in out of the rain the raindrops starting to 'hurt' more then normal......and then we realize we were being pelted by dime sized hail....hail in summer? Apparently there are no pictures of Josh.
Saturday Tom was back for more joined by Scot, Joe and Bob. We quickly knocked out the 2nd 'floor' and started framing rafters. Again random weather, but we prevailed.
I don't know how much you know about framing rafters by hand, but it rarely goes perfect. You often have to make small modifications, shimming things, tweaking and twisting rafters and ridgeboards. That was not our experience today. The roof went together like a fine piece of furniture. Awesome.
Oh and it's strange seeing the inside of Tiger Stadium from the outside. Remember to save the stadium and donate today!