Kitchen renovation of 1890’s Philadelphia home

This 1890s home had already been renovated a few times in its history, transforming from a Victorian to a 1960s version of a French colonial to a 1980s modern. This time, the design looked to thoughtfully marry the old and new. Homage was paid to the Victorian origins by using an upstairs original mirror as the inspiration for the millwork and design detailing. The layout was reoriented to maximize an already open space for usefulness, and by changing the entry and exit flow, twice as much space is available for a modern kitchen and living space. The vintage Risom lounge chairs swivel to allow enjoyment of the kitchen and garden from the open room. 300 year old salvaged beams from a church in Philadelphia’s Frankford area were reclaimed to create the 12 foot long wood countertop.

Collaborators

Architecture and Design: Mindy O’Connor, Melinda Kelson O’Connor Design, LLC

General Contractor: McCoubrey /Overholser

Cabinetry and millwork: James Van Etten, Furniture by Design

Architectural Photography: Wendy Concannon Photography