06 July 2011

Sheltered Carriage Houses

I don't stroll down Washington Mews much. Though the ancient alley, north of Washington Square Park, is beautiful, it reminds me too much of New York University's bottomless appetite for real estate; so many of these former carriage houses are now owned by the monster, Village-eating college.

Still, it's a shame to deprive myself of such quiet beauty. So the other day I accepted the invitation offered by the open gate and walked the length of the Belgian-blocked path.

These former carriage house look like carriage houses. Former carriage houses always do. But a few possessed a feature I haven't seen in other converted carriage house around town—a demi-roof sheltering the entrance. They're all on the northern side of the mews, which is the older side; many of the stables on the south side were converted to artist studios in the early 1900s.

I can't be sure these are original, but they certainly seem to be. The one above is so weathered and peeled, it looks like it could be on a side street in an old Tuscan hill town.

The above house, No. 46, has a curious fixture. On either side of each support under the eave are circular ceramic decorations depicting the same, vague-Greecian, crouching figure. What can it all mean?

1 comment:

New York Real Estate CE said...

Definitely a breath of fresh air and carriage houses. I am actually one of those 67% who still pays for rent but I am saving up to have a home of my own soon too. I definitely would agree that it would be one of the best long term investments out there. Although cars are more fun, I'd still like to have a house of my own first. But this are really amazing!