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.
Another kitchen from 1960.
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.
This 1960 kitchen features cabinets supported by metal poles. And the counters are extended to create a breakfast bar.
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.
1962 kitchen with diagonal handles. These cabinets were solid and built to last.
1962 kitchen with typical diagonal 4″ tile counters. Ovens came in all sorts of colors.
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.
1963 kitchen with vinyl flooring.
Another 1963 home with eating area close by, a popular floor plan feature.
Typical 1965 kitchen. Not a lot of changes happened to kitchen designs in the 1960s. That was all about to change in the 1970s.
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.