Theses Master's

Manhattan Parking Garages 1897 – 1930: Significance And Preservation

Grossman, Hilary

This thesis is a survey and study of the purpose built garages erected between 1897 and 1930 with a focus on upper Manhattan north of 50th Street. This study is bracketed between the years 1897, when the first commercial garage was opened in Manhattan and 1930 when new zoning regulations and an economic downturn ended the construction of purpose built garages in Manhattan. This thesis identifies and defines purpose-built garages as a distinct and significant architectural type and makes a case for their preservation by highlighting their historical development, architectural design, technical features, and cultural significance. In conclusion, this thesis puts forth a complete study of the early 1900s upper Manhattan purpose built garage building from its development to the present day.


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Academic Units
Historic Preservation
M.S., Columbia University
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September 6, 2013