One of the many reasons to live in Philadelphia is our architecture. Not only does a walk through a neighborhood show us amazing homes to see; but we also get to live in them! Part of the Philadelphia Real Estate market architecture includes the Carriage Houses that once serviced each neighborhood. A Carriage House, also called: a Coach House or Remise House, housed horse carriages and tack. They where Philadelphia parking garages before we had cars.
Philadelphia Carriage Houses come in all different shapes and sizes. Some were built to house a single wealthy families carriage and tack and some were built much larger as a business caring for a neighborhood's horse and carriage needs. Some were built just to accommodate the carriage and tack and some were built to include the hay and stables to house the horses. Many even included housing for the horse caretakers on the second story.
Larger or small, Carriage Houses share similar characteristics. They often have the incredible main large door that carriages would use to enter and exist, they often are incredibly wide by Philadelphia home standards and most have hay loft doors on their second story. Carriage Houses, while commonplace in Philadelphia, are understandably some of our most desired homes for sale. Carriage Home Buyers are often unwilling to live in any other style home. In fact, many Philadelphia Carriage House Buyers are those relocating to Philadelphia just to live in one of our carriage homes.
The history is easy to imagine. Many times the street level of the carriage house, housed the carriage, tack and stables and the second story housed the caretaker of the horses. It must have been easy to manage the horses needs and to keep an eye on them being so close by. As horses began to fade from Philadelphia life, these large buildings, with their big central door transitioned well as utilitarian buildings.
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