I don’t think I have ever been in a house that doesn’t have a dining room. In my own house, built in 1922, it is the central and most elaborated space in the whole structure. In light of the source article, it is interesting that this is so, as my wife and I believe our house was a Sears and Roebuck catalog piece.
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My hometown, Hopewe)l, has many Sears catalog homes. It was a popular concept at the time and most styles are quite charming. I can’t really say that the dining room was ever the central room of the house but certainly well adorned with China cabinets, paintings, nice table and chairs, etc. Interesting that in colonial times in many houses, like in Monticello, the dining room table was broken down and stored until dinner then stored again as the space became more of a social room.
In our half century of marriage we have shuffled a complete dining room set about 8 times: table, chairs, sideboard, buffet, corner cabinet and all the serving pieces. And if we used the stuff more than 5 times a year it was pretty unusual. But, we obviously had to have a dining room in each house…or so it seemed.
It has been a case of finding homes for our dining set instead of furnishing a new home from scratch. Old school thinking. Or the fine line between tradition and obstinance.
In today’s minimalist world among the younger generations we can hardly give the stuff away. So our heirs and relatives will have to deal with this, one way or another.
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