Stunning, spectacular 1961 mid-century modern time capsule house in Minnesota — 66 photos!

mic century modern house 1961Tour-a-Time-CapsuleFor this 1961 time capsule house, by architect John Polivka just outside Minneapolis, I’m pulling out all my favorite adjectives, this house is: Stunning, spectacular, amazing, jaw-dropping, drop-dead gorgeous. Thanks to selling agent Jacob Smith of Sotheby’s International Realty for giving us permission to feature this house, and to reader Dan, who sent us this tip! Pictures tell this story, so move along, we worked overtime this Friday night to load up a slide show 66 beautiful photos — taken by Mike McCaw of Spacecrafting — who clearly had immense fun capturing the gorgeous linearity of this house on camera.  

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According to the listing, this house was built in 1961. Covering just over 4,100 s.f., it has four bedrooms and fours baths. It sits on fully recreational Sweeney Lake and is just five minutes from Minneapolis. It is for sale for $1.25 million. A hefty sum, yes, but just keep lookin’ and you will understand.

Alas, we have rushed these photos to the blog so fast that we do not have information on the architect. The house seems to be a study in linearity. It also appears to have been impeccably maintained.

Update: Thanks to Retro Love Affair, who told us that the architect was John Polivka – you can read his biography here. You can also see another Polivka house, from 1959 – #6 on Retro Love Affair’s story about a 1959 Polivka design featured on a local home tour.

Take a look at a quick selection of shots, then head to the gallery below:

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mid century modern entrywaymid century modern family roommid century modern fireplacebeamed ceiling

Note the restrained palette — a rich warm brown brown, light colored brick, black slate tile and beams:

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mid century modern living room

mid century modern dining roommid century modrn kitchen

mid century modern kitchen

And pay attention — the two kitchen photo aboves — that is LIGHTING underneath all those beamed panels on the ceiling. This lighting design is repeated in bathrooms and throughout the house — that is, minimal use of “ceiling fixtures”, upstairs especially. The vintage refrigerators are Revco, I’d guess — see this story.

And, oh my my, take a look at the staircase: Again, linearity is the rule of the day:

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In the bathrooms, note the use of small square mosaic tiles — this is EASILY REPLICATED today!

sunken tub bathroom mid century modern bathroomretro bathroom vanityThe house is situated to enjoy the vista across Sweeney Lake:

mid-century-house-ranchYes, we like to show lots of mid century modest houses here on the blog — because they are wonderful, too, and we do not want them to get lost in the shuffle of the seemingly ever-onward aspirations in our society today. That said, we ADORE a gorgeous, architect mid-century modern masterpiece as much as the next person. Golly heck, we adore this house!

Repeat of link love:

Tips to view slide show: Click on first image… it will enlarge and you can also read my captions… move forward or back via arrows below the photo… you can start or stop at any image:

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  1. Kelly says

    This is the most incredible home I’ve ever seen! It makes me so happy just to look at it. I hope the lucky buyers live happily ever after there!

  2. JKM says

    I wonder if anyone would care if I sat in the yard and just stared at the house all day. I’d bring my own chair. I can’t take my eyes off it.

  3. Bud says

    I have never commented on anything like this before, never felt the need to, but this home has me seriously contemplating a move from Southern California. It is perfection. Is the rest of the neighborhood MCM? Just curious, as I would love to live in a community of MCM homes. Hard to find in So Cal, there seems to be quite a bit in this area of the country. I guess I can just hibernate in the winter, it’s one heck of a cave!

  4. JT3 says

    Best example I have seen on this website or others. Amazing. The heating bill would be my only concern, being on a lake in MN.

  5. J D Log says

    That’s what I was thinking Stephanie. I love the garage and carport I could see a beautiful Lincoln, Cadillac or Imperial of the period parked there.

  6. Carole says

    There are some houses you step inside of and there are ALWAYS things you want/need to change, but this house….omg….would.not.change.a.thing. Beautiful. So ahead of it’s time….Fabulous architect to have designed a home that still looks modern and liveable today.

    The only thing I question…is that the dishwasher situated so far from the sink, and with carpet in front of it? Wouldn’t like that a whole bunch. ;-)

  7. Teresa says

    It’s stunning plus every other superlative you can think of. I can almost hear Sinatra singing in the background. You could film an episode of Mad Men here and hardly change a thing. Please please lucky new owners, I hope you keep this gem true to it’s style.

  8. Beverly says

    That kitchen is just impeccable (heck the whole house is impeccable)! The appliances are so current but fit the style of the house so well. This is what I look for in mid century… I can just see myself puttering around those grand hallways in heaven. But alas the price.

  9. Cysco says

    I love my house and it’s not often that I see another house and think “yah, I’d take that over my place.” But DAMN! I’d dump my place so fast to live there. (please don’t tell my house I said that) :-)

    That is one STUNNING house.

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