Catherine Seiberling Pond was born and raised in Akron, Ohio where her early visual interest in suburban house types and studying floor plans and rooms in 1960s design magazines began a passion for historic architecture. Catering doll teas from her aqua Easy Bake oven, messing up her mom’s pink-applianced 1950s kitchen for her Girl Scout “Cooking” badge, and hours spent in her own pink play kitchen under the stairs would also instill a love of pantries and food. In 1974 she moved to her grandparents’ New Hampshire farm with her mother and two brothers after memorable summer visits there as a child.
In 1984 she received her BA in art history from Wheaton College and spent her junior year studying art and architecture at University College London. After working for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Yankee Magazine Intern Program (she had also been an intern herself), she moved into Gibson House Museum, a preserved Victorian-era townhouse in the Back Bay, where she lived and worked as resident guide. She later completed a history and study report of the site that helped define its eventual Boston Landmark and National Landmark status. While in graduate school she worked as a “Project Prepare” intern, and wrote planning and historic preservation studies of two New Hampshire towns, Jaffrey and Harrisville, for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 1991 she received her master’s in historic preservation studies from Boston University.
After several years as a preservation consultant and a job in public relations she became site manager for another historic house museum, Barrett House, a rural New Hampshire manse built in 1800 and owned and operated by Historic New England. There she planned diverse programs, generated press and articles in national magazines and operated a weekend tearoom that was featured in the original Victoria Magazine.
She has contributed a variety of house-related and personal essays to design magazines such as Victoria and Old-House Interiors, among others. The PantryIts History and Modern Uses was published in May 2007 by Gibbs Smith, Publisher and has combined her life-long interest in pantries as well as the domestic and design history of kitchen spaces.
For over a decade Catherine lived with her husband Temple Pond and their three children in his ancestral 1813 Federal home in a classic New England village. Here they built two traditional-style butler's pantries and collected too many things. Now they live on a ridge in Kentucky where they are farming and planning their ideal country farm home (and pantries, of course).
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