Tuesday, May 3, 2011
In Hosford-Abernethy, My Second Bungalow. Architectural Heritage Center Kitchen Revival Tour XIII, April 16, 2011
I took this photo from the driver's window of my Zipcar, after I had been inside enjoying another fine kitchen.
From the descriptive booklet: Taking a most unusual approach to their project, the owners chose to restore their kitchen back to period. Their goal was not a "period inspired" look, but to actually recreate how the kitchen could have appeared when the home was built in 1909. Before the 1920's built-in kitchen cabinetry was rare. Instead, kitchen furniture, such as Hoosiers, baker's tables, hutches, and large cast iron sinks were often used. Plumbing was frequently left exposed--sometimes because the plumbing was brought into an existing home--but also to keep air circulating around the pipes. In the early 20th century, it was thought that condensation on pipes might allow germs to grown. The air circulation also kept the pipes from freezing.
The owners were lucky that previous remodels hadn't completely altered the original layout of the kitchen and somehow the large china cabinet had survived. All the woodwork is original, with the exception of the wainscoting along the sink wall. The wall mounted sink is period appropriate, as are the Hoosier and the enamel-topped cabinet. The new Marmoleum plant flooring is stylistically similar to design trends from 1909. The wall-mounted shelves are new, but are constructed of local fir and mail order brackets, just like in the old days.
A couple more photos of the bungalow.
Come back tomorrow for my favorite house on the tour!