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Canaan Garage

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1913. VT 253, 0.1 miles north of VT 114, Canaan village
  • (Photograph by Curtis B. Johnson, C. B. Johnson Photography)

The Canaan Garage, built by Walter Harriman as the first car dealership and second garage in Canaan, is a well-preserved example of the first generation of automobile-related buildings that once proliferated at the edges of villages throughout Vermont. It is a one-and-a-half-story gabled, wood-frame building with a false front that faces the street. The garage is sheathed in “fireproof” brick-patterned metal siding, and a balustered parapet atop its false front has a central panel with the garage's name in stamped metal. It retains its original showroom windows on the southern end of the front and on that side. The building remained a garage through most of the twentieth century until converted to its current use as a small engine dealership.

Writing Credits

Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson


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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "Canaan Garage", [Canaan, Vermont], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Vermont

Buildings of Vermont, Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 254-255.

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