Vintage Wood From 1955

December 19th, 2010 · 18 Comments

Phoenix home built in 1955 with original vintage kitchen.  The oven looks like one of those old washing machines.

vintage old original 1955 kitchen oven range hood wood paneling cabinets Phoenix Arizona

Even the family room is lined in wood.  Looks brand new.

vintage old original 1955 wood paneling family room stone fireplace Phoenix Arizona home

Tags: 1950s · Kitchen · Not Ugly · Phoenix Homes · Wood Paneling

18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jat // Dec 20, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Isn’t it good, that knotty wood?

  • 2 Melykin // Dec 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    I think it is beautiful. I love the copper hood over the range, too. I’d love to see the whole house.

  • 3 Karla // Dec 20, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I love the floor. Ours is like that.

  • 4 Picky // Dec 20, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Beautiful. The rooms look well cared for and the kitchen is a gem. Love the original copper hood. Someone loved their home.

  • 5 steve // Dec 20, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Love it! I’d live there and keep it all as is.

  • 6 R'Chard // Dec 20, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Museum quality!

  • 7 Pam Kueber // Dec 21, 2010 at 6:33 am

    This is gorgeous. Why are you calling it ugly?

  • 8 Leif // Dec 21, 2010 at 8:13 am

    No one called it ugly. I’ll have to create a special category so people know we’re celebrating nice homes every once in awhile.

  • 9 Greg in Phoenix // Dec 21, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Again… not to throw a wrench into anything. It’s “not my taste”, but CLEAN is ALWAYS “in”. It definitely needs some touches, though! Maybe right for some, but admittedly not many, and definitely not for “the masses”. A VERY welcome change, though!! Positive comments may get some of these deadbeats off the can (so to speak). Those navy baths were OFF THE CHARTS! STUNNING!!!! Would love to see the kitchen in that place! That’s “WOW!” factor where it counts! Kudos.

  • 10 Ann-Marie Meyers // Dec 23, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I would sell my mother to get my hands on a 1950’s knotty pine kitchen in such good shape. Now, if the house had a pink bathroom, too, I would sell my sisters, along with my mother!

  • 11 darway // Dec 25, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I pulled one of those copper range hoods out of a 1960 starter home in Charlotte NC… they must have exiled some of those to the east coast before the 1950s ended

  • 12 moon // Jan 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    When the materials, design, and workmanship are of high quality, a great house is a great house, no matter how old it is….:)

  • 13 Phoenix Sucks // Jan 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Beautiful, however, I know you would find something to bitch about since there might be one personal item in the house. OH NO!

  • 14 Lachlan // Aug 12, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Back before I was homeless, I used to rent a house like this one. Except it was in a high-crime area, and there was a strange guy next door who drove a Ford F-350 and called himself “Bob” something.

  • 15 Greeney // Jul 24, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    In the first photo, is it an intercom on the wall, to the left of the cool wall oven? If not, I’d love to know what it is.

    I think knotty pine made a comeback in the 70s or 80s, because I saw it in a mid to late 80s new house. Maybe it was custom built for the owner. You folks would know whether it did come back in style then more than I would.

  • 16 Joshua // Dec 31, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Listen, I know this may matter to some of you folks out there, but I honestly think, even back then, it was kind of weird to have RED AND WHITE CHECKERED LINOLEUM in the LIVING ROOM!! I mean, that would be more appropriate for a kitchen, don’t you think. The living room is supposed to be all about being “comfortable on the carpet.”

  • 17 Gael // Aug 22, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    My in-laws have this wood in one of their homes, and every time I see it, I get the urge to paint. It makes a room dark and looks good with…..nothing. Save it for a log cabin. They have a whole room with this that also featured a ….wait for it…. Wagon wheel light fixture. Ghastly! Absolutely the worst in vintage, and I like vintage.

  • 18 Shari D // Apr 15, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Joshua ~ from my view here, the floor you are talking about looks more like wood parquetry than checkered linoleum. Considering the large amount of wood already in the rooms, a parquet floor would not be out of line. Just in case my view of this floor isn’t as clear as it needs to be, having linoleum floors in a 1950’s house, even in the living room, wouldn’t be all that unusual. Linoleum was the floor covering of choice in the time period, with room size rugs a pricey option on top. Throw rugs were more often found, as wall-to-wall carpeting back then was extremely expensive, and usually reserved for higher priced markets. The looms needed to make carpeting (broadloom) wide enough to cover a large room size floor without seams were not as plentiful as they are now, and the techniques and technology required to lay it properly wasn’t as widely known either.

    There were homes built in the 40’s and before that had wall-to-wall in the living rooms and perhaps dining rooms, but that was usually all wool carpeting imported from England, and was prohibitively expensive. I saw photos recently of a home with just such carpeting in it, and even today, it still looks almost brand new.

    This knotty pine paneling was extremely popular coming into the postwar 40’s and early to mid 50’s, and it seemed every home where it could be installed within budget had it. I collect American Builder magazines from the 20’s through the immediate Post-War period, and in the time period I mentioned, there were numerous examples of homes being built with that wall paneling everywhere except the bathrooms! Kitchens and dens or family/rumpus rooms were the most popular places for it to go, with living rooms following a very close second. The fireplace wall was frequently the most popular location for this paneling as it added a distinct appearance to the whole room.

    It was also a fast way to finish a wall, without dragging in the gallons of water and tons of sand that plastering required, and between this paneling and “wall board” or drywall, eliminated about 3 weeks of ourapplication and drying/curing time that plaster would have required for each and every house. This could get homes closed on and occupied up to a month faster for a developer, which eliminated that much more time his own money would have been tied up in the building costs. Then he could move on to the next projects that much faster. And in the extreme Post-War housing shortage and building boom which followed, the concept that time is money was never more true.

    The decorative uses and decorating schemes which were popular after WWII involved early american and colonial styles, which were seen as very patriotic in a country that was riding high on the victories won during the biggest war ever fought on this planet.

    If you watch some of the old TV reruns of the early 50’s, such as “I Love Lucy” or “Father Knows Best” or even “The Ozzie and Harriet Show”, you will see these plans being very heavily promoted in the decorating schemes of the homes shown. Especially in Harriet Nelson’s kitchen, and the Connecticut home bought by Lucy and Ricky in the later years of their show. Watching these TV shows when they were first produced and aired, was a very effective means of product placement and influence on the minds of American families as to just what was popular and the most accepted styles for family homes. No less than it is today!

    It helps to know about the mindset of the times, and what was popular then and what wasn’t, to understand some of why you see what you see in homes of this vintage.

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