Photos by Lincoln Barbour
This project was a kitchen remodel in one of our favorite buildings in town… the Alhambra Condominiums. Built in 1926, the building was designed by architect Otis Josselyn Fitch. It is an unusual building in that it is Mediterranean in style, but built entirely of board-formed concrete, which is left unadorned, with industrial steel windows.
The original kitchen was a narrow galley, with one window. In order to create the new kitchen we removed a wall between the old kitchen and an adjacent family room. We also opened up the connection between the kitchen and dining room with a large arched opening that lines up with the opening to the living room. In order to keep the family room function, we installed a comfortable sofa at one
end of the room, and a television hides behind cabinet doors. We designed the island in a style reminiscent of a traditional spanish table, but made it higher for counter use, and added storage and seating.
When we were first meeting with the client she walked us through the whole house, and when we complemented her on a beautiful glass-front cabinet in the bedroom she said she did love it, but had never found quite the right use for it. We suggested integrating it into the new kitchen, and it now lightens and adds interest to a long wall of storage.
The project manager for Alhambra Kitchen was JHID designer Em Shephard.