While flipping through the pages of the August 1948 edition of American Home magazine, my eyes were immediately drawn to this article about a couple who had renovated a carriage house to become a two room home in Chicago.
It took me a while to wrap my head around the term carriage house. Was it like a garage? If so, why did it have 2 levels? After a bit of research, I learned that the bottom floor was used to house the horse and carriage and the top floor was where the stableman slept.
The article referenced the post-war housing shortage and told the story of how Mr and Mrs MacAlister turned the modest space into an impressive home. I have included the article as a pdf which you can download if you love that mid-century modern look.