Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, AZ - 1960s Kitchens

October 21st, 2008 · 8 Comments

Design Through the Decades - Part 9 - 1960s Kitchens In Phoenix

The majority of 1950s kitchens in Phoenix, Arizona had wood cabinets, but some had metal cabinets.  In the 1960s, wood ruled the kitchen nearly entirely as we’ll now see.  And kitchen counters went from Formica counters with dots and squiggles to mostly tile and some with plain white Formica.

Kitchen from 1960 in Phoenix.  As in the 1950s, the natural wood look and cabinets made of ash wood were common.
1960s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Another kitchen from 1960.
1960s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

The other half of this 1960 kitchen.  Note the copper door knobs with starburst accent.  Ovens (usually made by General Electric) were built into the cabinetry, separate from the range.
1960s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

This 1960 kitchen features cabinets supported by metal poles.  And the counters are extended to create a breakfast bar.
1960s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Westinghouse oven from 1960.  This was the exact type of oven we had at my childhood home in the Arcadia area of Phoenix.  The thousands of cookies my mom baked in this oven, wow.
1960s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1962 kitchen with diagonal handles.  These cabinets were solid and built to last.
1960s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1962 kitchen with typical diagonal 4″ tile counters.  Ovens came in all sorts of colors.
1960s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

And another Phoenix kitchen from 1962.  Note the hanging cabinets over the counter and breakfast bar.  If you were cooking in the kitchen, it was hard to see anyone in the other room.  People removed these upper cabinets when remodeling these 1960s homes in the 1990s and 2000s.
1960s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1963 kitchen with vinyl flooring.
1960s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Another 1963 home with eating area close by, a popular floor plan feature.
1960s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Typical 1965 kitchen.  Not a lot of changes happened to kitchen designs in the 1960s.  That was all about to change in the 1970s. 
1960s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

A national ad from 1960 showing stainless steel appliances and pendant lighting, popular “new” trends in the 2000s.  For some reason, Phoenix stuck with honey wood cabinets and colored ovens.
1960s kitchen Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Elisa Clara // May 27, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Hello mgreat to see all the older kitchens, bathrooms, etc,.. I own an older house myself and it is between 1960-1970 design with dark wood kitchen. I love to see how the designs change over the years and also love the retro look, especially 1950’s. Thanks for the memories, I remember them still.

  • 2 spaceman1961 // Jul 6, 2009 at 6:00 am

    Great pics! We had the same built in GE cooktop and oven in my house growing up. Any chance of larger photos so you can see the details easier?

  • 3 Kkatz // Jul 19, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    I ran across this website when trying to find info on the oven found in the house that we just recently purchased. It is the same Westinghouse oven that is in a picture above…and it still works and is the best oven….ever!!!

  • 4 Murphy // Jan 14, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I love those natural ash cabinets. The wood just glows! I once lived in an apt with those beautiful cabinets and white formica countertops with turquoise boomerang design. Some of the hardware from the 50-60s is really cool too.

  • 5 Leif // Jan 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Murphy, I totally agree. I love the honey glow of the older cabinets.

  • 6 Robert // Jan 27, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I don’t get why this site is called ‘ugly house photos’. You need to include pictures of McMansions from the 80s and 90s, if that’s the case.

  • 7 Leif // Jan 27, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Robert, check out the category on the left column: Design of the Decades, then go to 1980s and 1990s for photos of the McMansions.

    In my review of truly ugly photos, I came across so many homes in original mint condition from the 1950s to 2000s.
    I figured readers would enjoy seeing how home design changed over the decades.

  • 8 Greeney // Mar 12, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    We never had these lovely honey colored wood cupboards around here. In the late 60s, the dark wood laminates appeared, but before that, we only had cheap particleboard cabinets around here. People painted them white to hide the ugliness.

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