Design Through the Decades – Phoenix, AZ – 1950s Kitchens

October 20th, 2008 · 13 Comments

Design Through the Decades – Part 8

We’ve looked at the exterior architecture of Phoenix homes in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s.  Now it’s time to look at typical kitchens of Phoenix homes starting in the 1950s.

Wood cabinets, particularly made of ash, were very popular in Phoenix kitchens in the 1950s.  The beautiful wood grain was brought out with a honey laquer finish.  From 1950.
1950s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Wood cabinets dominate this 1951 Phoenix kitchen.  However, dishwashers weren’t available back in the 1950s.
1950s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Metal cabinets were an alternative to wood cabinets as seen in this 1951 kitchen.
1950s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

A 1952 kitchen with colored tile counters & backsplash.  [Home actually located in Glendale, AZ, not Phoenix]
1950s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1955 Phoenix kitchen with wall-mounted faucet.
1950s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Ovens & ranges were available as separate appliances as seen in this 1958 kitchen.
1950s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1959 kitchen.  As we approached the 1960s, kitchens became more u-shaped with lots of upper cabinets.  Homeowners in the 1990s and 2000s began tearing out the hanging upper cabinets in their older homes to allow better views in/out of kitchens as we’ll see in upcoming posts.
1950s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Unknown date of home.  Wood doors and wall-mounted sink.
1950s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Beautiful honey wood grain cabinets and colored tile.
1950s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Original cabinets and colored tile counters with updated appliances.  4″ tile on diagonal was very popular.
1950s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

The kitchens in the Phoenix area in the 1950s were not that different from kitchens around the United States.  Let’s take a look at national advertisements in the 1950s.

1950s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1950s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Formica counters were gaining in popularity.1950s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1952 Formica ad.  Check out those country style cabinets!
1950s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1955 ad with integrated wood handles.
1950s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1955 ad for metal cabinets by Jones & Laughlin Steel.
1950s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1957 ad with an open kitchen floor plan.  Very modern for the 1950s.
1950s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1957 ad with metal cabinets.
1950s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1957 Frigidaire’s Kitchen of the Future.  Interesting note: we’ll see in a future blog how kitchens in the 2000s look similar to this style.
1950s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1959 ad for the Tappan “Fabulous 400” pull-out range.  When you’re done, you push in the range.
1950s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1959 Hotpoint appliance ad.  Note the small mosaic tile backsplash and floating exhaust hood, two design elements that make a serious comeback in the 2000s.
1950s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1956 ad for Formica counters.
1950s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Tags: 1950s · Design Through the Decades · Kitchen

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Patrica // Nov 2, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    WOW is all I can say!

  • 2 Jita // Mar 11, 2009 at 7:30 am

    WOW I love these.
    I love 50s decor.

  • 3 Aaron // Sep 2, 2009 at 10:52 am

    They sure do all look like it’s the perfect happy life!

  • 4 Faye // Dec 31, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    I still own a working Tappan Fabulous 400 that I learned to cook on in the 1950’s. I just inherited my childhood home and it still works

  • 5 wildwoman // Jan 4, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Stunningly beautiful!

  • 6 Trevor // Jul 4, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Not to be rude, but dishwashers have been available for home use since 1924. They weren’t necessarily common in homes, but they were available.

    Here is a picture of a dishwasher in an ad from 1956.

    http://www.bluevelvetvintage.com/vintage_style_files/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/1956-dishwasher.jpg

    Great website by the way. If anyone is interested in looking at and learning about vintage decor go to retrorenovation.com

    Cheers
    – Trevor

  • 7 Rhea // Aug 16, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Does anyone know where I can get this style cabinet? Just purchased an old home and I want to paint the old and ad new matching cabinets, but I don’t know where to find them.

  • 8 Jimall // Mar 14, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    We bought a house with a Tapan fabulous 400 stove. Let me tell you how bad of a design this thing is. The glass in the right side oven was not tempered right and exploded. The left side oven was completely INOP. We bought the house on auction. The old couple living there died and there were no children. There was a second kitchen downstairs that was used instead of the Tapan. It still looked brand new. It wouldn’t fit any of the roasters or pots that we have. Out with the old…

  • 9 Jan // Feb 3, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I was going to comment just as Trevor has that I have seen tons and tons of ads, from GE to Frigidaire to Whirlpool and more in 1950s Better Homes & Gardens and McCall’s magazines that include dishwashers as part of their “complete” kitchens. Here’s a post about a GE kitchen with dishwasher from 1957: http://retrorenovation.com/2011/03/20/vintage-ge-kitchen-cabinettes/
    But I do love your site – and none of it is ugly!

  • 10 cristy // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Just this past summer I replaced a Tappan Fabulous 400 stove in a 1968 home. When we bought the house in 04, the smaller right oven worked as well as three of the burners. By the time of the kitchen renovation, only one of the burners worked – when it felt like it.

    You can see it here: http://livingdonorsarepeopletoo.com/the-case-for-a-new-kitchen/

  • 11 Greeney // Mar 13, 2013 at 12:04 am

    They are beautiful. The ads depict spacious kitchens that did not exist in tiny mid century ranch homes. My mid century home had a decent sized kitchen with particleboard cabinets, brittle Formica counters with metal edging. Is metal edging known at all there? None of your photos had the. They looked hideous, but they might have been intended to match the chrome tables and chairs from that era. My double oven with gull wing doors and pull out burners was a Flair. It worked perfectly. The present owner still uses it.

  • 12 Greeney // Mar 13, 2013 at 12:06 am

    I always wear an evening gown when I cook. (The woman in one of the ads looked like she was at the opera).

  • 13 Jim // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I grew-up in the 50’s with GE, Zenith and Speed Queen products.
    Funny, but doesn’t this Tappan 400 look and operate like the stove on Bewitched?
    The Bewitched one did not have the wooden ledge and the burners were gallery-set, not in-line like this Tappan.

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