A 1868 Greek Revival Kitchen

Never out of style…that can be said of Windsor chairs or a blue-and-white color scheme—and of this recent kitchen in an 1868 Greek Revival house.

Traditional elements include the restrained cabinets, beadboard and turned legs on the island, and Windsor chairs.

This old house in town on Nantucket was built in a vernacular style, gable front to the street. Its façade is intact, but inside, the vacation house had been renovated and updated many times. Today’s owner redid the kitchen using a neoclassical vocabulary with a country accent. Neither reproduction nor hidden away, the kitchen fits the house beautifully.

Working with preservation architect Paul Alden Curtis of Boston, the homeowner created a seamless transition from the rest of the house by keeping the original windows and old flooring. Yet the room has a practical layout and modern appliances. Traditional elements include the restrained cabinets, beadboard and turned legs on the island, and Windsor chairs. Then there’s the historical, still coveted blue-and-white scheme, cued by the owner’s collection of Canton porcelain.

The scheme is held together by unique blue-green granite countertops, a highlight amidst white cabinets, along with the printed window fabric (robertkaufman.com) and a new color for the old Windsor chairs, which used to be painted black.



Tags: greek revival kitchens OHJ OHJ September 2015 Old-House Journal

By Patricia Poore

Patricia Poore is Editor-in-chief of Old-House Journal and Arts & Crafts Homes, as well as editorial director at Active Interest Media’s Home Group, overseeing New Old House, Traditional Building, and special-interest publications. 

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