The Cross House
I would like to vent.
And beg your indulgence.
You see, I want to scream every time I see a fabulous old kitchen torn out. This is usually done for two reasons:
- Owner wants a modern kitchen.
- Owner wants a period-correct kitchen.
And here is what bugs me: Both are, 99.9% of the time, the same thing.
Most people will read the above and think: Huh?
But I can explain.
Almost nobody actually installs a period-correct kitchen in a, say, house built in 1900. Like nobody.
What 99.9% of people want, and install, is a MODERN kitchen. The only difference is:
OPTION #1: The kitchen will be modernistic in style
OPTION #2: The kitchen will be traditional in style.
No matter the surface style though, both #1 and #2 will be a MODERN kitchen.
A modern kitchen has built-in cabinets. The more the better. A Victorian-era kitchen had essentially no built-in cabinets.
A modern kitchen has a TON of counter space. A Victorian-era kitchen had little counter space.
A modern kitchen has every possible appliance. A Victorian-era kitchen had few.
A modern kitchen has a ton of lighting. A Victorian-era kitchen was wildly under lighted by today’s standards.
A modern kitchen often has elaborate crown molding. A Victorian-era kitchen did not have crown moulding. Nor wallpaper. Nor a fancy floor.
A modern kitchen has a lot going on, visually. A Victorian-era kitchen is plain.
A few years ago the fabulous RetroRenovation did a story which broke my heart.
A breathtaking, mint, 1950s kitchen was ripped out by a new owner.
Because the new owner wanted a period kitchen to go with her Victorian-era house.
The removal of the 1950s kitchen was a tragedy for two reasons:
- The kitchen WAS a period kitchen.
- The new kitchen would almost certainly NOT be period-correct. Rather it would be a wholly MODERN kitchen but done in a tradition style. The new kitchen would look NOTHING like a Victorian-era kitchen.
In short, something authentically period was destroyed for something faux period. Something which would look dated in a decade.
I am madly in love with everything about this period kitchen. It was built at great expense, and was obviously loved for five decades. It was in MINT condition. It came with a full back story, and the realtor selling the house was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Davis.
Geez. It just don’t get any better.
Yet, this period treasure, and I mean treasure, was torn out and replaced because the new owner wanted a “period” kitchen.
But almost certainly installed no such thing.