DeVere Company Garage
5738 Lovers Lane, Portage

This 1950 garage was built not for automotive repair or storage, but, surprisingly, for the manufacture of plastic products. A. DeVere Johnson originally located the plastics business at 810 Palmer Street in Kalamazoo; in the early 1950s, Marcello and Helen Austin began to run it. Mr. Johnson went on at Palmer Street with a new metals engraving business, the A.D. Johnson Co.

The Austins put up this three-stall garage next to their 1860 farmhouse. The City of Portage Assessorís card lists that one-half of its interior is finished. It has gone unused for a number of years, and the concrete walls are overrun with moss and decay. But the molded metal borders and corner details still shine on a sunny day.