Centrally positioned on the second floor of a three-story plan, this kitchen literally lies at the heart of an architecturally significant home in Evanston’s historic district. But by historic, we don’t mean turn-of-the-century bungalow or Victorian. Designed by Richard Whitaker, one of the original creators of Sea Ranch in California, the house is a fine specimen of 1960s modernism.

Owners Aaron Wilson and Susan Patenaude (both architects themselves) were careful to preserve the spirit and simplicity of the original design in a recent renovation, as well as its boldness, albeit with a fresh twist.

Papaya yellow lacquer cabinets make a hip and flavorful statement in the industrial-grade kitchen and are paired confidently with a stainless peninsula and suspended range hood. Organic counterbalances to these hard, flat planes are found in the existing diagonal white oak flooring, monumental scale potato artwork, and the home’s weathered exterior cedar cladding.

From the inside, the vibrant space feels invigorating and clean. From the outside, it creates a warm and softly welcoming light-box effect—particularly at night, when the kitchen appears to glow from within.

Entrant/Builder/Architect/ Kitchen designer:Arclinea Chicago LLC, Chicago

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