1962 GE time capsule kitchen – for sale

Nathan recently purchased a 1962 time capsule home. He truly appreciates the beauty and history in this blonde wood kitchen full of pristine, museum-quality appliances not to mention a fabulous pink porcelain drainboard sink. But, he is himself a craftsman and furniture maker, and has his own creative vision for a mid-century inspired kitchen of his dreams. So, now he is trying to find the right buyer for this mint, unused 1962 kitchen including a pink General Electric combination wall mount refrigerator, a pink GE automatic electric built-In oven, a pink GE cooktop, a pink GE dishwasher, and a pink cast iron double bowl sink.

UPDATE: As of Feb 2015 — this kitchen HAS BEEN REMOVED AND SOLD.

Nathan purchased the home late last year from the original owner, who built the house but for personal reasons never lived in it. Oh my, the kitchen is a real beauty.

Once the shock wears off, be sure to notice also the mosaic tile on the floor, and the four-inch tiles on the backsplash, on the soffits, on the wall in the dinette. I’ve never seen tile on soffits, for example. The cabinets — the pink countertops and appliances — the tile — and the light — all combine to make this a luminous kitchen indeed.

Oh, and I’ve never seen scribing (I think that’s what it’s called) of the ‘vents’ underneath the sink and cooktop like this before. The atomic cabinet pulls are gorgeous, too — note, Nathan plans to keep the cabinet hardware.

Nathan for sure is selling the appliances and the drainboard sink. The kitchen, he fears, will not demo well, because it is built directly into the walls. But it’s a possibility that it could also be removed intact.

Finally, I want to forewarn: No chest beating, please, in Comments, over Nathan’s decision not to keep this kitchen. I have never ever said this site is all about having to keep everything original. At its heart, in addition to identifying resources, I’m about just helping people understand what they have in their homes so that they can make informed decisions. Nathan knows what he has, and wants the kitchen to go to someone who will truly be able to love it. (The gorgeous vintage light fixture – stays.)

Click on the gallery shot above to go to Nathan’s flickr photostream to see more photos. You can also see some of his custom furniture by Nathan Chandler — I’ll feature some of his mid-century inspired pieces shortly. Thank you, Nathan, for giving us the opportunity to see your kitchen and potentially, to help find it a good home.

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Comments

  1. Ian Foutz says

    Is this still available? How can I contact Nathan directly? I just purchased a house built in ’61 and want to keep the mid century theme. Help please!!!

    • pam kueber says

      Kitchen is long gone.

      NOTE: I am closing comments on this story — which was originally published in 2010 — because they are getting repetitive.

      • Ian Foutz says

        I think all of the confusion is because nobody knows what happened to the kitchen. You said a few years ago that the kitchen was “long gone” but then Nathan said it was still available and then disappeared again.

  2. Tari Emery says

    I absolutely love this. In 1990 we purchased a home that had been built in the late 1800’s. It had been remodeled in the 1950’s and had the pink built in refrigerator, the pink countertop stove, and the built in oven. I loved them all. After a job change, I sold the home in 2008, and so wish that I had kept the home that I dearly loved.
    When I saw these pictures, so many memories can back to me, of raising my family in the home “with the pink appliances.” It would be wonderful to have a chance at remodeling my kitchen and incorporating the lovely pink appliances.

  3. John K says

    Reminds me so much of my uncle and aunt’s kitchen – – very, very similar, right down to the GE appliances and draw pulls. In fact, this is the most similar kitchen I’ve ever seen to the old place. My cousin hated the kitchen and when her parents moved into a retirement home a few years ago she took control of the estate and promptly hired someone to “update” the kitchen with HD appliances, counter and cabinets. I offered (begged, really) to buy the kitchen and to pay for it’s removal, but she just wanted the place sold ASAP and that was the last anyone saw of that beautiful kitchen.

  4. Trish says

    Just pause a moment and imagine you are a 50 year old woman walking into your daughters 1962 modern marvel. I realize in our standards today this kitchen seems outdated and ancient, but if you were that woman walking into her daughters kitchen….you would have been awe struck. Imagine what the mother had when she was a kid. A coal stove maybe? A pump sink? Just think how far advanced this was to her….it probably seemed space age. For that I can appreciate the beauty in this kitchen. This place was kept in pristine condition and I applaud whomever was the housewife that kept that kitchen up. She was a hard worker.

    • pam kueber says

      My story is the ORIGINAL STORY written FIVE YEARS AGO! — all those “other postings” were taken from my original. The owner of this house told me 1962.