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When James B. Duke bought Rough Point and commissioned a thorough renovation, a state-of-the-art kitchen of the 1920s was added. The white ceramic subway tiles and uncluttered surfaces emphasized cleanliness; tools and utensils were kept readily available. Several decades later, Doris Duke made a few changes to the old design, painting the trim dark blue and replacing the 1920s cork flooring with white and black tile. The general form has remained the same to this day with one major exception: where there is now an iron grate in the wall over the fireplace, there used to be an outlet for the exhaust of a large coal range. The commercial grade Vulcan range that you see here now was purchased in 1981. Otherwise, the kitchen is rather modest, set up to handle daily dining and the frequent small dinner groups that were Doris Duke's preferred style of entertaining.

Two polished oak and brass ice boxes installed during the 1920s renovation, one here and one in the pantry, were updated with mechanical cooling systems in 1958. Another early appliance that survives is the large white-tiled humidor fittingly placed by James Duke, who loved cigars and kept an ample supply on hand, stored at just the right temperature.

Cigar storage case

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