1938 - the kitchens inside the three demonstration homes built by Peoples Gas Company in Galewood, Chicago.

 IN THREE exhibition homes recently opened in various sections of Chicago by the Peoples Gas Company, the progress made in kitchen planning during the past few years is amply demonstrated. Although the three kitchens as built and shown on these pages present the latest in planning and arrange- ment, the base dimensions and forms follow those of the average kitchen; careful design and the specification of modern equipment are responsible for their being pleasant and efficient rooms.

Bright, cheerful color is a feature of these kitchens. The attractiveness appeals instantly to housewives who spend a good portion of the day in this "workshop" room. The schemes for walls, floor covering and trim were carefully selected-one is done in harmonious shades of brown, the second in blues and the third in greens; bright contrasting color accents further set off the trim appearance of the equipment items.

Two kitchen views of the Peoples Gas Company demonstration home located in the Galewood section of Chicago. Upper illustration shows the inviting spot provided for daytime meals. The well lighted sink and work center appears in the lower view; an interesting feature is the tray storage space between stove and sink. The planning is the work of Architect T. Clifford Noonan, Chicago.

IN THE KITCHEN above, a bay window provides a cheerful space for a breakfast set. Directly opposite, as indicated in plan below, is the door to the dining room and to the right, a vestibule leads to the rear entrance. The "production line" starts with the refrigerator. Adjacent counters, which are again carried out to the left of the gas range and flanking the sink, aid the housewife in saving steps-saving time and energy both in preparing the meal, and serving it in the dining room. This kitchen and the two shown next offer numerous ideas to planners interested in the latest features which combine to give 1938 styling.


THE KITCHEN with the plan shown below fairly sparkles with the atmosphere of modern home efficiency. The sketch shows the room as viewed from the large east window. Here, in the strong morning light, a table is set for the meals of lesser importance. Again, the floor space is essentially the same as in thousands of kitchens. Preparation counters are arranged however to meet the line of travel toward the dining room at the left. The door at the rear gives direct access to the front hall and to the side entrance. This feature alone has been one of the most popular ideas ever developed into the design of small homes. The phantom lines show how the counter and upper cabinets are carried around to the east window. The low back splasher at the sink affords extra valuable window light.

BELOW, the popular "U" shape is applied to kitchen design. This kitchen as seen in the plan is divided into two distinct parts - kitchen and breakfast nook. The side entrance is at the right with a direct aisle to the dining room door at the left. It may be said that production starts here with the "tradesmen's entrance," followed in line by the refrigerator and around to the gas range which adjoins the dining room door. An extra large double window supplies light directly over the sink and is reflected by the smooth enamel surfaces of the cabinets.

THE "L" type plan of kitchen allows great working convenience; designed by Architect Elmer William Marx, Chicago. BELOW: "U" shaped plan offers compact arrangement of work center at one end of kitchen; designed by White and Weber, architects, Chicago.