March 9, 2016

The Surrey House With the Restaurant Inside

Three Carriage Houses Serving as Eateries

  • By: Filip Mazurczak

In the Spring 2016 issue of Preservation, we look at former carriage houses that have been turned into fine eateries. Today, we look at some more examples of ex-carriage house restaurants not featured in our print issue.

A shot of the Ladd Carriage House.

photo by: A.Davey/Flickr/CC BY-NC ND 2.0

A rare example of English Stick architecture in the United States, the Ladd Carriage House was rescued from obliteration and transformed into a restaurant.

Raven & Rose—Portland, Oregon

1331 SW Broadway

Portland, OR 97201

(503) 222-7673

$$ | American, Irish

The story of Raven & Rose is a truly inspiring one for preservationists. It is located in the Ladd Carriage House, built in 1883 and designed by architect Joseph Sherwin. The building is one of the last remaining examples of English Stick architecture in the United States. The three-story building was located across from the estate of William S. Ladd. It housed his carriages as well as living quarters for Ladd’s coachman and gardener.

Eventually, the building came into disuse, and in the early twentieth century there were plans for its demolition. However, the protests of local preservationists led the structure to be moved while new buildings were being built. Eventually, Paul Falsetto and Carleton Hart Architecture restored the building, working closely with the same preservationists who had fought against its demolition. By 2010, the former carriage house was again added to the National Register of Historic Places, and it was ultimately reopened as a trendy restaurant.

A shot of the Pa

photo by: Sue Adler/Flickr/CC BY-NC ND 2.0

Who ya gonna call? Some people think that the basement of the F. M. Kirby Carriage House, adjacent to the Paper Mill Play House, is haunted...

Carriage House Bistro and Bar—Millburn, New Jersey

22 Brookside Drive

Millburn, NJ 07041

(973) 376-4343

$$$ | American

In 1934, a 1795 former paper mill in Millburn, New Jersey, was reopened with the appropriate name Paper Mill Playhouse. Since then, it has become one of the state’s leading theaters, well-known for its productions of musicals, often featuring leading Broadway actors (the theater is not far from Manhattan), and countless programs to educate the public in the performing arts.

In 2012, the Paper Mill Playhouse opened a restaurant in an adjacent 19th-century carriage house, which was painstakingly renovated. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, the Carriage House Bistro and Bar is the perfect accompaniment to a night at the theater. The restaurant, which seats 60 guests, serves dinner before shows, and a full service bar is offered to guests during shows. Some people believe that the restaurant’s basement is haunted, and a team of paranormal investigators was brought in to check it out. (Don’t let that scare you away, though; the restaurant is upstairs, far from any potential phantoms and poltergeists.)

An external shot of the Schultheis Carriage House.

photo by: Shuvaev/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 4.0

Today, the Schultheis Carriage House is a great place to enjoy fine German and Austrian cuisine, among others.

Schultheis' Carriage House Restaurant—East Greenville, Pennsylvania

745 Gravel Pike Rte 29

East Greenville, PA 18041

$$ | Italian, German, Seafood, Steak

Schultheis' is located in a rustic stone building former that was once used as a carriage house. The beautifully renovated interior features hardwood floors and two outdoor dining terraces. A redwood barn is adjacent to the restaurant. Schultheis’ Carriage House was opened in 2003; previously, it was a Zagat-approved Mediterranean restaurant called Campagna. Schultheis’ offerings are an eclectic mix of German and Austrian cuisine (particularly from the Tyrol region), along with seafood, steak, and American staples. The restaurant offers a rich variety of Californian and Austrian wines. It is also a popular site for wedding receptions.

$ = Value, $10-19 per person

$$ = Moderate, $20-29 per person

$$$ = Expensive, $30-39 per person

$$$$ = Splurge, $40+ per person

Filip Mazurczak was an editorial intern at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He previously worked as a freelance journalist, translator, and editor. He is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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