Unfortunately, because the carriage house was built for horses, whose future as transportation was dim in turn-of-the-19th-century America, it soon needed a makeover.
After the stables and carriage house were converted to an automobile garage, the head coachman was allowed to keep his job by becoming the family driver, but he could not, according to Wikipedia, ever learn to back up.
To a family of lesser means, retaining such a retainer might have become an insurmountable problem, but the Berwind family easily solved it by resolutely waving their checkbook at the dilemma, causing an enormous automobile turntable to appear inside the garage.
More evidence that the appallingly rich (like Mitt Romney, whose cars don't have a turntable, only an elevator) are not like you and me, and neither are their problems.
Or, as we would refer to such trifles were we both gay and rich: problemettes.
|Photo: Preservation Society of Newport County|