Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, AZ - 1950s Bathrooms

October 27th, 2008 · 13 Comments

Design Through the Decades - Part 15

Design Through the Decades has already looked at exterior architecture and kitchens of Phoenix homes from the 1950s to the present day.  Now it’s time to check out bathroom designs in Phoenix, starting in the 1950s.

Plain and simple, here’s your typical 1950s bathroom in Phoenix homes:  4″ pastel tiles with contrasting trim, vitreous china sink, and wood vanity.
1950s bathroom Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Another Phoenix bathroom in the 1950s that looks just like the first picture.  But this bathroom has a thin horizontal stripe below the top border.  And the counter tile is laid diagonally.
1950s bathroom Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

This 1951 bathroom has been well maintained.
1950s bathroom Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

1952 bathroom from Mesa, Arizona with typical enameled iron bathtub.
1950s bathroom Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Light blue and yellow tile.
1950s bathroom Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Check out the wallpaper and flooring in this 1950s bathroom.
1950s bathroom Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

From 1954.  Here’s a variation on the theme:  dark red tile with no contrasting trim color.  This subway tile pattern came back to life in the mid-2000s as backsplash tile in kitchens.
1950s bathroom Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Sometimes the bathtubs and toilets were pastel colored.  And sometimes 1950s bathrooms had no showerheads.  Tile only went 1/3 or 1/2 up the wall.
1950s bathroom Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

There is something to be said about bathroom tile from the 1950s and 1960s: they sure hold up well over time.  This 1950s bathroom has its original tile while the rest has been updated.
1950s bathroom Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Now let’s take a look at national advertisements for bathrooms in the 1950s.  We’re cheating a little here; this ad is from 1949 by Eljer.
1950s bathroom Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Kohler bathroom ad from 1950.
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Another Kohler bathroom ad from 1950.
1950s bathroom Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

And another Kohler bathroom ad from the 1950s.
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Briggs bathroom ad from 1954.  The “Sandstone collection.”
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The “Diana” sink by Crane in 1950.
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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ugly House Photos » Blog Archive » Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, AZ - 2000s Bathrooms // Nov 1, 2008 at 8:41 am

    […] What will Phoenix bathrooms be like in the 2010s?  My predictions: - Bathrooms will still be large in size - Large walk-in showers will be more popular than bathtub/shower combos - Bathrooms will become stark white to continue the spa-like appearance trend - Lots of glass tile and glass mosaic tile instead of natural stone (using elements common in 1950s bathrooms) - Light, clean colors (pure white, clean greens and blues) - More recessed lighting instead of glass globe vanity lights, lights on the sides of mirrors, and cool LED lights […]

  • 2 Ugly House Photos » Blog Archive » Design Through the Decades - Index of Posts // Jan 19, 2009 at 10:07 am

    […] Bathrooms: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s ______________________________ […]

  • 3 Jean Eklund // Jul 5, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Good morning,
    We recently acquired a house built in 1951. Altho there has been changes, looking thru your pics shows me the bones of what used to be.
    My husband, (Lee) is a residential carpenter trained by his father. He can look at a house & tell you the age of it. That is why we got a house of the same vintage he grew up in.
    He is frequently able to help homeowners understand why the builders did things the way they did.
    Thanks for your website. It has helped me understand my house better.
    Sincerely,
    Jean Eklund

  • 4 Murphy // Jan 15, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    My family’s historic Cape Cod was remodeled in the 50’s. Pink tile in the upstairs bathroom with black trim. White fixtures, one of those huge wall -hung sinks on metal legs. And no shower. The half bath downstairs had that peach/flesh colored fixtures and wall tile.

  • 5 Suzanne // Feb 2, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I recently bought a 1941 cottage in Burbank, CA. We brought it up to code, but restored rather than remodeled. We did sacrifice the peach tile in the bathroom & replaced it with cobalt blue. I’m now adding a bedroom & bath. The new bathroom will be `50s pink with black tile & a pink sink we found at the Habitat for Humanity salvage yard in Pasadena. For videos, go to YouTube/REVA1040.

  • 6 ginny poladian // Feb 16, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Does anyone in Phx know of any other places to find vintage plumbing etc. parts besides Stardust,The re-store? Specifically I am in search of a light pink sink, toilet and maybe tub for our 1952 pink & cranberry main bath. Any useful info. greatly appreciated. thanks! Ginny P

  • 7 How much for a new kitchen to look like this? - Home Interior Design and Decorating - Page 2 - City-Data Forum // Mar 9, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    […] Good suggestions. I checked and mine is a load bearing wall, so tearing down the wall is out of the question. At least, I’m not willing to put more money into reinforcement and have less cabinet space. These are ranch and mid-century homes in the area. Besides the frig and countertop, there is a door to the attached garage so a pantry in that area is not practical. I’ll go back to leaving the wall alone where my frig is and my stove is actually where the frig is in the picture. We are happy with our triangle function layout. I think the mosaic backsplash is pretty cool but I knew it may become dated and will keep my mind open to alternatives. I think tile backsplash is kind of boring and homes in our area is well known for unusual 1950s tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms. Many homes still have original tiles of lime green, pink, gray, dark brown, like these Ugly House Photos Blog Archive Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, AZ - 1950s Bathrooms. But these are a bit extreme in the link; mine is light gray. BTW desertsun41, you are thinking of Willow Meadows which is close to the Synagogue. But a lot of Christians live in Willowbend with the Baptist, Methodist, Catholics, Lutheran and Episcopal churches close by. […]

  • 8 WildCard~ // Mar 9, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Love it!!!

  • 9 beth // Mar 15, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Just bought a timber framed/clad kit house, in Winchester UK, imported from Sweden and built by German Prisoners of War in 1948 (Winston Churchill had a massive housing and workforce shortage because of the war so wouldn’t let captured Germans go home!!!). It’s in almost original condition as the person I bought it from rented it from new. I’m now planning to gently modernise is, with a 50’s feel. A bit of Cath Kidston and retro 50’s styling maybe. Any good 50’s pics or advice would be very welcome!! Thank you!!

  • 10 Claudia Seyer // Jun 7, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Looking for yellow tile 4×4 - believe it was called manchu gold - from the 50’s-60’s - only need a few - HELP!

  • 11 Vintage Tile Scrapbook | Hanbury House // Nov 27, 2012 at 10:25 am

    […]   late 1950s bathroom with pink and gray original tile on built in sink vanity Pink and burgundy tiled tub surround and built in sink vanity in a 1950s time capsule bathroom.  Found at a realestate blog called UglyHousePhotos.com peach and blue built in sink cabinet in vintage bathroom found at uglyhousephotos […]

  • 12 Greeney // Mar 12, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I’m surprised to see the huge corner tub from the 50s. I thought only new tubs had that pretty shape.

  • 13 Ferter Gert // Aug 1, 2013 at 4:41 am

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