Monday, January 11, 2010

in the kitchen


Some time between 8:00 and 9:00 this morning, I managed to lose the USB cable to my new camera. Never fear, there is a new one already headed toward my mailbox. However, it does mean that today's intended post is trapped on my camera for the near future.

So...in the mean time, I thought we might talk kitchens. You know, the historic sort. The sort that make you cringe at the thought of producing even a simple cup of tea (much less a Christmas pie for 40). Last night, fueled by several bottles of wine and a copious selection of cheeses, a small group of revelers found themselves cursing Frank Lloyd Wright for his horribly impractical kitchens. At least his, for the most part, had convection ovens and refrigerators. Historic kitchens are a rare breed, so often lost to time (or the ubiquitous museum gift shop). Those at Mount Vernon are relatively intact and lovingly restored (see above). This past year, I have also seen great kitchens at Tudor Place, Poplar Forest, Stratford Hall, Ten Chimneys, Hillwood, the Cappon House, and the Hammond-Harwood House ~ all part of a growing trend to save and preserve these often-overlooked spaces.

5 comments:

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Oh I missed the FLW bashing! DRAT! I would have loved to join in :-) But I get tired, as you know, and am not a late night partier: first to bed!

Gretchen said...

Delish! Sorry to have missed the festivities. You know I love talking kitchens...

pve design said...

One of my most favorite kitchens in the world is a stones throw from my home- Historic Sunnyside, the home of Washington Irving. He desived a system to bring water in - everytime I visit, I admire the setting, the stories and the kitchen. Hope you will come and see it. Happy to be your tour guide of the Historic Hudson Valley.
pve

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

I have an acquaintance who lives in a Wright house in Madison and so I've seen one of Frank's kitchens up close. Not really intended for cooking it would seem. But Ten Chimneys, now there is a great kitchen. Do you have the cookbook?

Janet said...

AD & G ~ you two should have been there!

pve ~ I am hoping (planning) to to a Hudson Valley trip this summer. Would love to pal around old houses with you!

Ms. Wis. ~ looooooved the TC kitchens. You could really work in there. I don't have the cookbook, but I did have a chance to peruse some of the Lunts own cookbooks (including Julia Childs' Mastering the Art of French Cooking).