1954 Texas time capsule house — original cork floors, gorgeous brick work & more — 26 photos

retro-steel-kitchen-cabinets-st-charlesTour-a-Time-CapsuleGet ready for some gorgeous aqua St. Charles kitchen cabinets and pretty pink bathrooms because today’s Time Capsule Tour — a 1954 brick ranch listed for sale by Realtor Ed Murchinson in Sulphur Springs, Texas — has original details that will wow. This architect-designed house is absolutely dreamy: We adore all the exposed brick, the cork floors laid in a herringbone pattern, the beamed ceilings, the brick fence outside — and two pink bathrooms, of course! Thanks to a tip from reader Doris and photos courtesy Shoot2Sell Photography, we can all marvel at the mid century details found in this beautiful brick ranch.

mid-century-brick-ranchFrom the listing:

  • Year built: 1954
  • Price: $125,000
  • Square footage: 2,823
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2

Here is a custom-built Mid-century Modern gem of a home designed by Fort Worth architects Easterwood and Easterwood who also designed the First Baptist Church in downtown Sulphur Springs.  A brick paver sidewalk leads to the welcoming front porch of this well-maintained one owner home.

retro-beamed-ceilingStep into the entry with original Italian marble floors and be greeted by a bright and spacious living room that flows into an even larger family room featuring original cork floors, cozy fireplace, wood-beamed ceiling, exposed brick walls and an expansive walls of windows.

vintage-steel-cabinetsThe original kitchen in a beautiful shade of turquoise retains the now sought-after St. Charles metal cabinets.  Back in the day, these cabinets were generally found only in higher-end homes and were ahead of their time with features like pull out shelves and bins and velvet lined silverware drawers.

aqua-steel-kitchen-cabinetsThe separate cooking workstation features stainless steel counters…there is even a matching built-in desk!  There is a large brick terrace just off the kitchen and family room that provides a great place to entertain or relax and look out over the generous backyard, which is surrounded by a beautiful brick wall.

mid-century-bathroom-vanityThe master bedroom suite features three walk-in closets and the master bath has a beautiful marble top dressing table.  The other two bedrooms are large and all of the generous closets feature lighting that automatically comes on and goes off when the doors are opened and closed.

pink-ceramic-tile-vintage-bathroomThe large guest bath features the original tiles and cabinetry.. .all in perfect condition.  The house also has an over sized two car carport, security system, sprinkler system and a separate concrete block storage building.  The timeless design elements of this home have been lovingly retained and maintained…and recently painted inside and out, new carpet, recent high quality roof, AC compressor and more.  A few finishing touches…and this is a magazine quality show house!

vintage-pink-bathroom-tiledWhat a lovely house full of carefully thought-out details. For example, Pam wants prospective bathroom remodelers notice the use of 4″x4″ field tiles installed on the diagonal to create a border around the tub. This is “cheap and cheerful” way to add appeal — so clever.

Mega thanks to Realtor Ed Murchison for allowing us to feature this property and to Shoot2Sell Photography for giving us permission to feature the photos of this lovely mid century property.

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  1. Julie G. says:

    UGH! I am so jealous! My fiancé and I live in outside of baton rouge LA, and a house like this would go for at lease $160K, unless it was in a bad area of town. So not fair, I want one!!!

  2. Cynthia says:

    Wow, what a wonderful home. The shade of pink tile in baths is particularly pleasing. Kitchen cabinets the best I’ve seen on this website, and since there have been many great cabinets, that’s saying something. I even like the carpeting and the drapes! I would buy and live in this house in a minute.

  3. Andi says:

    I’m not surprised to see I wasn’t the only one floored by the price of this fabulous gem of a house! I almost had my husband persuaded to sell our house in frigid PA and move to Texas! Or buy it as a retirement or winter home. If only we could.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this house! The pink bathrooms are to-die-for, as is the kitchen. All of it, really, is just exactly the way I would want it to be. I really hope whoever gets it understands what a prize they’ve gotten. Perhaps the realtor can print all of our envious comments to help the buyer understand!

  4. Lisa Compo says:

    I love this house as much as everyone else. I saw it on the Facebook RR page the other day and was immediately in love. Even hubby liked it. The pink bathroom is just a masterpiece to me. I would love to be able to see this in person, just to walk through and take it all in before someone buys it. The amount of cabinets and counter space is worth the $125K alone. 😉 No basement was mentioned…wonder if it has one? I would need somewhere to keep all of my “treasures” and to hide when tornado season comes.

    We looked up the weather forecast and it was 68 degrees in Sulphur Springs and it was 10 degrees here in KY. That made it all the more beautiful. MCM Paradise.

  5. Marcie Baker says:

    I was in touch with Ed, the realtor – a lovely guy! – in the event that the new owners didn’t want that incredible kitchen, since we’re just 4-5 hours away in Houston (& have been searching forever for a turquoise metal kitchen close enough to pick up!)

    The wonderful news is that the house is already under contract, and the new owners are our kind of MCM-loving people – they love the house and are keeping the amazing place as is!!!!

    (The bad news being that we’re still searching for those turquoise metal cabinets close enough by to drive to…)

    1. pam kueber says:

      YAY for appreciative owners. Boo that you’re still looking for cabinets — but I am sure the Retro Decorating Gods will reward you for your kind efforts!

  6. Mike says:

    Wow, all I can say is images like these take me back to my childhood at my grandmother and grandfather’s house, and to when life seemed much simpler–not just for me, but for them, as well. What a gem!

  7. Lisa Compo says:

    I am overjoyed that the new owners plan to keep the house As Is. I loved this house so much that I looked at the pictures several times a day. LOL

    Hopefully, the new owners will join the Retro Reno tribe and post pictures after they put their furniture in and let us have another peek.

  8. LaFway says:

    Is it a trick of photography or are all the rooms e-freaking-normous? The kitchen looks big enough to feed a small school.

  9. Annie says:

    I bought a house of this vintage complete w turquoise counters, cabinets and appliances. The appliances had quit so we went back w black at the time. Kept the turquoise. I did a southwest decor. When we transferred and sold it it sold really fast. The new buyers loved the colors even the pink bath! It had 80 acres and 4 barns, one w an arena. We paid 200000 for it and sold it for 300000. It was in Kaufman east of Dallas an hour.
    This one is pretty. I would buy it.

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