Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Squint Shot 042611

The Ford Garage was completed in 1917.  G.L. Adams wrote a glowing article describing the inside, which can be found in my book, The Fowlerville Chronicle

The old picture for this series of 'then and now' squint shots shows the Sprague Ford Garage in 1920.  There were stone (or brick) buildings to the west of the building.

The Ford garage was built in such a way cars could drive in the front, at the center, and be taken to the back for repairs.  Someone unfamiliar with Fowlerville, looking at the modern-day photograph, might want to dispute it is the same building.  

A rough-sawn cedar front was added to the building in the 1980s and remains.  Currently, Jeffrey's Automotive uses the back of the building for car repairs and the front has been rented by the owners of Granny Greenthumb. 
At one point, a gas station was located at the southeast corner of East Grand River and South Ann Street but now it is an empty lot.

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