St Charles of New York

St. Charles has long represented the very best in American kitchens. Our record or high quality product and design innovation, combined with a concentration on the upscale residential market, is totally in sync with today’s consumer.

1935-01-01 00:00:00

St. Charles is Founded

The St. Charles Manufacturing Company organized and began operations in a small plant in St. Charles, Illinois. Former owners of the plant were Janes and Kirtland, who made the first steel “kitchen dressers”.

1936-01-01 00:00:00

Frank Lloyd Wright Selects St. Charles

St. Charles cabinetry selected by Frank Lloyd Wright for Falling Water residence in Pennsylvania.

1938-09-01 00:00:00

National Media Advertising Launched

Within three years, producing custom kitchens in volume. Started a national advertising program.

1941-01-01 00:00:00

Custom Kitchen Design Leader

Recognized as leader in custom kitchen design and production.

1941-10-14 17:34:16

The War Years

World War II interrupted domestic production. All St. Charles production converted to defense requirements- awarded five Army/Navy “E” awards.

1945-12-09 03:18:03

After the War

Custom kitchen production resumed and and introduced first built-in appliance: under-counter ranges, wall ovens

1948-01-01 03:18:03

Color Introduced

St. Charles introduces color as standard-a first: all other manufactured cabinetry was white or wood finish.

1949-01-01 15:34:48

Mies Van Der Rohe

St. Charles specified by Mies Van Der Rohe for Farnsworth House in Fox River Valley, Illinois.

1951-09-10 11:20:54

Launched Hospital Division

Hospital division organized with its own separate sales personnel.

1952-09-01 00:00:00

Wood & Steel Combined

St. Charles introduced flush wood fronts on steel cabinets- the beginning of the “combination of materials” concept.

St Charles of New York

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