1948 Streamline Moderne time capsule house, Portland, Oregon

mid century banquette
The banquette, or built-in dinette, in the kitchen. The table base and glass top are new, I believe the listing said. Photo above courtesy Kathryn Madison.
streamline kitchenPick your jaw up off the ground. Like I said: This is like the inside of a private rail car. Notice the masonite (or glass?) panels on the ceiling. The floor has been redone — but impeccably. Notice also, the tile countertops, with contrast bullnose tile edging. I’m thinking all that tile work has been redone… Photo above courtesy Kathryn Madison.
1940s cabinetryThe craftsmanship to accomplish this, back in the day, was amazing. Photo above courtesy Kathryn Madison.
The pantry doors… Photo above courtesy Kathryn Madison.
I’m suspecting that those are 12″ square Carrera glass or Pittsburg Glass tiles on the wall. That was haute design for prewar bathrooms. Doesn’t this house just glow! Photo above courtesy Kathryn Madison.
And in this bedroom, notice that little window. Again… almost like whoever designed this, designed luxury steamships before. It’s akin to a porthole window, another signal of Streamline Moderne… Photo above courtesy Kathryn Madison.
steel windowWhere else on the internet do they get so excited about steel casement windows with fluted glass? Photo above courtesy Kathryn Madison.
mid century front doorOr the inside of old front doors? Photo above courtesy Kathryn Madison.
red orange front door on a mid century homeA welcoming front door in a red-orange….Hey, I’ll call it orange — the Retro Renovation Color of the Year 2011Photo above courtesy Kathryn Madison.
Photo above courtesy Kathryn Madison. Vintage Nutone door bell with…
… integral clock. Sigh. Such simple, perfect beauty. I read an interview with Marilyn vos Savant — you know, the smartest person in the world, or at least thought to be at one point — a few years ago. In Parade Magazine. Something she said really stuck with me. It was in answer to a question along the line, “What is it that you think about?” She said: “Wisdom, and beauty.” I think that is right, I really do: Wisdom, and beauty. Photo above courtesy Kathryn Madison.

Atomic Ranch Midcentury

October 8th, 2010
This home I recently listed created such a buzz in the realtor community it drew 70 brokers to the professional open house. What’s so special? Rarely do we see a midcentury in such pristine condition. And not pristine condition of a home that wasn’t so hot to begin with- we’ve all seen those. This home was obviously custom built with high end materials, sited beautifully on a .38 acre lot in a great neighborhood.

Pristine mid century kitchen
So many features were marveled over on the tour- the honeycombed glass on either side of the main doorway is not only beautiful, but functional. The glass panels swing out to allow fresh air in- and then hidden screens pull down over the space. The living room fireplace is a graceful curve of wood. Beyond the fireplace is a floor to ceiling window that takes in the sunny level backyard. The kitchen is completely original with it’s white masonite walls trimmed in metal. Most cabinet doors are rounded. A rounded built in cabinet repeats the shape above in glass display shelves. Beyond that is a restaurant style booth with an industrial glass table top and a stainless riveted base right of of a rocket ship. The booth is surrounded by a wraparound window.

Curved fireplace in living room.
Two of the four baths are pristine masonite with glass block windows- the colors are neutral- not the burgundys and aqua blues one might expect in a vintage bath.
The house is currently decorated with a vintage eye, but the home could go Dwell very easily for a super sleek mid century modern look.
Check out the photos and pass on to your mid century loving friends. Contact me for a private tour. More pictures.