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I have a "California cooler" in my kitchen. Can you tell me more about them?

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:10 AM
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I am interested in knowing more about California coolers and/or cooler pantries. My house was built in 1949. I have a pantry in my current kitchen that has a screened cut-out at the top of the cabinet box, which leads to the attic, and another screened cut-out above the raised foundation. These cut-outs are at the back of the cabinet box. The pantry is not on an exterior wall, but rather on an interior wall. The kitchen is on the northwest corner of the house, and does get the afternoon sun. I am going to be remodeling my kitchen soon. If this is a cooler pantry, I thought I should preserve it. However, I am replacing most of my cabinets. I also added AC to the house. If I keep the pantry, how could it be improved to work in a modern home?




 

 

I am interested in knowing more about California coolers and/or cooler pantries. My house was built in 1949. I have a pantry in my current kitchen that has a screened cut-out at the top of the cabinet box, which leads to the attic, and another screened cut-out above the raised foundation. These cut-outs are at the back of the cabinet box. The pantry is not on an exterior wall, but rather on an interior wall. The kitchen is on the northwest corner of the house, and does get the afternoon sun. I am going to be remodeling my kitchen soon. If this is a cooler pantry, I thought I should preserve it. However, I am replacing most of my cabinets. I also added AC to the house. If I keep the pantry, how could it be improved to work in a modern home?

Yes, I am almost certain that what you have is a California cooler, although yours sounds like it is slightly unusual.

Most California coolers are cupboards placed in the outside wall...



 

 

 
 
 

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