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A Social Kitchen

A house made of boxes? Here's one located in Jerome, Arizona.

One of the most famous boomtown mining camps in the 1920s and '30s was in Jerome, Arizona, but after the mining ceased, the town became empty. One of the many buildings left behind was the Powderbox Church, a community spot built and used by the local miners. When building it, the miners used what they had, which were piles and piles of dynamite boxes, giving the Powderbox Church its name. Years later in 1964, Ann Gale, an interior designer, and her husband Tom, an architect, teamed up with Ann's business partner and deemed the renovation of the church their weekend project. What they have now is a weekend getaway for their family and friends that will always be the setting for happy memories.

They spend most of their time communing in the large open kitchen and dining area. The 10-foot farmhouse-style table is surrounded by mismatched chairs in many colors. Two freestanding pieces of furniture contain everything they need for hosting a dinner gathering. The piece that now holds their china was once used in a pharmacy. The Gales painted the interior a spring green to complement their blue and white pottery.

A smaller cabinet showcases a French paint technique called grisaille, which is a style of monochromatic painting using only shades of gray.

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