Carriage house

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Carriage house, New York City, c. 1900 Carriage-house crop.jpg
Carriage house, New York City, c. 1900
Fanciful rendering of the interior of a carriage house from a theatrical poster (1898) Mistakes-carriage-house.jpg
Fanciful rendering of the interior of a carriage house from a theatrical poster (1898)
Small carriage house, Douglas County, KS Carriage-house-2.jpg
Small carriage house, Douglas County, KS
This carriage house in Manhattan has been made over into a single-family home 124 East 19th Street carriage house.jpg
This carriage house in Manhattan has been made over into a single-family home

A carriage house, also called a remise or coach house, is an outbuilding which was originally built to house horse-drawn carriages and the related tack. [1]


In Great Britain the farm building was called a cart shed. These typically were open fronted, single story buildings, with the roof supported by regularly spaced pillars. [2] They often face away from the farmyard and may be found close to the stables and roadways, giving direct access to the fields. [3] [4]

Current usages

In modern usage, the term "carriage house" has taken on several additional, somewhat overlapping meanings:


Carriage houses for small, city houses could be small, utilitarian, and only adequate to house one small carriage. However, carriage houses for large estates could be quite elaborate and large enough to house many carriages, horses, tack, and hay. They could even include basic living quarters for the staff who managed the horses and carriages. Horses were occasionally stabled in the carriage house but usually in a separate barn or stable.

Other modern uses

Because of the prestigious nature of some large, elaborate carriage houses, the term "Carriage House" is commonly used as part of the name of businesses such as antique shops and restaurants. Sometimes these businesses are housed in former carriage houses.

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  5. "Project Guide for Detached Dwelling Units". Denver Development Services. City of Denver, Colorado. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
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