The White House family kitchen: Jackie Kennedy had Geneva metal cabinets!


This photo (part of HABS collection) of the White House family kitchen is from 1992…but if you jump onto this White House Museum page, you can see the kitchen when it was first installed in the private family quarters area by and for Jackie Kennedy. And glory be, it sure looks like her cabinets were Geneva’s. I can tell by the cabinet pulls  — you can just barely see that they have the white plastic recess piece that gets hard and cracked and discolored and is in great demand by retro renovators today.  There’s also a cool photo of Gerald Ford with a harvest gold stove in the background — but by then, the steel cabinets were out, and wood cabinets were in. Hey, where have we heard that story before. Before the Kennedys converted the space to a kitchen, the room had been a guest room and bedroom. The Clintons converted it to a family room.  (Photo: Historic American Buildings Survey/HABS.)

  1. Ed says:

    Hmm… I don’t know if I believe you… I mean, c’mon – a “cool” photo of Gerald Ford? 😉 😀

  2. Kate H says:

    Oh my word, I have Margaret Truman’s bedroom furniture. Along with everyone else who bought furniture in the 50s and 60s. Who else has this set? Mine was originally in gold, and came with the following: bed, dresser, dressing table and bench, two night stands and a side chair. Luckily we lived in a ranch and the rooms were big enough to hold it.

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