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. Holley says:

    I think even the doghouses in Portland, Oregon have mortgages on them! Texas homes are affordable and I think offer a lot of space inside and out compared to other cities! But, you can’t beat that Northwest Weather. We have a lot of humid days here in Houston and it took 30 years to get acclimated from Portland, Ore. but I am happy to call Houston my home. I do miss the snow and the four distinct seasons but the blue skies, the opportunities, and the people make it a very nice place to live. Still LOVE Retrorenovation!

  2. DJ says:

    That’s it, moving to Texas. You can’t buy a dog house in Portland, Oregon, for that price much less this incredible house with the dream kitchen (and bathrooms and patio and living room). We could pay cash for this baby and not have to do a thing to it to live in style and comfort!

  3. Andrea Ralston says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. And that price!! Can’t you just picture the astronauts’ wives gathered around watching the television on launch day?

  4. Reagan Jobe says:

    I grew up in a house built in 1957. While it didn’t have these colors I’ve seen them many other times in homes of this age in the Dallas Real Estate market.

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