Entries Tagged as '1950s'

Kitchens Through the Decades

July 17th, 2009 · 7 Comments

Last fall we highlighted Phoenix area kitchens as they looked in different decades, from the 1950s to the 2000s.  You’ll find all the posts linked here.

This is a Phoenix kitchen built in 1960.

1960 kitchen Phoenix home house

House Beautiful magazine and website now has slideshows available of kitchens from around the US from each decade too.  The links per decade are found below.

1950s slide show

1960s slide show

1970s slide show - foil wallpaper

1980s slide show - hanging baskets and, ick, pot racks

1990s slide show - brass milk jugs?

2000s slide show - lots of exposed cabinets and more pot racks

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · 1950s · 1960s

Remember the Time - Michael Jackson

July 7th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Today we pay tribute to Michael Jackson.

“Remember the Time” was a song from Michael Jackson’s album Dangerous.

Let’s look at a Phoenix home built in 1953.  Do you remember the time when a freestanding fireplace, red linoleum flooring, and wood paneling were popular?

old freestanding fireplace red linoleum flooring wood paneling 1953 Phoenix home house

Do you remember the time when homes needed miles of wires and cables for cable TV, phones, alarm systems, and surround sound?

wires cables wood paneling 1953 Phoenix home house

Do you remember the time when floral wallpaper was a must have?

floral daisy wallpaper bathroom 1953 old Phoenix home house

Do you remember the time when blue carpet was trendy?  What’s with the dirt and grime on the walls?

blue carpet dirt grime on bedroom walls bad MLS photos Phoenix home house real estate

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Tags: Fireplace · Phoenix Homes · Wood Paneling · 1950s

Frank Lloyd Wright Home Sold In Phoenix

June 27th, 2009 · 6 Comments

World famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed several homes in the Phoenix area.  [For 3D models of some of his Arizona and other US homes, check out this website.]

One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Phoenix homes sold last week for $2,800,000.   It was built in 1951, just eight years before FLW died in 1959.  Frank’s son David Wright was the original owner of this house.  It had never been offered for sale before.

[Disclaimer: We are not calling this home ugly. Due to its historical significance, it is worth presenting to you today.]

Let’s take a tour.

Frank Lloyd Wright architect designed home Phoenix Arizona 1951

The house has a spiral design with ramps.

Frank Lloyd Wright architect designed home Phoenix Arizona 1951

Frank Lloyd Wright architect designed home Phoenix Arizona 1951

The lifting of the house from the ground provides room for air to flow freely.

Frank Lloyd Wright architect designed home Phoenix Arizona 1951

Here is an archival photo believed to be from the early 1950s.

Frank Lloyd Wright architect designed home Phoenix Arizona 1951

Another old photo showing the foundation.  The lot size is 2.18 acres.

Frank Lloyd Wright architect designed home Phoenix Arizona 1951

The curved walls can be seen in the kitchen.

Frank Lloyd Wright architect designed home Phoenix Arizona 1951

Concrete block and wood were the dominant building materials.  This is the living room with a dramatic wood ceiling and concrete fireplace.

Frank Lloyd Wright architect designed home Phoenix Arizona 1951

Approximately 2,500 square feet home with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.

Frank Lloyd Wright architect designed home Phoenix Arizona 1951

Curved hallways.

Frank Lloyd Wright architect designed home Phoenix Arizona 1951

The wood looks brand new instead of 58 years old.

Frank Lloyd Wright architect designed home Phoenix Arizona 1951

Another fireplace.  Beautiful wood ceiling.

Frank Lloyd Wright architect designed home Phoenix Arizona 1951

Staircase.

Frank Lloyd Wright architect designed home Phoenix Arizona 1951

There is a guest house as well.

Frank Lloyd Wright architect designed home Phoenix Arizona 1951 guest house

Exterior view of the spiral ramps.

Frank Lloyd Wright architect designed home Phoenix Arizona 1951

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Tags: Kitchen · Fireplace · Phoenix Homes · 1950s · Exterior

Retro 1950s Phoenix Home

June 5th, 2009 · 12 Comments

This place gets a pass; it’s not ugly or cluttered.  Just a refreshing retro 1950s vibe.  The cat should go, however.

retro 1950s décor blue paint Phoenix home house real estate

The plate colletion’s a bit much.

retro 1950s décor blue paint dining room Phoenix home house real estate

Stainless steel tiles are a popular way today to update a kitchen.  Peel & stick and you’re done.  Typical oven from the late 1950s and early 1960s.

retro 1950s décor blue paint kitchen Phoenix home house real estate

For a comprehensive look at furniture, home design, and home features in the Phoenix area from the 1950s to the 2000s, check out the index of 77 posts.

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Pets · Dining Room · Collections · 1950s

1959 Scottsdale Home

May 6th, 2009 · 11 Comments

I had the pleasure of visiting this fine Scottsdale home on Sunday.  It was built in 1959.  The kitchen is in its original condition, complete with original pink Westinghouse oven, original electric range, and original Kitchen Queen range hood.  My family had the same type of oven at my childhood home.  Those ovens were built to last.

1959 Westinghouse pink oven range original Scottsdale Arizona Kitchen Queen range hood

Original kitchen cabinets.  Look how the washer and dryer are in the kitchen.  Very European.  This house has been for sale for 610 days.

original kitchen cabinets washer dryer Scottsdale Arizona home house

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Tags: Kitchen · Scottsdale, AZ Homes · Cabinets · 1950s

1950s Retro Décor In Phoenix

March 19th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Not saying this is ugly, but wanted to share this with you because it’s kinda cute.  Very 1950s retro décor.

1950s décor drapes record album covers Dean Martin Sinatra kitchen Phoenix

1950s décor drapes living room Phoenix

1950s décor drapes bedroom Phoenix

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Tags: Staging · Living Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Window Coverings · Phoenix Homes · 1950s

Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, Arizona - 1950s Home Décor

January 5th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Design Through the Decades - part 68

Home décor and interior design is always changing.  Styles come and go.  Usually.  Sometimes they hang around for decades.  Let’s take a look at some 1950s home décor that’s still being used in Phoenix homes in the late 2000s.

Lighter colors were used in the 1950s in the Phoenix area.  Whites and pale pastels.  Maybe it made people feel cooler?  Furniture was functional, separate, smaller, and could be moved around easily.
1950s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Here’s a 1959 home in Scottsdale with a wall mural.
1950s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Living rooms were used formally for guests.
1950s home décor interior design Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Because of the 50 year time spread from the 1950s to present day, there are not a lot of Phoenix homes with original owners.  Therefore, photos of 1950s décor are limited to these three.  Let’s take a look at national advertisements instead beginning with this one from 1950.  An interesting note: interior design in the late 2000s is moving toward similar 1950s ideas such as carpet squares, full drapes (although lighter material), and smaller furniture.
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This is the Starfire collection by Kroehler from 1957.
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In 1952, Kuehne-Khrome offered their Planter dinette set.
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In 1953, Daystrom sold dinettes with Daystromite table top material.
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Wood framed windows were advertised in 1959 by the American Wood Window Institute.
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Paint made with lead additives was very common until its production was stopped in the mid-1970s because of all the health problems caused by lead.  By 1978, lead-based paint was not produced or used.  Dutch Boy Paint was originally known as the National Lead Company.  This is a 1949 advertisement for their Wonsover Dutch Boy paint.  People bought lead-based paint by the gallons back then.  Note the pastel wall color.
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Tags: Design Through the Decades · 1950s · Home Décor

Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, Arizona - 1950s & 1960s Roofs

December 29th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Design Through the Decades - part 65

Roofing is the last category of Phoenix housing design we’ll examine before our big finale of home décor next week.

The 1950s - Roofing:

The typical Phoenix home in the 1950s was a ranch style home with asphalt shingle roofing.  Some 1950s homes had red tile placed along the ridgeline as seen at this 1950 Phoenix home.
1950s roof Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Most ranch style homes had gable roofs.  Gable roofs have vertical sides and half of the roof faces the viewer from the street.  This is a 1954 Phoenix home with a gable roof and asphalt shingles.
1950s roof Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

If the home had an L-shaped floor plan, it then had a cross gable roof as seen at this 1955 Phoenix home.
1950s roof Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Hip style roofs have four sides that all slant inward.  This is a 1950 Phoenix home with a hip style roof and asphalt shingles.
1950s roof Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Wood shake roofs were popular with some Phoenix homeowners in the 1950s.
1950s roof Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Ralph Haver designed homes in Phoenix had a reverse gable roof style where the viewer cannot see the roof’s sides from the front. These homes also had no attic space due to a low roof pitch.  This Ralph Haver home was built in 1957.
1950s roof Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

The 1960s - Roofing:

Roofing at Phoenix homes in the 1960s was not much different than the 1950s.  Asphalt shingles were the most common roofing material used in the 1960s.

Cross gable style and hip style roofs were used at many 1960s Phoenix homes, but a gable style roof was the most popular as seen at this 1969 Phoenix home with asphalt shingles.
1960s roof Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Wood shake roofs were found at some 1960s homes.  This is a Tempe, Arizona home with a wood shake roof.
1960s roof Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

A few homes in the 1960s combined a flat roof with wood shake using a roof style known as Mansard style.
1960s roof Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Ralph Haver continued to design homes in Phoenix in the 1960s with the low pitch reverse gable roof style.
1960s roof Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

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Tags: Roof · Design Through the Decades · 1950s · 1960s

Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, Arizona - 1950s & 1960s Parking

December 22nd, 2008 · 2 Comments

Design Through the Decades - part 62

Parking is not the most exciting feature of a home, but its prominence in Phoenix home design has changed over the decades.

The 1950s - Parking:

In the 1950s, the average Phoenix household owned only one car.  Therefore, parking requirements were minimal.  One-car carports were the norm in the 1950s.  And they were attached to the house.  This was a change from the 1920s-1940s where a detached garage in the back yard was common.  Since parking was now a part of the house structure in the 1950s, enclosed garages gave way to open carports.  It was more for convenience than protection; just drive up and park.
1950s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Oftentimes, the one-car carport was built close to the edge of the lot.  As parking requirements changed over time, it became impossible for one-car carports to be converted to two-car garages due to lack of space.  Thus, for many of these 1950s Phoenix homes, the one-car carport became functionally obsolete.  Homeowners in the 1980s-2000s did, however, add a side wall and a garage door to convert these carports to one-car garages.  This is a 1953 home.
1950s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

The problem with converting a carport to a garage was that most 1950s homes had windows facing the carport.  If you enclosed the carport, no natural light came into the house.
1950s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

There was usually a breezeway from the carport to a storage room and to the back yard in these 1950s homes.
1950s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

The more expensive homes in the 1950s had two-car carports attached to the house as seen at this 1958 home.
1950s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Sometimes you could find a tandem two-car carport like at this 1951 Phoenix home.
1950s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

 

The 1960s - Parking:

In the 1960s, parking design did not change significantly from the 1950s.  Carports ruled the day.
1960s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Two-car carports became more common in the 1960s as more households owned two cars.
1960s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

One change in 1960s parking was to put the carport on the side.
1960s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Garage parking slowly emerged in the later 1960s.
1960s parking Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

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Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, Arizona - 1950s Landscaping

December 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Design Through the Decades - part 56

Landscaping is an important part of any home.  It creates curb appeal, it provides for recreation, it serves pets, it creates shade, etc.

In the 1950s, many Phoenix homes had irrigated yards.  Once a month in winter and twice a month in summer, a person’s yard would be flooded for 1-2 hours with water from the canal system.  This way, large trees and bushes would be deeply watered.  To keep the water in the yards, small berms were formed around the edges of the yard, as seen at this 1956 Phoenix home.
1950s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Citrus trees were very popular in the 1950s in Phoenix.  In fact, it was practically a requirement.  Here’s a 1955 home with orange trees out front.
1950s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

A nicely trimmed hedge out front was also found in many 1950s Phoenix homes.  This is a 1953 home.  Dwarf myrtle was a favorite bush.
1950s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

From a 1958 home.
1950s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

And another hedge of bushes out front.
1950s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Pine trees (especially Aleppo or Eldarica pines) were a popular landscaping choice.  After 40 years, they grow quite tall.
1950s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Pine trees create a lot of shade.
1950s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1950s Phoenix homes are known for having grass lawns and trees in front.
1950s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Large lots allowed for expansive back yards with lots of grass.  Many Phoenix back yards from the 1950s were lined with fast-growing oleander bushes for privacy.
1950s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Large grassy back yard from a 1959 Phoenix home.
1950s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Mulberry trees create a lot of shade.
1950s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Pecan trees were popular in the 1950s.
1950s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Shade was an important element of 1950s landscaping.  Homeowners did not mind doing yard work in the 1950s.
1950s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Fences were usually made of wood or chain link in the 1950s.  A weaved fence was trendy.
1950s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

You can tell which neighborhoods were from the 1950s by the big trees.
1950s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Here’s a postcard photo of a Phoenix back yard from the 1950s.
1950s landscaping Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

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Tags: Landscaping · Design Through the Decades · 1950s