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Can the inventor of the carport be verified - Elsewhere Walter Burley Griffin is listed as the inventor.

Quoting from the Carport Intergrity Policy for the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office [1]

As early as 1909, carports were used by the Prairie School architect Walter Burley Griffin in his design for the Sloan House in Elmhurst, Illinois (Gebhard, 1991: 110). By 1913, carports were also being employed by other Prairie School architects such as the Minneapolis firm of Purcell, Feick & Elmslie in their design for a residence at Lockwood Lake, Wisconsin. In this instance, the carport was termed an “Auto Space” (Gebhard, 1991: 110). The late architectural historian David Gebhard suggested that the term “carport” originated from the feature’s use in 1930s Streamline Moderne residences (Gebhard, 1991: 107). This term, which entered popular jargon in 1939, stemmed from the visual connection between these streamlined residences and nautical imagery..... In the 1930s through the 1950s, carports were also being used by Frank Lloyd Wright in his Usonian Houses; an idea that he probably got from Griffin, a former associate.

This is from a Reference of Gebhard, David. “The Suburban House and the Automobile.” The Car and the City: The Automobile, the Built Environment and Daily Urban Life. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1991: 106­ 123. David Gebhard was the author of numerous volumes on the architects and architecture of California. He was the founder and curator of the renowned architectural drawing collection at UCSB. [2] So according to this information Walter Burley Griffin was the first known to include the use of the carport in housing design. Boylo 06:57, 28 May 2007 (UTC)


Might be nice to note the geographic extent of carports vs. garages. You won't find as many carports in the northern states as you will garages, in fact they are generally very hard to find. Even in Madison, WI referenced in Wright's quote. But I'm not sure whether this necessarily has to do with climate, I remember a higher ratio of carports to garages in one neighborhood of Chicago, which also has some notorious winter weather. This may have to do with the houses being from the post-war building boom when people needed them quick and cheap. But I also remember seeing a lot of garages while driving through the Las Vegas area. (talk) 22:22, 16 February 2008 (UTC)

Another key factor in the choice between open (carport) and closed (garage) car storage is the risk of damage (by people or animals) to cars in a given area. If there is a perceived tendency that cars in carports will be damaged by random vandalism or chewed on by local wildlife, closed garages will be more widespread. Also, local building codes and regulations may favor one choice over the other regardless of their practicality (for example one place may limit the number of indoor square feet as a percentage of the size of the land it stands on, thus favoring outdoor carports, while another place may limit the number of buildings per land lot, thus favoring garages that are part of the house itself). Jbohmdk (talk) 08:31, 15 November 2014 (UTC)