PDX Kitchen Revival Tour - Here Are Pictures
SWMBO and I toured almost all of the houses on the Portland Architectural Heritage Center's Kitchen Revival Tour today.
Prior discussion here: http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg0313121221117.html
It was very interesting, especially if you have an eye for vintage detail. What I mean is: some of the kitchens were beautifully restored and some were small and still needed some work. It is not a tour of expensive or showy kitchens. It is of kitchens interesting, in whole or in detail, from a vintage, period context. And it certainly is that. I saw some details I've never seen before.
I'll post some pictures next, but here is a thought on layout. In general, the layouts were not great. Most kitchens had only a single sink, boiling water would be carried across the room, work space was limited, counters and sinks were too low. Where the original kitchen survived for 90-100 years, I can understand leaving it alone. In the cases where the kitchen was being rescued from a prior remodel, I'd probably have tried to improve the functionality.
I'd say my favorite parts were the pivoting drawers, the library ladder, the two awesome ranges, and the black-edged tilework. You'll see what I mean in the succeeding posts.