Five vintage pastel bathrooms in this lovely 1942 capsule house — Portland, Oregon — 13 photos

Portland-time-capsule-with-five-pastel-bathsTour-a-Time-CapsuleWow. Not one. Not two. Not three. Not four. Yes: Five beautiful time capsule bathrooms in this 1942 house — just listed for sale — in Portland, Oregon. I received a call from real estate agent Susan Cassidy this evening, and on hearing the story, we rushed these photos on to the blog. It seems very unusual, to me, to see so many bathrooms in a house from 1942 — deep in the midst of the war years. And they are like a veritable catalog of the colors in vogue. Which color bathroom would you choose? Let’s look at more of the photos from this house — and you can take our quiz to see if we have a favorite. Oh, yes, and there’s more to this house than the bathrooms, of course: A beautiful, charming exterior… lovely moldings… and a knotty pine basement with built-in bar. 13 photos in all — and a large-size slide show at the end –>

We are rushing this story to press (so to speak) tonight … and it’s late … so we’ll keep the commentary short (for now) and let the (fabulous) photos tell the story… Let’s start with the charming exterior, I guess I’d call this a Tudor (?)… I want to say Dutch Colonial, but the roof line is wrong… anyway, kind of Tudor, kind of Colonial:

1943-brick-colonial-house-exterior1940s-brick-colonial-house-ext brick-doorway-entrance-1940s-cape-codAbove: Yikes, the brickwork around the entry way is phenomenal. Here’s the listing information:

This home was designed by Richard Sundeleaf and is full or rich detail. Spacious and inviting. The original features include gorgeous 1940’s baths, large master suite with sitting area, 2nd master on the main, classic “mad men” style rec room, hardwoods throughout, built ins, and lots of light. Storage everywhere, 2 car attached garage and sun room.

  • Price: $859,000
  • Year built: 1942
  • Traditional 2 story, Lap siding, wood, attached garage, full basement – partially finished, corner lot.
  • Sq. Ft.: 6,458
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Full Bathrooms: 5
  • Interior Features: Dumbwaiter, Garage Door Opener, Hardwood Floors, Laundry, Wood Floors, Solar TubeExterior Features:Fenced, Garden, Patio, Storm Window
  • Kitchen Appliances:Down Draft, Built-in Dishwasher, Disposal, Pantry, Free-Standing Range
  • Fireplace Description:Wood
  • Number of Fireplaces: 3

1940s-pink-ceramic-tile-bathroom-and-dressing-area 1940s-pink-ceramic-tile-bathroomdental sinkBathroom #1 is pink and pink… Update: Listing agent tells me that, not visible in the photo above, there is a “dental sink” — see my story about dental sinks here. 
pink-and-black-vintage-bathroom-1940s-ceramic-tileBathroom #2 is pink and black…

vintage-black-and-white-ceramic-tile-bath-1940sBathroom #3 is white and black…


Bathroom #4, pink and blue…Hey, remember Nora’s pink and blue bathroom — original owner in her original bathroom!?

yellow-and-black-ceramic-tile-vintage-bathroomBathroom #5 is yellow and black….

Which vintage bathroom is your favorite?




Oh… and we’re not done yet. Keep going:

Knotty-pine-den-with-fireplace knotty-pine-office-with-parquet-floors knotty-pine-paneling-in-rec-room-basement knotty-pine-rec-room-with-sputnik-light-and-fireplace

Many thanks to real estate agent Susan Cassidy for calling with this spectacular listing — and for giving us permission to feature these gorgeous photos for our forever-archive. Let’s find this house a buyer!



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:

  1. Susan Lacy says:

    Normally, I’d say the pink and blue. But the aqua walls above the black and white tile is calling my name……

  2. Megan says:

    I can say that the pink bathroom was preserved! It’s the bathroom in a dreamy Airbnb that I stayed in on a business trip to Portland (mainly because of the bath)!

  3. Kathy says:

    Wow, what a great house. The exterior is a little clunky to my eyes, perhaps some of the exterior detail was scaled back in deference to the war, or to bring a more modern look, but the interior is fabulous and so full of light. Like other posters, I hope the vintage bathrooms were retained.

    I also hope that the original windows with the at the time really modern horizontal muntins are kept. Such windows are more typical post-war. They flow so nicely from space to space and match so well in size and placement. Modern replacement windows tend to vary the size of the muntins so they are not consistent in the whole house. Such attention to detail is common in older houses, but not as much today.

  4. carey says:

    I’m hoping you can help … I’m in the process of purchasing a 1960’s ranch style home, and while it doesn’t have the complete “vintage blue bathroom” there is one that has a blue tile countertop that makes me think of these. I love the tile, and wouldn’t dream of pulling it out or painting it – but I want to do something with the cabinets beneath and the wall color to compliment it …. maybe something eclectic. Any ideas? I don’t think I can post a picture (don’t have a website) – totally just beginning in my DIY adventures.

    1. pam kueber says:

      See Bathroom Help / Readers and their Bathrooms for ideas….

      Also type bathroom vanity into the search box – lots of stories full of ideas should come up.


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