Friday, November 14, 2008

An unmolested 1920s kitchen

1920s Kitchen

1920s Kitchen

The thing about duplexes, as with many rental properties, is that the owners generally don't update anything unless they absolutely have to. This can be both good and bad.

This kitchen was in a 1920s Tudor Revival duplex, on Windsor, in Shaker Heights. The area around the sink seems to be virtually unchanged. The massive hood for the stove is just out of frame, to the right, though it has had some shelving added around it. The refrigerator nook remains, out in the hall. The second built in, which would have been easier to remove, has, surprisingly, remained. The small cabinet on the wall used to house an ironing board - in the other unit, on the second floor, the board is still there.

6 comments:

Jason said...

It kills me that there's a 50-50 shot the next owners will rip those wonderful old hardwood cabinets out the first chance they get and replace them with ugly crap from Home Depot.

Kurt said...

I've lived in quite a few pre-war rentals that had older kitchens and I still don't understand why people say they are not functional or don't fit our lifestyles today. That kitchen is beautiful.

Ranty said...

Wow!!! I am jealous.

Anna said...

I love that kitchen! I'm always astonished how "modern" furniture from that time still seems today!

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

Jason,

Maybe, but I don't think so. The house was definitely priced at the very lower end of the price range for this city. I bet it'll probably be a first house for someone without much money and therefore ability to change it much. They'll grow to appreciate the beauty and look for more of it in their next house.

Kurt,

True, but there are some issues that, if improved, would make the space a lot more usable. More light would brighten it up immensely. The massive hood for the stove is still present, large and hanging far too low for the comfort of most cooks today. The idea of the refrigerator being in a separate (if adjoining) room might be a turn off for some - one would probably do well to remove the door separating them. Finally, the lack of counter space would need to be addressed. These minor improvements are not always obvious to tenants who have not had the benefit of the amount of time either of us have spent researching such properties.

Ranty,

I'm not sure how much it sold for, as I cannot remember the address. It was listed at about $69,000 when we saw it, so I expect it probably sold in the high 50s or low 60s. There are similar properties available at similar price points - nothing nearly as fancy as what you have, though.

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