Tour a time capsule house: 1975 groove pad, Fort Scott, Kansas

retro-mod-bedroomTour-a-Time-CapsuleBold, retro interior decor done right is so exciting — like the bedroom above in a time capsule house spotted by reader Terri. Not many people these days go for matching bedspreads, wallpaper and draperies, let alone orange carpet when decorating a room. Even if this style isn’t your cup of tea, you have to admit that it is magical and can instantly transport you to the groovalicious 70s. It is impossible not to smile when you see a sunny, happy, flower power filled room like this — and there are many more amazing retro design touches in this 1975 time capsule house in Fort Scott, Kansas — listed by Realtor Crystal Mason from H&H Agency, Inc.


From the listing:

Price: $399,950
Year Built: 1975
Square footage: 4,184
Beds: 4 Bed
Baths: 4 Bath

MidCentury Modern Meets 21st Century Destination! This MidCentury Modern home, in remarkable original condition, is a true work of art using wood, stone, and glass.


The 4,000 plus square foot residence features signature MidCentury details including, wood vaulted ceiling, double sided rock fireplaces and multiple rooms opening onto a large central atrium. There is a creative use of interior space with floors divided on split levels or through sunken spaces designed for conversation or lounging. Home is ideal for entertaining! There are 4 large bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 half baths, a full finished basement, 2 laundry rooms, enclosed sunroom with fireplace, and 6 fireplaces. Also, a 2 car attached garage, plus small garage for golf cart, greenhouse and fenced yard.

retro-living-roomYou’ll notice that several materials are repeated throughout the house — both on the interior and exterior — that give the home a cohesive design feel. The stone on the exterior of the house is repeated in the fireplace.

vintage-tiled-tub-areaThe large, checkerboard tiles in the entryway and front porch are mirrored in the bathroom tiles.

retro-dining-roomEven the paneling in the dining room is related to the exterior siding — both in color and width.

metallic-wallpaperThis groovy bathroom has what looks to be metallic yellow plaid wallpaper — and cheery blue sinks.

retro-rec-roomI love the lower rec room — not just for the neat-o furniture, but also for that built-in bar and exposed staircase.

If you are interested in this property, contact Realtor Crystal Mason from H&H Agency at (855) 470-9562 or email

Mega thanks to Crystal Mason and the sellers for allowing us to feature these amazing photos, and to reader Terri for alerting us to this fabulous 1975 gem.

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  1. Joe Felice says

    That bedroom is classic ’70s–wild on top of wild. The only thing it needs is to have the furniture and trim painted orange (or yellow). Brown or green flooring would have made the rest of the home fall in line.

  2. Peter says

    I just bought this exact same bedroom furniture from a Scituate, MA home decorated by interior designer Phil Smith, circa 1960’s. The owners told me the bedroom furniture came from Charak in Boston. Charak Modern boasted collections by Tommi Parzinger and Donald Deskey. I have the Full size headboard, pair of nightstands, long dresser and tall dresser. THese will be listed soon on

  3. george says

    I love every cotton pickin’ thing about this house. If I had the money, I’d buy it tomorrow.

    I just hope the new buyers don’t change a thing. Nothing.

  4. JKM says

    Reminds me of my friend’s house when I was in high school in Dallas. Down the street from us and built in the early 1970’s, everybody called the style of her house “California Contemporary” – and it was wonderful. Stone, stucco, wood, walls of glass, open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, sunken living rooms, open balconies overlooking lower living areas, game room, and two wet bars all hanging off a hillside lot…complete with a three car open carport off a big circular driveway. Sigh. Her parents sold it years ago but, last year, I was excited to see the listing online with many interior photos. What a disappointment – someone had junked it up with faux “it might be Tuscan” decor, granite, tumbled marble, rusty light fixtures and all other sorts of everyday yet expensive trends. It was ruined. Plus they’d enclosed the carport with three roll-up doors. I don’t get it and certainly hope nobody does the same to this house. It’s just not the right type of house for that.

  5. MARK says

    Wow, talk about preserved! Although I am definitely not a fan of the 70’s, you have to respect how this individual followed and preserved everything that would have been cutting edge in 1975. Unfortunately the 1970’s threw whatever it could against a wall and hoped it would stick…lol

  6. says

    Real estate is such a funny thing… That’s about what I paid for my studio apartment in NY. It’s worth more now.

    I love that style, so confident and exuberant – the four poster bed is a knockout!

  7. HeatherR says

    Oh how I love it. I live in a 1970’s time capsule so I am a bit swayed by the 70’s style. My home is more of the 70’s Mediterranean style. I LOVE it.

  8. Janice Hite says

    I wanted to pass on a little information on this house. My father built this home (he is now 87) and enjoyed looking back and remembering different things. One thing was that the roof in the back of the house you might have noticed is set back. That is because there was a large oak tree and everyone wanted it saved. Another thing he remembered was the California Redwood. Needless to say it was a big deal back then. Thanks for showcasing the home – dad was pleased.

  9. Brian says

    Am I the only person that sees a person hiding under the basement stairs (under table). In black and white only, when the rest of the room is bright?

    Truly creeped out. What is it?

  10. Ed says

    Crazy, I have family there! Be sure to spend some time (and money) at the Fort and adjacent downtown area, if you get that way. Country Cupboard, Iron Star, and the used book store are can’t miss retro icons, at least to me.

  11. Lori says

    This house was built by an attorney and his wife in my hometown, it was about 1/2 block from my parents house. I’m sure most of the furniture came from my parents furniture store at the time. I was never in it, but I understand that it had a large tree growing in the middle of it. My parents house was built about 10 years before it in the mid 60’s and still hasn’t been updated either.

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