Psychedelic kitchen where Ebony Magazine tested recipes looking for new home

A preservation group is looking for someone who can reassemble the room “for educational display or use”

Chicago /
Feb.February 16, 2019 04:00 PM

(Credit: Landmarks Illinois)

A preservation group is looking for a new home for the psychedelic kitchen where Ebony Magazine tested out new recipes as far back as 1972.

Ebony editor Charlotte Lyons used the room to try out new recipes for the magazine’s monthly “A Date with a Dish” feature, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Landmarks Illinois disassembled the elements of the room, including spiral-design wall coverings and olive green finishings, and removed it from the longtime South Loop headquarters of Ebony and Jet Magazine, according to the Chicago Tribune. It preserved the ‘70s-era design of the kitchen through the decades, replacing only the refrigerator.

(Credit: Landmarks Illinois)

In 2010, Johnson Publishing sold the 12-story office building at 820 South Michigan Avenue to Columbia College, which seven years later turned the property over to developer 3L Real Estate in a $11 million deal. The developer last year began converting the building into a 150-unit apartment complex.

The landmarks group last week put out a call for “qualified institutions, organizations, corporations” who would put the kitchen together “for educational display or use.” The asking price? $1.

It’s accepting proposals until May 1. [Chicago Tribune] — Alex Nitkin


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