A Peek Inside A 1957 Time Capsule Home


I can barely contain myself; I was in the most amazing 1957 time capsule home this weekend.  And yes I took lots of photos. 58 to be exact. I have whittled it down (although it was hard).  I wanted you to see EVERYTHING!

It belongs to our friends from church. They just moved in a few days ago and  were gracious enough to give us the grand tour while still cleaning and unpacking. They even gave us a 2 piece sectional day bed (think Brady Bunch family room).  It even came with the corner table!

Warning: there are lots of pictures in this post 🙂  Because I had so many to show you, they are smaller. You can click for a close up.

This is just to show you the awesomeness that awaits inside:

The original floor in the foyer:

The very long brick fireplace wall in the sunken living room. Note the planter/wall divider on the end. That is the dining room up the stairs on the right.

This light fixture is in the living room; I have no words to describe its coolness:

The back of that long  fireplace wall runs into the sun room with a built-in barbecue!  Note the scalloped trim on the planked ceiling. This room is also wrapped with a brick ledge under the windows for seating or placing plants.

Another view:

There are 3  (yes THREE!) original baths. The tile work, grout  and floors are perfect. Lucky them 🙂

The pink and black one was my favorite:

With a  divider on the knee wall and black swan tiles! The floor is charcoal.

This  gray bath has the original gray toilet, sink and tiled shower. The floor was charcoal and gray. There are star burst pulls on the cabinet above the toilet.

The master bath is blue/grey/black:

Another view:

How about these black lights above the curved vanity:

The home has the original light fixtures!

In the den:

One (of a pair)  in a bedroom:

In the sun room:

The windows in the foyer go to the floor and the storm door has jalousie windows. Their  sweet dog is still a little unsettled.

The kitchen has the original flooring, cabinets and counter tops:

The basement was unreal. It had a big curvy bar, a huge wall planter/mirror and lighted murals. Under those murals along the floor are more brick planters:

Here is a tiled floor inside the back door:

This bathroom door has a moon on it 🙂

The kitchen cabinet knobs match the counter tops; they look like gray tweed:

Some interior doors:

Looking outside from the sun room:

Another kitchen wall. The hood is original and tiled back splash are original. The cook top and wall oven have been replaced.

This wonderful home even has an intercom system and laundry chute to the basement.  It sits on a huge piece of property in the country.

Here is a view of the back patio:

The bedrooms and den floor were original hardwood. The living room and dining room have their original off white carpet. All of the doors are original and none of the trim has been painted.

The front door knob is located in the center of the door. The rest of the interior doors have the same knobs and escutcheons.

The new owners have plans to clean up the outside of the property. It has been neglected for many years and the wonderful built-in planters and retaining walls are overgrown and hidden by trees and bushes.

I was assured that I would be invited back in a few months when they have settled in.

I cannot wait to show you more of this awesome home!

What do you think?


9 responses »

    • Well I cannot speak for them. They are trying to keep as much as possible while still fixing problems of neglect 🙂 I know they are planning to move the kitchen to the rear of the home (in the old den) where it will be open to the dining room, sun room and patio. We expressed interest in buying the original kitchen cabinets and countertops. We’ll see……

  1. Wow, wow, wow! The lighting fixtures, murals, floors, tile work – this place has it all! Fabulous! Thanks so much for showing us the picturesl. I would love to see a follow-up.

  2. I think I just passed out……can someone pass the smelling salts please!!! 🙂

    WOW!!! What a stunning house. It’s completely my dream house and I could only hope to find something like that here.

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE tell them to never, ever gut that pink bathroom…..I think it would kill me.

    • Sara, is this house awesome or what?! All I can think about is where I would put an aluminum Christmas tree! I don’t think they have any plans to do anything to the pink bath 🙂
      I hope you find your dream house soon 🙂 Is there much mid-century housing where you live?

      • We do have MC housing here, but sadly A LOT of it has been gutted….so you have the cute outside ranch look and then you see the inside and it’s all granite and large ceramic tiles and about as boring as you can get. It’s especially harder because we are looking for a bit of a larger size home that is 50s, esp. because we do not have basements here, and that has proved especially hard to find. I’m actually doing a post about our crazy house search tomorrow….you should check it out!

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