The Kitchen/Dining Room


The kitchen and dining area were the heart of the home. From 1900 to 1920 kitchens began to change, and by the 1930s were looking more like today’s modern kitchen. There was more storage and work space with a focus on efficiency.  At the 1929 Women’s Exposition, Lillian Gilbreth, an engineer and psychologist, introduced the concept of the “work triangle” which guides kitchen design today.  Compare this “modern” kitchen with the 1870s' food preparation area in the Joy Cabin.  Where would you rather prepare a family meal?

Click on the links below to learn more about the kitchen and life in the 1930s.