Following on the heels of last year's successful Kitchen Tour, KBDC is making plans for the 2019 Kitchen Tour, creating a new partnership with the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington. This unique collaboration was brought about by KBDC Owner Lorey Cavanagh and her identification with the fascinating story of Hill-Stead’s visionary and architect, Theodate Pope-Riddle. As a woman in the male dominated field of construction, Theodate Pope-Riddle’s trailblazing journey as the first licensed female architect in Connecticut resonates with her.

Black and White photograph of Theodate Pope-Riddle, Architect of Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT.Black and White photograph of Theodate Pope-Riddle, Architect of Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT.
Theodate Pope-Riddle, first liscensed female Architect in Connecticut and visionary of the Hill-Stead Museum.

“Her story is fascinating!” comments Cavanaugh, “There are few women architects now, and there were even fewer in the early part of the 20th century. As a woman in the construction field, I can totally relate to her trials and tribulations. Women in both architecture and construction are still under represented. Additionally, in the field as a whole, we’re really beginning to face a shortage of quality tradespeople, both male and female, and the fact that young women are not considering or being directed to these professions is a disservice to both. I’m excited to be featuring our work, created by women, and support an organization like the Hill-Stead, that was pioneered by a woman. We have been met with nothing but enthusiasm from the Hill-Stead Museum and I can foresee many successful kitchen tours in the future.”

“We are thrilled that Theodate Pope-Riddle’s contribution and place in history is being recognized by Lorey and her company at Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction,” says Hill-Stead Museum Director of Development, Susan Orred. “We strive to make Theodate’s story an example for young women today heading toward STEAM careers.”

The 2019 Kitchen Tour will showcase a variety of original kitchen styles designed by Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction with each stop featuring a special guest or event. All ticket sale proceeds will benefit the Hill-Stead Museum and its mission of making this exceptional house and collections accessible to the public. For the first time, this year’s self-guided kitchen tour will be held on a Sunday, September 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  More details will be revealed as they become available so be sure to visit our website often.