Real estate investor and preservationist Hugh Siler has restored several historic houses in Old Towne Orange over the years, but Ted’s garage? “Special” is the word that comes to him. It’s not every home in this neighborhood of Craftsman-style bungalows that started as a Model T-era garage. Sited at the far end of the driveway at the four-unit Shaffer Cottages at 375 S. Shaffer St., Siler has converted the detached 1923 structure into his tiniest project to date.
The 256-square-foot house in search of a tenant will open to visitors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 8.
Admission is $5, with all proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society in honor of the home’s namesake and muse.
Siler dubbed it Ted’s Garage after his friend Ted Glasener, a retired engineer and longtime Orange resident who lost his battle to cancer last August. “When we were doing another project about a block and a half away from here, he and his little dog, Maddie, would stop by three times a day to check our progress; he just loved to see the construction,” Siler said. “And so, every morning we’d start out with Ted and Maddie.” He paused to fight back the tears. “They really became close friends, almost like father and son,” girlfriend Christina Martinez picked up. “When he got diagnosed with terminal cancer, Hugh decided to do something to show Ted how much we loved him even before he died and to show his family long after.”