New Meets Old
Victorian structures are renowned for being strongly compartmentalized. "If we stuck with the Victorian plan," says McNamara, "guests would come into the kitchen and just pile up like salmon swimming upstream."
To shatter that rigidity, she came up with a circular floor plan that allows the kitchen to be accessed from two points: the main hallway and the dining room. The room echoes the period of the house with white-painted cabinets, black-granite counters, and a walnut butcher-block-topped work island.