adrian pearsall 1962 house
Many thanks to reader Jamie, who alerted me on Saturday that the home that Adrian Pearsall designed and built for his family outside Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, in 1962-1964 is coming on the market for sale for the very first time. In fact, I reached out to the agent — Mr. Pearsall’s son Jim Pearsall — immediately, and found that the MLS listing for the house only was going online yesterday, May 1. You read it here first! What an AMAZING house!

adrian pearsall 1962 house

Here is more detail about the house, which is listed for $1.5 million, from the real estate listing:

In 1962, at the height of mid-century furniture designer Adrian Pearsall’s career, Adrian created an atomic age masterpiece. Mr. Pearsall realized a dream by designing his family’s new home, nestled in the Lehigh Valley. Educated as an architect, Adrian incorporated every available modern convenience into a 10,000 s.f. ranch.

indoor pool adrian pearsall 1964 homeFinished in 1964, his six bedroom home was complete with an indoor pool, floor to ceiling glass, interior stone walls, custom fireplaces, multiple courtyards and a spectacular reflecting pond to mark the dining area.

adrian pearsall kitchen with ice cream bar

Unusual amenites include a full-sized ice cream bar & fountain, atriums, photo dark room, enormous indoor pool area, extensive skylights & indoor/outdoor pet area. Regulation fenced tennis court and large enclosed rear yard provide year round enjoyment for all sorts of activities…  adrian pearsall house family room

This is a dream house, and the new owner will own an amazing piece of Atomic Age history.

What an amazing house… such an important part of mid century design history. Thank you, Jamie, for the tip. And thank you very much, Jim Pearsall, for giving me permission to feature these photographs.

Read more about this house and Pearsall:

  1. Joe Felice says:

    OK, the problem is “How does one know when he has something worth preserving?” We all admire those select-few geniuses who kept their mid-century homes in mint condition, but I suspect most of us went with the flow and re-decorated as periods changed. I mean, we, too, had a 1964 home, but by the ’70s, we had to redecorate, because it seemed so gross. Fast forward 50 years, and I would give anything to have that house back in its original condition! (I’ll bet the original GE appliances would still be working!) Maybe it’s that we become smarter with age, or maybe we are just washed over by the wave of nostalgia. Memories do seem to become more important as we get older. Those of us in the retro movement certainly do have a keen appreciation and vivid memories of “back then,” but which of us was brilliant enough not to ever touch a thing and to preserve our mid-century glamour? I mean, pink? Turquoise? Who would have thought?

    If we keep everything as it is in our homes today, is it possible that, in 50 years, people will be dying to have what we got? Even as blah as it is? Just askin’ . . .

  2. pam kueber says:

    This is, of course, a question for the ages. Over the years of doing this blog, I am ever-stronger in my belief that there is nothing “wrong” per se with the design / trends of any decade. Everyone is trying to make their homes “beautiful”, defined on their own terms. I think that one of the interesting things about this decade is going to be that actual new-home construction is so very weak – and I bet, likely to stay that way for a long time – that we are not going to see a definitive “2010s design style” that harmoniously combines both architecture and interior ornamentation. This differs from previous eras — that is, 50s houses were “50s houses” pretty clearly both inside and out.. This will be a decade of cosmetic changes only. As to what’s worth keeping? The good stuff. Which is pretty loosely defined, but speaks probably to the old tried-and-true: Quality, craftsmanship, aesthetics, durability, rarity.

  3. Joel Bergsman says:

    The street address is 1950 ENGLEWOOD TERRACE, Forty Fort, PA. It’s a cul-de-sac in a neighborhood of small, old single family houses on small lots that are worth, I’m guessing, less than $100k each. The entire town of Forty Fort, a suburb of Wilkes-Barre, has been economically depressed more or less constantly since the death of anthracite coal mining around the 1950s, and the subsequent rise of imports of clothing a few years later. I was born and raised there and my late father lived about one mile from this house for thirty years until his death in the 1980s. The house is gorgeous but I wonder what anyone who could afford it would do in that area. If real estate value is “location location location” then this house is worth maybe $100k or less. Sad to say…

  4. Joel Bergsman says:

    oops, i posted to soon. apparently the property was sold just a few months ago, July 2013, for $500k. just a bit under the old asking price of $1.5m.

    I guess if I were one of the few families in the area with any money — successful doctor or lawyer, for example — I could have picked up a marvelous bargain. Where I live now that house would be worth maybe $4m or more. And that’s in a modest neigborhood!

  5. Elizabeth Boody says:

    The house recently sold in January 2015 for only $125,000! That’s equivalent to 10 pieces of Pearsall furniture. Wonder what went wrong.

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