The house that A. Brandt Ranch Oak built: Gorgeous 1967 mid-century time capsule house in Fort Worth, Texas — 30 photos

Not yet on the MLS!

mid century 1967 time capsule houseTour-a-Time-CapsuleToday” A stunning, transitional mid-century modern time capsule house for sale by retro Realtor Ed Murchison in Fort Worth, Texas. You haven’t seen this one all over the internet — because it’s not on the MLS yet! We discovered it after we featured another of Ed’s time-capsule house listings on Monday. And what a discovery! This 1967 gem was designed by area architect Lee Roy Hahnfeld for the members of the family that built A. Brandt Ranch Oak furniture. There have been two owners since — but they have been amazing caretakers and virtually all the house’s original finishes — down to the pinch pleats! — are still in place. Note, we’re calling the house ‘transitional’ because some of the original features speak more to the late 1960s — even hinting at the 1970s. No matter what you call it, call it gorgeous! But take a look for yourself, we have 30 great photos by Shoot2Sell Photography –>

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Listing agent Ed Murchison describes the house, its history and its features in the listing:

  • Year built: 1967
  • Price: $375,000
  • Square footage: 3,400
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2.5

Rare opportunity to see this incredible home. The proportions of a beautiful little museum!  Facing the gently rolling hills in the Eastern Hills section of Fort Worth, this is an exceptional home designed in 1967 by noted Fort Worth architect Lee Roy Hahnfeld for George and Mary Childs Brandt.

travertine-floors-retroWith views through abundant glass walls to the south and west, the home overlooks the fairway of the 4th hole on the Meadowbrook Golf Course. Upon pulling up to the circular drive, your guests will know they have arrived at a very special home. Composed of clean horizontal lines of white brick, the long entry walkway leads to a custom metal screen and then into an outdoor courtyard. Once the elegant red double doors are opened, the home opens up in all directions with views of another private courtyard to one side, the original travertine fireplace flanked by floor to ceiling windows in the great room to the back and endless views of the golf course to the other side. The atrium gallery with 12′ decorative ceilings is an impressive space from which all of the other spaces flow. There is no hallway and no wasted space in this ingenious layout that was designed for entertaining. Original terrazzo floors can be found throughout the atrium and main living spaces.

retro-green-kitchenThe kitchen is all original with solid wood cabinetry and custom built-ins that continue into the bar area that would make any “Mad Man” happy to be home.   The spacious master suite features a large master bath with glass tile counters. [Pam and I add: We really dig the acid yellow ceramic tile counter tops and backsplash. It’s interesting to see how this 1967 house bridges some of the classics of mid-century modern design reaching into what we associate with 1970s design — in particular, chunky tile and more complex cabinet door styles.]

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We asked Murchison, are ALL the finishes original. He said that there have been only a few changes. For example, the original wallpaper in this bathroom and also behind behind the bed in the master bedroom needed to replaced — but that the new owners found very faithful reproductions that came close to replicating the original designs.

The guest bath is truly impressive and features the original peacock blue tiles.  Built for a local furniture maker, this home has beautiful original built-ins, wall panels and solid wood doors throughout.  The quality of design and materials used really set this house apart.  Just imagine sitting on the elevated terrace sipping a martini as you look out over the rolling hills in front of you…and then pinch yourself. It is real…and it could be yours!

vintage-wallpaper-kitchenWe love Ed’s copywriting — talk about M[ad Men] style 😉

And wow: This house! The attention to detail in this home is simply wonderful. Just look at the way the wallpaper in the photo of the kitchen above coordinates with the draperies.

And Pam and I both want to say: We loooooooooooooove the blue bathroom!

mid-century-wallpaper-accent-wallmid century modern living room As someone who doesn’t usually go for wallpaper, I’ll admit that I love the way it is used in this house. The combination of wallpapered accent walls framed with wood really appeals to me.

We also note what looks to be a mathematical precision in sizing the focal points on each wall so that they are the same size? So relaxing to the eye. Such craftsmanship by the architect!

Oh: And a coral-colored Eero Saarinen Womb chair? We’ll take that, too, please.

retro-wallpaper-accent-wallRepeating the motif of “framed” wallpaper, in the bedroom wallpaper is used to cover an entire accent wall, but in this case it is framed by the bumped out portions of the wall at either end. These methods of creating wallpapered accent walls are a great inspiration for how to decorate a room using a limited amount of vintage (or new) wallpaper. Hey, is that a Barzilay Multispan?

retro barAbove: Ed told us that all the wood cabinetry was made at the company’s furniture factory. It’s super solid oak, he says. The inside the bedroom closets — also lined with furniture-grade cabinetry and organizers and such (no photos), “Look like Nieman Marcus,” he said.

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dining room with view to patio

Notice how the outside patio is framed and visible — like another work of art — from inside the house.

We also love the back patio — where light, landscaping and art all come together to create drama and interest visible outside — and in. What a magical space. What a magical house!

Mega thanks again to realtor Ed Murchison for granting us permission to feature photos of this house and to Shoot2Sell Photography for taking the photos.

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Comments

  1. Carol says

    Another treasure in the treasure chest! Wow! Home Depot or Lowes carried a 3 inch tile on 12×12 sheets in a blue similar to the blue bathroom. The tile didn’t have as much peacock blue in it though. If you look at the sculpture above the toilet and imagine that as a watermark on the blue tile, that’s an idea of what it looks like. It is amazing tile and I should have stocked up, but had no idea it looks so great in a bathroom. I’ve always been a neutral gal, but this website is changing my mind. Sorry I can’t remember which store carried it. It was still in stock a couple of years ago. A flooring associate should know the maker because it was in stock for 10 years in TN.

  2. Rick S says

    Kate,
    I admire the amount of thought that went into this house. The built-ins are beyond what you normally find in a home.

    I think from the photo of the bar area that the vertical panel on each side of the bar is a full height (piano) hinge that leads me to think the panel closes like a door. How great is that?

    The blue bathroom has a sculpture over the toilet that looks like a early Curtil Jere. Their work started about 1963 or so. Fine art for the masses.

    The blue tile looks like what we replaced in the foyer of our c1978 colonial. The tile was coming up in several places and the 32 year old matching blue carpet in livingroom, diningroom and stairs and upper hall needed to be replaced.
    We found a man who was delighed to get the 1001 pieces for his kitchen counters and backsplash. It did make us feel better that it found a new/old home.
    rick

  3. sarah says

    This house was built by my husband’s grandparents. It looks just like old pictures I’ve seen. He and the rest of the family are so happy they kept everything so close to original. I wish we could buy it!

    • JKM says

      Having roamed around the neighborhood, I’ve always admired this house and am pleased to see the virtual tour. It’s as lovely inside as I’d imagined. Meadowbrook is a lovely, hidden neighborhood.

  4. says

    The layout is really perfect for entertaining. Although modern designs seem assume their entertaining value with “open living” designs, I like how this has areas which do not seem to revolve around a kitchen.

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