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Someone's in the Kitchen
March 5, 2008 |
Post to the Host:
I have a very unusual house built in 1900. The kitchen is and always has been in the basement. I have done a title search and found the first title exchange listed Hermine B. Deragisch as the seller. Later research showed she was born in Austria and her husband Lea C. Deragisch was born in Switzerland. Their first American residence was in Springfield, Minnesota. In one Prarie Home Companion show I thought I heard Garrison say "the women went down to the kitchen". Was I hearing correctly and is there a style of house which has the kitchen in the basement?
The kitchen at Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church is in the basement and so is the dining hall and fellowship room. I'm not aware of any residence with a basement kitchen. Women would not tolerate that, I think, unless there were a good reason perhaps there'd be a summer kitchen down there, since it's cooler in the basement, or maybe a canning kitchen, but not your primary kitchen, which is a social center, and the basement is not where you'd want to take people to socialize. It has punitive connotations. Also an atmosphere of storage.