The top-10 time capsule houses of 2013

vintage-woodwork-knotty-pine#1 Seattle, Washington house with same owners for 70+ years with an “S.S. Take It Easy” basement danish-modern-house-exterior#2 An awe-inspiring 1961 Minneapolis mid century mod marvel by architect John Polivka
vintage-pink-and-aqua-tiled-bathroom#3 This Grosse Pointe, Michigan mansion has seven vintage pastel bathrooms nom nom pink-and-black-vintage-bathroom-1940s-ceramic-tile#4 There are five vintage bathrooms in this 1942 Portland, Oregon time capsule
red-living-room#5 Over the top 1962 time capsule in Mendota Heights, Minn. — renovated in the 70s? We digg it.
retro-plaid-carpet#6 This 1978 time capsule house in Shoemakersville, PA has us feeling forever plaid
modern-green-palm-springs-house2#7 A 1967 flower power time capsule condo in Palm Desert, Calif. as bright as the desert sun
vintage-wall-oven#8 1958 mid-century modest, Asian inspired farm house by architect Henry Klein
Mid-century-midieval-room-with-wall-mount-fireplace#9 1960 storybook ranch with a stunning Hollywood Regency interior in Dedham, Mass.
mid-century-living-room-with-freestanding-fireplace#10 That 70s ski chalet in Oro Medonte, Ontario — that inspired a story in a national newspaper!

What a fun year we had here on Retro Renovation! Readers seem to love the time capsule houses best of all, so I thought that while Kate and I take some time off to celebrate Christmas with our families, we’d showcase this highlight — our top1- time capsule houses of the year. I counted 26 time capsule houses in 2013 in all. Most of them came from reader tips — THANK YOU and KEEP ‘EM COMING! I played Queen and chose the top-10 based on my assessment of vintage amazingness (Show me something I’ve never seen before) plus reader response. How much fun can one blog have? Quite a bit, that’s for sure! Have a SAFE and happy holiday, everyone. We’ll be back with new stories on Dec. 26.


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  1. midmichigan says

    A great subject post, Pam! You’ve done another fine job this year and as a frequent reader appreciate it very much! Thank you.

  2. Robin, NV says

    The one in Palm Springs reminded me that Modernism Week is coming in February. I checked on tickets and they’re almost sold out.

    I still love the ski chalet the best.

  3. Puddletown Cheryl says

    A Happy Holiday shout out to RR lovers everywere, Pam and Kate especially. Love the time capsules and I am happy that one of my suggestions is #8. Ho Ho Ho!

  4. Mary Elizabeth says

    Spent most of the day wrapping gifts and am just coming to this story now. How cool to revisit these places! I still love the 1942 Portland house with its multiple pastel baths the best. I didn’t have time to save up the $800,000 to make a bid on it before it sold. 🙂

    Merry, merry Christmas to Pam and Kate and all their RetroReno buddies who talk more (pastel) potty talk than any of my grandsons. (“Why did you get a pink potty, Meema? Oh, cool! I see! It makes my pee pink.”)

  5. Sid says

    Thanks for all the work you both do and for the many time-well-spent-hours you’ve given us all enjoying the tips, time capsules, and other fun stuff on the site. Merry Christmas!
    Nanaimo, BC, Canada

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