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Report on the Montclair Kitchen Tour

What a cool event! You really should check it out on the next go around.

It's almost like an open house, but without the stuffiness and awkwardness of it. And, with the Kitchen Tour you are shown around by the owners, who really give you the sense of the house/kitchen and give you its true value. Colored with sentiment, yes, but when you buy a house, you should buy it with its stories and histories, not to gut it out and turn into something completely unrecognizable. But, I digress.

Here is a great photo of Joyce Hussa, who is a member of the Montclair Historical Society Education Department, and Sam Flood, a volunteer. Joyce was cooking up something delicious over an open hearth for the many guests coming through the Israel Crane House. Sam gave me a guided tour of the Israel Crane House with the side of history lesson on the Township and tax law. Did you know that closets were taxed as additional rooms up until the last century? This is why all the old houses have very few, if any closets. And in you happen to have one, it means that the original builder was very well to do. Great tidbit of information.

One of the other notables on the Kitchen Tour was the kitchen at 159 Upper Mountain. The house is known as White Tulips, after the tulip beds that used to be on the grounds. Their kitchen was installed in 1950, and it is fascinating, from the tiles, to the linoleum, to the baking center with a marble counter and built in flour and sugar sifters, to the recipe drawers, to the vertical drawers for hanging utensils - simply amazing. Even the gas range is original. Here is a look inside.

The attention to detail and quality of workmanship is unsurpassed. The current owners are hoping that any future owner will love this kitchen as much as they do.

At the conclusion of the event, both hosts and the tourists gathered at the Charles Shultz House for cookies and some cold ice tea to talk about their impressions and gossip about what is going on in Town. Yup, the spring is here.


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