Carriage houses are reminders of a bygone era of Louisville transportation and culture. This book seeks to spotlight these hidden houses which help to contribute to making our city a great place in which to live. Along with photographer Dan Madryga, author Steve Wiser describes these secret quarters tucked away behind the grand homes of Louisville, and takes us on a tour of some of Louisvilles greatest treasures as they have been transformed in the modern era.
The intended purpose of the carriage house has long faded from everyday life. However, the way of life that inspired them is firmly established in the historical and architectural elements that capture our attention no matter how magnificent or slight. These once agrarian and stable buildings have been reeinvented in the modern era to meet a new demand for housing. Transformations have taken form as guest homes, mother in law suites, pool cabanas or gardening houses. These structures continue to change and adapt, preserving their heritage and their rich architectural backstory.
Tucked away behind the large main houses are smaller cottage- like stuctures that also were occupied. Instead of single occupancy though, there were several different types of residents: humans normaly lived on the second level while animals, typically horses, existed on the ground level. Known as cairrage houses, these outbuildings were positioned on the rear alley.
Stever Wiser is a lifelong Louisvillian, he has written books on Louisville's most interesting architectural styles and their history. He is a nationally recognized architect of hospital design.