Kitchen and Pantry
The linoleum floors and Geneva steel cabinets in this model of mid-century design are the first sign that Marjorie Post put aside her preference for French 18th-century style in favor of modern-day convenience.
Whether for intimate dinners or large garden parties, the staff of thirty to thirty-five people (including three cooks) at Hillwood were fully equipped to prepare and serve Washington's most memorable meals. Today, what were once described as "up-to-the-minute" appliances, including multiple Hobart standing mixers, a Globe Gravity Feed meat slicer, an Oster Touch-a-Matic combination can opener and juicer, and a 55-cup capacity West Bend coffee percolator still line the heavy-duty stainless steel counters of this once working kitchen.
The large state-of-the-art appliances include a nine-burner Magic Chef stove and an enormous Sta-Kold freezer--a nod to Post's frozen foods heritage.
Carefully designed at every level, the kitchen's close location to the Dining Room allowed meals to be delivered quickly and efficiently.
Every feature to ensure ease-of-use for her staff was included in this entertaining staging area. Modern green Geneva steel cabinets that once stored Post's most used, everyday services, line the walls of the Pantry, while a dumbwaiter nearby was used, not to transport food, but to bring up the more precious porcelain and glass from basement storage. Across the aisle is a walk-in safe where the silver was stored. And look closely, even timers built in to the cabinets were included to make efficiency a priority. Luxuries such as these allowed Post to be one of the most distinguished hostesses in Washington, D.C.