In fact, one of the homes on the Alternate Parade was, indeed, the "garage" of its day.
This home, set back from the street, was originally a carriage house built in 1911. The sandstone on the house was recovered from the ruins of the Capitol building which burned in 1904. The builder was a realtor who was involved in developing much of Madison's east side. The plans called for a house to be built in front of the carriage house but plans fell through. I was delighted to find that a former colleague of mine has lived in this home for the past 30 years.
|The large door on the left, now the home's entrance, was|
where the horses pulled in the carriage.
|To give them more space, the current owners of the|
carriage house raised the roof on the side a few years ago.
One of the newer homes on the Parade was this stone-veneer house constructed in 1936. This engineer who built this house used advanced construction techniques including steel I-beam supports, internal hot-air distribution systems, and rock wool insulation. One of the neatest features in the home was the dining room table made from a red elm taken down in 2010 as a result of contracting Dutch elm disease.
|A fabulous metal sculpture stands on the stump of the elm tree.|
My first thought was that it was created by Dr. Evermor, the sculptor from Baraboo.
This bird was created by one of his students.
I liked how many people in this neighborhood turn small yards into beautiful gardens. If there isn't much yard for grass, why have any grass at all? No mowing around this Parade home.
|Much of the original woodwork is in this 1915 home. The open front porch |
was converted into a music room. Lots of pine paneling in one of the upstairs
bedrooms with decorative details incorporating the knots in the pine boards.
|This home's owner has installed a Little Free Library in the front yard.|
I doubt I'll be looking at any new homes in this year's Parade that begins on Saturday. The historic homes have so much more character. However, I'll have to wait until 2015 for the next Alternate Parade.