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The Ridgefield Kitchen Tour celebrates 300 years of kitchens

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A kitchen designed by Olga Adler on the Ridgefield Kitchen Tour
This Year marks the 300th anniversary of Ridgefield and therefore, 300 years worth of Kitchens to celebrate as well. On Friday, May 16, Ridgefield homeowners will open their doors from 10am to 2pm welcoming in homes that range from one of the oldest structures in Ridgefield to one of the newest ones.

A special Patron Breakfast at 8 a.m. at a home—open only to patron ticket and prepared by Bernard’s features their world famous asparagus and goat cheese frittata, among other goodies. The tour begins at 10am.

One of the oldest structures in Ridgefield, built around 1710, was originally designed as the trading post in Ridgefield. The gambrel-roofed colonial called “Tuppence” for the two pence that would have been paid for goods, originally stood where the Gap currently resides. As Main Street developed into more of a commercial district, the structure was moved to its current location south of the fountain in 1948 by Mrs. Mary Olcott, who was concerned about its preservation. Current owners Gary and Susie Singer bought the home in the late 1970s and have painstakingly restored the details of the period. Bailey Avenue Kitchens was dedicated to keeping the kitchen authentic while offering all of the up to date amenities.

The second house on the tour takes us into the turn of the century with a true Victorian on Main Street. Originally built as a summer cottage, it was part of a trio of homes built on this part of Main Street by three brothers. The twins who owned two of the houses built their homes to be identical—until they had a falling out, at which point each took distinguishing steps. The kitchen and adjoining family room of this home were added to the original part of the house/builder by prominent local architect Neil Hicks. The open and airy spaces feel as if they have been part of the house from its inception. Decorative period touches such as the detailed transom window above the eat-in area are some the features that distinguish this Main Street home. Northeast Cabinets Design, Inc. meticulously captured the periodic feel while adding the beauty and convenience of a modern kitchen.

Although the next house brings us into the 1950s, this unassuming Cape Cod style home is rich with the histories of both our 300-year old town, as well as the family of the homeowners. This house sits on the property of what used to be the original Ridgefield Fairgrounds. Initially bought by the current owner’s parents, it was part of a larger estate, which originally included the house to the left and up the hill, which is where the parents now live, as well as the property on the other side. This unique and welcoming home has a long story to tell, and you can’t help but want to experience every detail as you enter inside and directly into the bright and open kitchen and family area.

Moving forward to a 1970’s colonial this home is designed throughout by homeowner and interior decorator Olga Adler of Olga Adler interiors, this eclectic home beautifully reflects the Asian inspired décor and variety of collectibles resulting from years of world travel. As Olga is originally from Europe, the blend of many different styles and influences combine the charm and elegance of exotic locales with the practicality of living in Ridgefield. The result is a home with a truly organic feel and a window into various cultures, many of which are a world away. The kitchen is filled with bright color as well as an unusual bamboo motif.

Most people look through books to help them design their new kitchen. The homeowner of our 1980’s home wrote one. Carolina Fernandez researched forty-five kitchens for her soon to be released book “Country French Kitchens,” which features twenty-six of her finds, and therefore knew exactly what she wanted in her own kitchen when it was time to renovate. Walking into this Kitchen will make you feel as if you’ve taken off to the French countryside.

The final home was built in the year 2000 with all of the character of a home that’s been around forever. The Kitchen, designed and built by Putnam Kitchens, is exquisite in detail design.

Tour booklets (tickets: $85 includes patron breakfast; $40 tour only) are available at Squash’s Ridgefield Office Supply on Main Street, Ridgefield Supply Company on Prospect Street or by calling (203) 645-3259.

Proceeds from the tour will benefit EJ’s House, Maimonides Academy of Western Connecticut, ROAR and The Ridgefield Community Center.

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