The staircase ahead leads to a kitchen floor. These represent the social center of the house, where students gather together to cook and serve each other food. Wether tossing knives to each other to set the table or balancing a cauldron of boiling
stew, they approach their tasks with an anxious energy. Shirkers are encouraged to join in by their peers, as none want to risk time in one of the iceboxes. The kitchens, perhaps more than any other area, represent a triumph for Edgewood's values.