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Volume 2, Issue 1, June 6, 2007


Fremont Interiors and the IndianaGovernor's Residence Renovation

Riverside Construction Services, Inc.

Built in 1928, the Governor’s Residence has a unique place in Indiana’s history. It has served as a home for five Governors of the State of Indiana while hosting many meetings and receptions for some of Indiana’s leading businesses and organizations. However, due to its age the Governor’s Residence needed to be renovated and updated. Many contractors, in true Hoosier fashion generously donated time and expertise to do the much needed updates, saving taxpayers millions of dollars in the process. AWI-Ohio Valley Chapter’s own Fremont Interiors was instrumental in the main and guest house kitchen renovations.

The Residential Kitchen

The design concept of this kitchen combines the timeless elegance of the late 1920s English Tudor style, as well as the function and amenities of today’s homes. The style is elegant and stately with English influences and 1920s Hoosier flare.

Residential Kitchen

The furniture style details give the kitchen its opulence. The cabinetry also features the use of burl veneers to add focal points to areas of the kitchen, including above the range and on the columns. Stained glass, provided by Fox Studios, adorns each side of the range and hood, showcasing an important design element of English style mixed with Indiana history. The designs include the state bird, flower, tree, & state flag symbol. The same English glass is used in the butler’s pantry to carry the theme throughout.

The kitchen also features a variety of amenities for today’s chef, including a 42” wide refrigerator, a standard wall oven with convection microwave above, 36” wide range, a full dishwasher near the three bowl sink, a warming drawer, and a small prep sink. The butler’s pantry also holds an undercounter beverage and wine refrigerator and another warming drawer.

The cabinetry will house the Fremont standard custom details, such as a lazy susan, dovetailed drawer boxes, finished interiors on exposed cabinetry, full overlay doors and concealed hinges, roll-out trays, cutlery dividers, adjustable shelving, light rail to conceal undercabinet lighting, crown and base moulding, and full extension drawer guides.

The kitchen and butler’s pantry reflect times of past and amenities of present. The style and elegance of a 1928 English Tudor stately home intermixed with top of the line appliances, fixtures, and finishes. The timeless ambience, astute functionality, and steadfast durability make this concept sure to stand the test of time.

The Guest House Kitchen

The guest house at the Governor’s Residence reflects the architectural style of the main house on a smaller scale. The guest house serves as a small residence for visitors to enjoy when in town to meet with the Governor, which makes comfort a high priority.

The typical guest house or guest quarter’s of the time received the same opulent materials and treatments as the main residence, because it was an extension of the home, therefore it must be of the same standards. The typical kitchen of the 1920s usually contained built-in cabinets painted white or a light color to make the space appear larger.

Guest House Kitchen

The design concept of the guest house kitchen acts as a reflection of the main kitchen using details in a similar fashion. The style is still elegant; however it is a bit more casual. The cabinetry is constructed of maple and poplar and is painted with a creamy finish. The door style is a recessed panel staying with the traditional simplicity of the home. The countertops are of today’s material with a touch of the past. They are Cambria, a man-made quartz product similar in characteristic to granite, made in the United States and fabricated locally.

The guest house kitchen may be small in size, but it is big on style. Quaint, cozy, and serene this kitchen is an enjoyable, functional space fit for any guest of the Governor.

Northland Corporation
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