In the early morning hours of July 14, 2011, an arsonist(s) destroyed two original Irvington garages on Julian Avenue and Hawthorne Lane. Many historic detached garages still exist today, but the numbers have dwindled over the years due to changing standards, neglect, and vandalism. Many of the early structures were built to accommodate one car, most likely the Model T. Over time, Irvingtonians expanded the structures so that their larger Buicks and Pontiacs could fit into the small buildings. Both of the garages burned this summer were in good shape and used by their owners.
The garage shown in this post used to sit behind 81 North Hawthorne Lane until its demise on July 14, 2011. It was in excellent shape and had actually served as the garage for veteran television newscaster, Howard Caldwell's family in the mid-twentieth century. It is very sad that someone has found a thrill destroying part of our neighborhood's heritage.
This picture was taken by photographer Bruce Oertel on the winter evening of February 5, 2011.