Deceptively modest outside — High-end disco fever inside! Awesome 1970 time capsule house

1970s time capsule houseTour-a-Time-CapsuleJust when I begin to think that there must be no more time capsule houses left, we a get a wave where they are coming at us from every direction. I try to parse them out on the blog, but lately I can’t keep up — so I’m grooving to the beat, and here’s our third time capsule house in the span of a week. Outside, it’s: deceptively ‘normal’. But inside, it’s: A 1970 gem of an original-owner home in Skokie, Illinois, where listing agent Sarah Rothschild tells me she entered and won her first and only disco dancing contest! Yes, the was the coolest house in the neighborhood, party central. I’d call this interior design exceptionally refined 1970s — oh my word, is that a set of Warren Platner coffee- and side tables? And those sofa sectionals, you’re gonna swoon! Come inside and join the party –> 

1970s time capsule house1970s time capsule houseFrom the listing:

  • Price: $425,000
  • Square footage: 1,720
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2 full/1 half
  • Year built: 1970

Grand, contemporary custom-built with oversized rooms, one of Skokie’s finest homes. This is a great Devonshire Highlands split in terrific condition. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, sub-basement, 2 car attached garage, several open entertaining spaces. The open floor plan, huge eat-in kitchen and huge family room are unlike most of what you see these days. Fantastically well-kept & mechanically up-to-date. Master bedroom with bonus space, two over-sized closets and en suite full bath with walk-in shower. Sunken Living Room, Spacious Dining Room, Double Ovens, Wet Bar, Large Foyer, A 10+!

1970s time capsule houseAbove: See! Gorgeous! Sarah says the interiors are all original, including the paint colors. Is that an Arco floor lamp? Oh my! These babies are $3,000 today at Design Within Reach.

1970s time capsule houseAbove: Those are likely Platner coffee and side tables — one of my all-time favorites.

1970s time capsule houseAbove: This art panel (?) is used to create a visual break among three rooms, the living room, dining room and wet bar.

1970s time capsule houseAbove: The sunken living room steps up to the foyer on one end, the dining room on the other. Bold and stylish wallpaper is used to create accent walls in many of the rooms.

1970s time capsule houseAbove: That ceiling fixture — I’ll guess it’s an expensive Lightolier. And I’m sure some knowledgeable reader can ID the dining room set.

1970s time capsule house1970s time capsule houseAbove: There is a wet bar on the third side of the living room. Matchy-matchy wallpaper and roman shade. And ferns that I betcha have been there the entire time — 46 years!

1970s time capsule houseAbove: On the other side of the foyer, a den?

1970s time capsule houseAbove: The kitchen. Simple and almost utilitarian, in contrast to the high style of the other rooms.

1970s time capsule houseAbove: The master bedroom, we presume. Lots of built-ins.

1970s time capsule houseAbove: Timeless design: Sorts pennants arranged in wheels in kids’ bedrooms and family rooms, too. Never goes out of style. Those dressers are properly called “campaign chests” style, I believe.

1970s time capsule houseAbove: Day beds with bolsters arranged at 90-degree angle to each other so that you could use them as a sofa. Look carefully [click the photo to enlarge it if you’re on a desktop] and see how the one on the right tucks under the specially-sized end table. My mother-in-law had this exact arrangement in her apartment. I wish I had that table! This is a brilliant way to do a guest room/office. Oh. And that wallpaper. Oh and: We finally see some shag carpet!

1970s time capsule house1970s time capsule house1970s time capsule houseAbove: Bathrooms. Vanity in first photo looks to have been updated. Otherwise, ya got yer 1970s dark woods and some dark marble laminate too.

1970s time capsule house1970s time capsule houseAbove: This looks to be the basement. This must be where Sarah won the disco dance contest. She told by phone that this was a friend’s house. It was unlike any other house in the neighborhood, an it’s where all the kids hung out. The dad owned a chain of blue jean stores. “He was the cool dad,” Sarah said. Indeed.

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  1. missbike says:

    I remember ALL of this furniture at the U.N.I.T.S store in New Orleans. This house is amazing, it’s furnished with really nice stuff. I’d give eye teeth for those campaign chests, the campaign desk is back in a big way in reproduction. Even the super cheap big box store has it… One of the great, party-legendary apartments in 1970’s New York was Halstons place. He had the same huge couches running up and down walls. The dining room was very similar too, but on a bigger scale. But almost the same furniture with the same lines. I can’t find the link, I’m looking…

    Knoll just released a gold plated version of all that Platner this year for it’s anniversary. You might want to look, it’s fabulous!

  2. FJ says:

    Oh my! Where to look first? The wallpaper, no, the wrought iron railings…no, wait, the sectional and the lighting and the big show stopper…that foyer tile!!! Time capsule indeed! Even the kitchen works for me as it balances everything with its utilitarian calm. Packing my toothbrush now!

  3. Christian says:

    Skokie and (more so) neighboring Lincolnwood are full of awesome 50’s-60’s homes. I often search homesnap.com to take sneak peaks. Lots of time capsules!

  4. Ree says:

    I have that same spice rack. Actually, I have 3 of them, one white, one yellow and one orange. Bought them in the early 70’s. I think they were made by Copco. Right now they are packed away with all of my kitchen stuff while the remodel is underway, so I can’t check the brand.

  5. Khadija says:

    The entryway is my favorite. I bet the kids had so much fin running around in that house!

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