For Sunday’s Still’s theme today of “Urban,” we’re going “below stairs” to the kitchen at the The Swan House, built by the Inman family of Atlanta, Georgia from 1924 to 1928. This is extreme wealth and what it could purchase……..and was the ideal of Urban living. I would say the Inman’s probably never went to this kitchen after that initial inspection, but it also would have been a dream for anyone who worked in the kitchen at that time. Leading the way, on this part of the tour, was a docent, who portrayed one of the many servants at that time that worked for the Inman family. I want to add that all the docents never left character and their mannerisms and speech was truly as it would have have been in the 1920’s.
Philip Trammel Shutze, the architect for Swan House also guided Mrs Inman in the design and furnishings for the interior of the home. His signature color at the time, was this shade of Robin’s Egg Blue and Mrs Inman decided to choose it for her kitchen areas. Let’s take a peek at all the very modern amenities…….. There were lots of cabinets for everyday dishes…..but notice the electric refrigerator? More on that a few sentences down……. This very large appliance must have cost a fortune and only the very wealthy folks would have had one!
The main sink and clean up room looked like this……. Over the sink is a selection of buttons to answer calls from other floors……..
A closer look…..
Another section of cabinets for the finer dishes………
The first ever electric refrigerator was invented by General Electric in 1927, costing around $520 dollars for this small “Monitor-Top” appliance. That is roughly over $7,000 today! The pressure cooker looks like a mobster! Most of those packages and tins, used for cooking, are still made in the US and used today…… We’ve come a long way in coffee pots!
There certainly was a giant vent over the stove! The stove was a 6300 Magic Chef, porcelain, four-burner gas stove. They were made around 1930 and were advertised as “Quick Meals” Stoves. I liked the light bulb over the cook top!
The very nice thing, in addition to the wonderful modern appliances of the time, would have been the very large kitchen with lots of windows and light……
A quick wash up area………
and last but not least, a warming tray…..very fancy!
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