Vintage Youngstown Kitchen Steel Cabinets Return to the Valley
A collection of pristine Youngstown Kitchen cabinets will be exhibited at the Tyler History Center, starting Saturday, January 30.
Last fall, through the power of social media, the Mahoning Valley Historical Society received a donation to purchase a set of mostly unused, new old stock Youngstown Kitchen porcelain steel cabinets and countertops. The cabinets were ordered in 1948 for a kitchen installation that was never completed, and were sitting, still in their shipping boxes, in a home in California. After a blog post on the site www.retrorenovation.com, the seller was bombarded with offers, and was thrilled when the Historical Society showed an interest.
The Historical Society received the generous gift from Michael and Jeanette Garvey, owners of M-7 Technologies in Youngstown. They made the donation in memory of the late George Whitlock, who was President of Mullins Manufacturing Company of Warren, which made the Youngstown Kitchen brand of steel cabinets. The Garvey family were Mr. Whitlock’s next-door neighbors in Warren when Michael Garvey was growing up.
Ben Casado, the seller in Galt, California, built custom crates for all of the components in the kitchen cabinet set. The crates arrived in Warren in late-December, through coordination of shipping by the management and staff of B. J. Alan Company, and Historical Society Board member Scott Zoldan.
The cabinets will be installed temporarily in a preview exhibit in the first floor Drs. Thomas and Maria Fok Exhibit Gallery at the Tyler History Center, beginning Saturday, January 30. The Tyler History Center is open to the public Tuesday-Sunday from Noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors (over 60) and college students, and $2 for children. Admission also covers a same-day visit to the Arms Family Museum on Wick Avenue, which will reopen on Saturday, January 30.