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The Sunburst Palms Kitchen

St. Charles Kitchen, installed in the early 1970’s.  Estimated cost at the time of installation $30,000.  The kitchen was in amazing condition when the current owners purchased the house.  The clients and H3K Design decided to keep the kitchen and give it a refresh with new Corian Quartz countertops and JennAir appliances.

History of St. Charles

Founded in 1935 St. Charles has been the most formidable source in the Kitchen Design Industry for 85 years and is currently owned by Karen Williams and Robert Schwartz. St. Charles New York (SCNY) has been installed in the Palace Hotel, the NY Governors Mansions and Martha Stewart’s personal and test kitchens, to name a few. Recent collaborations include top architectural and design firms as well as high-end general contractors, including Ferguson Shamamian Architects, Bunny Williams Interiors, Robert Stern Architects, Tony Ingrao Interiors, Haynes Roberts, Inc., Interior Management, Livingston Builders, and LeRoy Street Studio.

Timeline of St. Charles

2019 -

St. Charles New York launches its first ever kitchen collection. Drawing on Creative Director Karen Williams’ 40 years of experience at the company, the St. Charles offers a new kind of simplified, innovative luxury.

2019 -

St. Charles New York unveils a new brand identity with the launch of its new website announcing its first ever kitchen collection.

2008 -

Kitchen + Bath Business magazine declares the St. Charles New York showroom to be “the most beautiful kitchen showroom” and the “top design showroom to visit” in the United States.

1992 -

St. Charles is commissioned to design the kitchen at the New York Governor’s Mansion in Albany.

1972 -

St. Charles creates a new division servicing the hospitality and multi-unit residential segment. This division’s success was marked by the New York Palace Hotel selecting the Company to provide all 101 kitchens for its suites, duplexes and triplexes.

1967 -

Early in his career, Richard Meier specified a St. Charles kitchen in the stark-white, geometric Smith House in Darien, Connecticut, the project that would later propel his career as an architect.

1960 -

St. Charles New York opens its Manhattan showroom in the Architects & Designers Building.

1957 -

In a groundbreaking display at the National Association of Home Builders Show in Chicago, St. Charles ushers in the “kitchen furniture” era with floating cabinets.

1949 -

Mies van der Rohe specifies St. Charles in his glass Farnsworth House in Fox River Valley, Ill.—one of many architects to choose the brand for history-making homes.

1945 -

St. Charles introduces the first built-in cabinets for appliances such as under-counter ranges and wall ovens. In another first for the kitchen industry, it begins offering color as a standard feature three years later.

1941 to 1945 -

Like most steel manufacturers across the nation, St. Charles halted its cabinetry production to serve the nation’s defense needs during World War II. It was among just 5 percent of all war plants across the country whose excellence was recognized with the Army-Navy “E” Award—and St. Charles received four of them. Excellence in quality and quantity of production were two of the determining factors in granting this prestigious award.

1936 -

Frank Lloyd Wright selects St. Charles for the kitchen at the iconic Falling Water house in Mill Run, PA.

1935 -

The St. Charles Manufacturing Company is founded in St. Charles, Illinois with a commitment to deliver quality, long lasting enameled steel cabinetry.

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