Inside a classic-interior 1952 round time capsule house — “One of the landmarks of Gladewater” Texas

Here’s our first time capsule house of 2019, and it’s a rare beauty: A round house, built in 1952, which looks to have been very carefully tended — with amazing original vintage wallpaper, gorgeous original bathrooms and overall, a quirky original feel that gives me the shivers to imagine the love that went into living in it! The house also has lots of features we can learn from, as we look to remodel and decorate our own midcentury and earlier houses. Thanks to reader Ann for this time capsule tip, and to listing agent Tracy McKnight for permission to feature his photos. Let’s take a look inside >>

Oh my — the wallpaper is amazing!

Ann praised the town of Gladewater in her email tip:

Pam, This ‘round’ house has great original bathrooms. Gladewater, Texas is a beautiful old town here in the east part of the state. Thought you might like a look at these bathrooms and the wallpaper in this house, before it’s destroyed.


This lovely living room would have been very aspirational — magazine-worthy — in 1952. Note the minty-green-painted trim including the recessed nook.

From the listing:

This property is one of the landmarks of Gladewater. A unique property that features a round design that is eye-catching and a draw for any architecture enthusiast. This grand home is … just a short walk from downtown.

Lovely Asian-landscape mural in the dining room.

The 3,480 sq ft house features four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one partial bathroom, and is listed for sale for $165,350.

Above: I bet that’s original sculpted (patterned?) carpeting in this bedroom. Note, at the far left that looks to be an upholstered tufted headboard, with bed missing. The color scheme: Lilac / green / muted coral would have been very classic 1940s heading into the early 1950s.

Above: This is the room visible from the lavender-wallpaper bedroom. All those rounded glass windows! This must have cost many pretty pennies in 1952. The tile floors look great, too.

Above: I will guess that the wallpaper is not only metallic wallpaper, but also flocked. Yum.

Another bedroom, I think… Again: THAT WALLPAPER!

Above: The connected bathroom, be still our beating hearts. I can’t identify most plumbing fixtures by site, whose red is this do you think? Standard? Kohler? Crane? 

As Ann pointed out, the bathrooms are real gems. Above: Lovely pink bathroom — be sure to note the mosaic tile floor pattern, the fabulous shower door frame, and golly, the pink wall tile is tiled on a rounded wall! 

Above: The green bathroom is equally beautiful. Note how the designer set the sink on legs between two cabinets in order to create useful adjacent counter space.

Above: yet another lovely vintage bathroom. Note the circular dressing table built into the corner across from the toilet (far right of the photo). I’m saying: dressing table, because you can see the lights — I bet there are also mirrors there.

Above: The kitchen looks all-original including steel kitchen cabinets and stainless-steel edged lamiante countertops. The appliances and floors look newer. Are those simply glass plates mounted on the backsplash? Hard to say. Interesting. 

 Above: Another shot of the hallway beyond the front entry, with that scenic wallpaper. I’m guessing all the paint trim is original — it’s inspirational to see wood trim painted a color besides white.

Notice the telephone nook about halfway down the hall tucked into the wall on the right. The first house that I ever owned, which was built in 1938, also had a telephone nook like this (and a laundry chute!)

What a wonderful house! Here’s hoping it finds appreciative new owners! 

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  1. Summer says:

    Pam, can you please tell me what that chrome piece above the burgundy bathroom sink is called? It looks like a vanity shelf without the mirrored panels/doors.

    1. Pam Kueber says:

      It’s called a recessed cosmetic box. You can still get them, including with sliding doors.

      1. Summer says:

        Thank you! I think those are an awesome idea, getting the clutter away from sitting on the sink. It makes for a clean look.

  2. Erica says:

    That shower door in the pink bathroom is gorgeous! I’d buy the house just for that, lol. But the whole house makes me happy. Thanks for sharing, Pam.

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