Midcentury masterpiece 1955 time capsule “tile house” in Minneapolis — every room full of exquisite tile designs — 69 photos

1955 midcentury modern time capsule house Now added to my list of top-10 time capsule houses of all time: This mind-blowingly exquisite 1955 midcentury modern home in Minneapolis — the William and Irma Dale/Victor House –designed by acclaimed architect Carl Graffunder for his sister and family, who were owners of a local tile shop. And their tile shop must have been something indeed, because for this home, they created some of the most beautiful tile installations I have ever seen. Tile is featured in every room — beautifully — complemented by glowing woodwork, including loads of pecky cypress. This house is going on the market today — co-listed by Scott Acker and Bruce Erickson of Coldwell Banker Burnet. It’s not even on the MLS quite yet! AND: Thanks to our wonderful friends at Spacecrafting, we have 69 photos to show you. Get ready — this one is amaaaazing!

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From the listing for this midcentury modern marvel:
1955 midcentury modern time capsule house

The William and Irma Dale/Victor House

Significant mid-century modern jewel by acclaimed architect Carl Graffunder, designed for his sister and family – owners of a local tile shop. This case study home is a one-of-a-kind property that’s available for sale to the public for the first time in history. Exquisite period details, extraordinary tile work – including vintage mosaics and integrated shuffle board court, walls of glass, post & beam wood ceiling, cantilevered tile wrapped fireplace, hand crafted built-in’s and sweeping views of Diamond Lake. Listed in the AIA Guide to the Twin Cities, this centrally located, meticulous architectural home seamlessly blends the indoors with the outdoors and offers a Zen-like lifestyle.


The house is on the market for $719,000.

1955 midcentury modern kitchen1955 midcentury modern kitchen1955 midcentury modern kitchen 1955 midcentury modern kitchenAbove: I hereby predict that these kitchen photos will inspire hundreds of kitchen designs across American in months to come!

And remember: This was 1955! Such a forward thinking home!

1955 midcentury modern time capsule house in MinneapolisAbove: We can’t even imagine how expensive it would be to replicate a fireplace like this today.

1955 midcentury modern time capsule house in Minneapolis1955 midcentury modern time capsule house in MinneapolisAnd those ceilings! Not only beautiful, but all that tile could be quite loud — the wood everywhere else soaks up the sound. Tile: also cold. Wood: warm.

1955 midcentury modern time capsule house in MinneapolisYikes! This is a two story wall of tile flanking the staircase! Can you imagine the patience that would have been required to install this wall of tile!

micentury modern tile staircaseAbove: Here’s the staircase where that two-story wall of mosaics sits!

mosaic-shuffleboard-floorAbove; Again, note the two-story mosaic tile wall (on the left, heading downstairs.) And YES: That is a mosaic tile shuffleboard!

1955 midcentury modern time bedroomWow: We love how the accent wall of small mosaics — it reads like a headboard in this bedroom.

midcentury tile hausYes, we’d love to see the floor plan. It looks like much of the storage is built in — lovely! 

Midcentury modern time bathroomThis bathroom: It sure inspires me. Lookie that colorful mosaic in the loo!

1955 midcentury modern time capsule house in MinneapolisAbove: Okay, now we are downstairs. I’ll shut up now.

1955 midcentury modern time capsule house in Minneapolis

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Hey, remember this Minneapolis midcentury marvel time capsule house from a few years ago? Photos also by Spacecrafting. So far, it has been our most popular time capsule house ever! Big question: Will this tile house masterpiece beat it??

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  1. Jason Foster says:

    My wife and I live in a mid-century home in Illinois, we really liked the kitchen wavy tile backsplash. Any idea if there is anything similar to that existing today?

  2. Ann-Marie Kirkhus says:

    Oh, such a beauty! A true Mid-Mod with subtle room partitions complimenting each other with the rich wood tones and soft blue/grey accents tying it all together organically. Lines become blurred in defining indoor/outdoor separation. Beautiful tilework showcasing the owner’s skill and talent. Why didn’t they just keep building these works of art? This is where I wouldn’t mind being quarantined. I wouldn’t mind at all.

  3. jacque says:

    I wonder if the people that bought this house updated it or kept it in it’s beautiful condition? So many people buy mid century beauties only to destroy them by updating them. This house is a true master piece and I love everything about it.

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