Sunday Stills: The Urban Focus in the Early 1930’s

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.

The Swan House, Atlanta, GA Docent for the Kitchen Areas

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 Kitchen at the Swan House, Atlanta, GA

Another view…….

The Kitchen at the Swan House, Atlanta, GA

The main sink and clean up room looked like this……. Over the sink is a selection of buttons to answer calls from other floors……..

The Kitchen at the Swan House, Atlanta, GA

A closer look…..

Swan House, Atlanta, GA

Another section of cabinets for the finer dishes………

The Kitchen at the Swan House, Atlanta, GA

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!

The Kitchen at the Swan House, Atlanta, GA

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 Kitchen at the Swan House, Atlanta, GA

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……

The Kitchen at the Swan House, Atlanta, GA

A quick wash up area………

The Kitchen at the Swan House, Atlanta, GA

and last but not least, a warming tray…..very fancy!

The Kitchen at the Swan House, Atlanta, GA

I hope you have enjoyed my 1920’s “Urban” today……to learn more about the Swan House look here and here…….

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Sue says:

    Oh, this is brilliant!


  2. Toonsarah says:

    What a fascinating place to visit! I always like to see ‘below stairs’ in grand houses but most of the ones I’ve been too are older than this, so it was interesting to see how modern gadgets were starting to appear by the 1920s 🙂


  3. This is very cool to see, Cady, thanks for the “urban” tour of the kitchen! As Sarah says, yes, it is interesting to see the latest in kitchen technology. Having recently been watching Downton Abbey on Netflix, these types of kitchen areas were designed for servants, and I’m sure it was great to work there in the 1920s-30s. Glad you could link up. Please be sure to link to my actual posts so I can be sure to see your link!


  4. Fascinating. I love all the cabinets in the kitchen. When I was very young, we lived in a house that had been my great-grandparents and it had a pantry filled with cabinets. How useful!



  5. Jo Shafer says:

    I used to served as historian/docent at Gilbert House, a turn-of-the-century (1890s-1900s) farmhouse here in Yakima. Mrs. Gilbert had always insisted on the latest equipment for the house, especially her kitchen, so the electric “ice box” and double decker stove are quite familiar to me. The house museum did not own a pressure cooker, but the one at Swan House looks a bit like my Mother’s. I think hers was shorter, however. One time it blew it’s jibber top and spewed food all over the ceiling. Whooey!


  6. Alison says:

    They must have been very wealthy, I wonder what happened to them. The kitchen looks a dream


    1. I imagine some of that family still lives in Atlanta. I know their children lived there and as wealthy as they were and SOUTHERNERS, I don’t expect they gave up that lifestyle!


      1. Alison says:

        I’m sure the wealth has ran out by now, they say it takes three generations!


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