Design Through the Decades - Part 1
We start the Design Through the Decades series in the 1950s, focusing on the exterior (architecture and design) of homes in Phoenix, Arizona.
But first let’s look at how Phoenix has changed. This is a map of Phoenix in the 1950s. The city limits didn’t really extend much north beyond Indian School Road. Phoenix was the country’s 99th largest city in 1950 with a population of 106,818. To see more photos of Phoenix in the 1950s, click here.
Brick homes like this one were considered the norm in Phoenix in the 1950s. The pop-out bedroom window (the precursor to bay windows) was quite common.
Built in 1959 and reversed from the previous photo.
Built in the 1950s, the quintessential ranch style home. Diamond pattern windows were popular.
Built in 1958 with decorative wood “shutters” flanking the windows.
Built in the 1950s with squished out mortar between the blocks. The one-car carport was likely converted to a garage at a later date.
Here’s a close-up of the squished mortar.
This Phoenix home built in 1951 really shows off the brick.
Built in 1950.
Here are three drawings of 1950s ranch architecture, all from 1957.