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.

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

mid century modern entry way

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

slate floor

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. Kathy says

    WOW! Just amazing! It’s really beautiful. I love the slate floors. The lighting is too much for me, but the subdued tones are different than what I thought of before. Very nice!

    • Christopher j Budai says

      Yes a increadable home simple but very elegant at the same time,its a shame that homes like this are not built that much anymore hope who ever buys it does not gut the interior that would be a horrible thing

  2. Mark E. says

    Pam, How do I send you a link for a timec apsule realestate listing I just ran across in suburban Chicago?

  3. says

    My pulse actually quickened as I reviewed the photos; a physiologic reaction to the most awesome home I’ve ever seen.

    There is nothing like MCA. Magnificent. Brilliant. Nirvana. When I die, I want to haunt this house.

  4. Bill says

    I kept waiting for Betty and Don Draper to show up in one of the pictures! The fixtures and cabinetry in the kitchen blew my mind! Of course there’s a P.A. system. You’d wear your lungs out trying to yell for your spouse to get ready in that house. I would eat Ramen noodles for the rest of my life if it meant I could get enough dough to live there. This is a testament to what happens when you take care of your stuff. Obviously no children ever lived here.

  5. Tammy says

    Amazing house. Is the dishwasher located in front of the living room carpet? I’m not saying this correctly–but it looks like a dishwasher at the end of the run of cabinets and that the carpet is in front of it.

  6. Jamie says

    I love mid century modern and this house is beautiful. But the carpet . I’d have shag carpet over that!

  7. Jamie says

    Hi, all! The link to info about the architect doesn’t work. But I googled him — he designed the “cloverleaf” for highways!

  8. Andrew Rota says

    We are planning to restore our home in the coming years. We would love to do something similar to the custom pattern slate flooring. Does anyone have any info on the design? It would be a great help. If not I guess ill be making the pattern myself and cutting a lot of custom slate!

  9. andrew says

    the house is incredible. i would love to live there. perfect example of good design lasting decades and not needing to be “updated” every few years. it looks so contemporary today.

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