The Case of the Disappearing Kitchen (Door)

Thanks to my friend and fellow Steward Manor historian Jim Smart for tracking down this vintage ad, and pointing out that the apartment complex actually used this Holcomb & Hoke FolDoor unit in its infancy.

As a child, I lived in units at both 2 Woodland Ct. and 100 Bryan Ct. between 1978 and 1987, and neither of them had the folding partition at that time. But I do recall some friends’ kitchens on Woodland and Sharon Courts having different types of kitchen partitions—likely hanging from the original FolDoor track. In fact, I remembered this shot from June 1989 of Ron Pressley (one of my best friends since 1st grade) preparing an iced coffee—at least a decade before mainstream America became hooked on iced coffee. 🙂

The Pressley family always had hanging beads of this sort, which created a kitchen partition considerably less severe than the solid FolDoor unit. Through the beads, we can see a glimpse of the original kitchen cabinets as they appeared on Woodland Ct. in 1989.


About Richard Friend

I'm a graphic designer and creator of "Lost Laurel"—a collection of photos and print ephemera chronicling the countless stores, restaurants, and other long-lost merchants of Laurel, Maryland. I'm interesting in hearing from any former/current residents, especially those with vintage photos, literature, and recollections of the community.
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