Many thanks to reader Dana Kay for spotting this 1955 time capsule house in Tulsa, Oklahoma. What is that material on the wall of the living room adjacent to the kitchen — the material also on the kitchen cabinet???

Also, as you are going through the slide shows — take note of the way this “shelf lighting” — is that what it’s called? — is installed.

Squinch: The integrated window valence — that looks like the same wood as is on the walls — with pinch pleats tucked behind — also is genius. See the rounded stone (brick) fireplace…. all the original vintage wallpaper… gorgeous original window treatments… awesome time capsule bathrooms.  Overall: Great time capsule kitchen… great bathrooms, living room, Do you want to own a gorgeous time capsule house in Tulsa, Oklahoma? Here it is!

Link: This house is listed by Larry Harral of McGraw Realty. Thank you, Larry, for permission to feature a few photos. See more photos — and video — on his site.

  1. Robert S says:

    Just saw this old post. That raised grain wood paneling was used in a few houses here in Houston and R. Shannon is correct, it is sandblasted plywood. It cannot be duplicated today because the plywood they make now is not the same type/quality and would not hold up to the sandblasting treatment nor create the same effect. In one house I know of the kitchen cabinets were made with this material and the blueprints referred to it as “wedgewood.” I have never heard it referenced as such anywhere else, usually it is just referred to as sandblasted plywood.

  2. Carole says:

    I have never seen a kitchen that large without the aid of a remodel! That’s huge! The other rooms are quite large as well. Good luck with the work. Enjoy your new home.

  3. R. Shannon Hall says:

    We bought this house in February of this year and are remodeling it. It’s been changed over the years and therefore is not a time capsule. Our goal was to save it from being torn down and to try to bring it back to the style and personality a mid century ranch was meant to have. It is sprawling. Historically, it was a one family home, had relay switch lighting, an intercom system (the AM radio and clock still work) and a three car garage. The paneling you see was created by sandblasting the softer wood leaving a raised texture. Originally the paneling was close to an avocado color with black accents. The kitchen was pink and black and had a suspended refrigerator. We hate that it had to be changed in any way but the cost of restoration versus the lot value of a tear down prohibits a true restoration. But, we’re confident that we can bring back its ambiance and vibe. We’ll keep you posted on the work.

    1. pam kueber says:

      Congratulations, R. Shannon! We’re so happy the house found appreciative buyers. I’ll email you personally separately. I would love to stay in touch and see what you decide to do with this house. Many thanks!!!

  4. Jacki Carroll says:

    I showed this listing to my husband who instantly tried to figure out how we could buy it as a second home. We haven’t even closed on the one we’re in the process of buying in Phoenix yet LOL. He loves original MCMs more than I do! Cool house!!! I hope someone buys it who will love it the way it is and not “granitize” it.

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