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

October 28th, 2008 · 7 Comments

Design Through the Decades - Part 16

As we’ve seen in Phoenix kitchens in the 1950s and 1960s, there were not a lot of significant changes either in bathrooms in the 1950s and 1960s.  4″ tile, enameled iron bathtubs, vitreous china sinks, and wood vanities were the norm in the 1960s.  Let’s take a look a closer look at bathrooms from the 1960s.

The contrast trim color from the 1950s held on for only a year or two in the 1960s.  This bathroom was built in 1960.
1960s bathroom Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

My house was built in 1960.  This is my hall bathroom’s shower.  The monochromatic peach tile is in pristine condition.
1960s bathroom Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

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

This Scottsdale, AZ bathroom built in 1961 does not have a showerhead.
1960s bathroom Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Here’s a bathroom from 1962 with a built-in medicine cabinet.  The silver square to the right was a lazy susan to store your toothbrush and a drinking glass.
1960s bathroom Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Scottsdale bathroom from 1962 with original tile and tub.  Iron tubs are heavy and hard to remove, so many people keep them and have them reglazed (approx. $400).
1960s bathroom Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Sometimes the tile had speckles.
1960s bathroom Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Patterned tile emerged in the late 1960s.
1960s bathroom Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Formica counter tops became very popular in the late 1960s as seen in this 1969 home.
1960s bathroom Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Another Phoenix bathroom from 1969.  This counter top had gold flecks in the Formica.
1960s bathroom Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

National advertisement from Kohler in 1960.
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National advertisement from American Standard in 1960.  The small colorful tile seen here came back in style as backsplash tile in Phoenix kitchens in the 2000s.
1960s bathroom Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DellMan94 // Jul 21, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    that sink in that Kohler ad is almost exactly the same as the original bathroom sinks in my 1966 house

  • 2 Julie Hoffheins // Oct 17, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Why do you call these Ugly House Photos? I love the original bathrooms in the older houses. My house is 1947 in downtown Phoenix. It has the original kitchen and bathrooms…tile, sinks, cabinets and all. I get tons of compliments on my house. Older houses just look wrong when you try to put modern bathrooms and kitchens in them. I’ve seen so many that were remodeled in the 70’s and 80’s. They look terrible. So do the ones that have granite counters, slate tile, etc…Leave them alone or re-do them to the period of the house is they can’t be salvaged.

  • 3 Leif // Oct 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Julie, I took a time-out last year to celebrate home designs over the decades. If you read my comments over the past year, you’ll see that my favorite homes are from the 1950s and 1960s. I kept the same tile in my 1960 home as seen in this post.
    I still think the 1980s were ugly tho’. Just one person’s opinion.

  • 4 Jan // Feb 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Once again, love the site! You mention that formica became popular as a bathroom sink countertop material in the late 1960’s in Phoenix. Just wondering if maybe tile countertops in the 1950’s and 1960’s was a regional thing? We had them a lot here (Indiana, Ohio, Maryland) in the 1940’s, but by the mid-1950’s, all we ever had in several new-at-the-time houses was formica.

  • 5 Leif // Feb 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Jan, it’s entirely my opinion; I think it saved labor costs to install formica counters.

  • 6 Anna // Jul 26, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I love the bathroom in the bottom picture! I think it looks so unique. And I also love the peach colored tile in the third picture at the top. That color is beautiful!

  • 7 Greeney // Mar 12, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    We lived in a 1962 back split between 85 and 91. We had a pink bathroom with pink fixtures and pink tiles. The sink had no vanity and all the plumbing was hanging underneath. There was a window in the tub, which had moisture problems. There was a filthy laundry chute where there could have been a vanity. Laundry chutes present a serious fire hazard. Though I liked the pink, I found that bathroom dysfunctional and impractical, and was relieved when we moved to a 1988 house in 91. It had a properly working bathroom, had a fan, a tub surround, a vanity (Formica, but still an improvement). In 2005 we moved to our present 1991 house with cheap fibreglass tub surrounds (instead of acrylic) and ugly counters, old copper plumbing from a salvage yard, no doubt, instead of PVC. The main tub disintegrated totally. My cramped, cheap bathrooms can not hold a candle to the luxurious 90s bathrooms you showed.

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