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Oh Those Revival Kitchens!

Like this one in a Prairie house in St. Paul, Minnesota, today’s Arts & Crafts Revival kitchens are all about bringing fine materials and details into a room that has become the center of the home.
Revival kitchen

Designed by architect Joe Metzler of SALA Architects (, this kitchen is in an addition to a Prairie house. The room has work stations, like those in a commercial kitchen; as a result, the large space is organized and cozy. Photo by Christian Korab.

Revival-style kitchen

If this new kitchen looks more like a throwback, it’s because salvaged woodwork, hardware, and even glass wall tiles from the owner’s grandmother’s (now-demolished) home were incorporated.

Hiller kitchen cabinets

Cabinet design and fabrication by Nancy Hiller: 

Revival Kitchen Design

A kitchen designed for accessibility and ease of use was part of an addition that included a mudroom and large dining deck, for an early stone ranch house in Kansas.

Kitchen with woodwork

Wide aisles, multiple counter heights, hands-free faucets, and more make this period-inspired kitchen fully functional for all.

Revival Kitchen

Only a Revival kitchen would so exuberantly embrace the design vocabulary of a past master: Charles Rennie Mackintosh. A coterie of today’s best artisans worked on the project.

kitchen with white cabinets

The kitchen is a 1921 American Foursquare house in West Virginia.

Revival-style kitchen

In a Massachusetts kitchen for a ca. 1910 house, the designers eschewed reproduction in favor of organic, site-specific design and fine craftsmanship.

revial kitchen cabinets

The kitchen island is a room divider and base for load-bearing columns. (Henry Stone Builders, Washington, MA and John Everdell Design/Build, Medford, MA.)

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