Poggenpohl kitchen cabinets from 1978 — so beautiful — hooray for 1970s kitchens when they look like this one! I don’t know much about the brand, but suspect that they were top-of-the-line — like many of the other features inside the top-of-the-line 1979 time capsule house for sale in Sturgis, Mich., that we first featured last week. Reader Alan emailed me after spotting these Poggenpohls in my first story about this house.
I enjoy seeing your posts each week. This week was not exception. I was tickled to see the Sturgis time capsule house and delighted to see the kitchen with classic Poggenpohl cabinets. Last year I was fortunate to acquire a set of these cabinets to install in my 1972 raised ranch in Baltimore.
My house and I are midcentury wanttobes. The other houses on my street are true midcentury houses…mine not so much.
Thanks for inspiring and entertaining me each week.
You’re very welcome, Alan — and thank YOU for identifying these cabinets! And of course, we’d love to see the Poggenpohls you salvaged when they get installed in your kitchen!
I tend to think that in the 1970s, the quality of many materials and products manufactured for use in our homes started to diminish significantly, as manufacturers turned to lower-priced materials, production methods and just plain ole despicable “planned obsolescence.” The 1970s were real boom years in terms of housing construction, including multi-family units, in the U.S. Could be: Manufacturers (1) really needed to crank stuff out, (2) they could scrimp on quality because demand was so great, and (3) consumers didn’t fuss about quality as much because they were so much wealthier than before World War II or the first few decades thereafter, when material availability was still constrained.
But, these Poggenpohl kitchen cabinets — which seem to have been made in Germany — likely were built to last — as I said: high-end.
Other name brands from the 1980s and into the 1990s that I remember as being up-market were: Smallbone… Wood-Mode… and of course, St. Charles continued in business into the early 2000s.
- Kohler Habitat Masterbath Environmental Enclosure in this house.
- Complete original story — 34 photos
- House listing
- Thanks to Next Door Photos – Michiana for the great photography!