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An update to the kitchen was part of the Duke’s 1920s renovation, including adding the white ceramic subway tiles and large humidor for Mr. Duke’s cigars. Doris Duke upgraded the appliances, including the Vulcan range, in 1981. Two polished oak and brass iceboxes installed during the 1920s renovation, one here and one in the pantry, were updated with mechanical cooling systems in 1958.
Cigar storage case
The Wilke Manufacturing Company also made refrigerators around the turn of the twentieth century that were covered in porcelain tiles, just as on this freestanding cigar case, which was installed in the kitchen by James Buchanan Duke when renovating Rough Point in 1922.