Midcentury modern homes may have certain architectural elements in common, but they hit the real estate market in varying states. Some have been modernized and revamped, sometimes to great effect, while other homes have suffered from subpar tweaks in the 1980s or ’90s.
But the most revered midcentury listing is the time capsule house. The time capsule house hasn’t been touched—or tampered with, in some people’s opinions—by contemporary sensibilities. The latest to cross our desk is this four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath in Joliet, Illinois, about an hour southwest of Chicago.
Built in 1953, the house has been left intact with no cosmetic changes and only a handful of owners. Horizontal lines and a low slung roof welcome you to the home, while inside a great room and stone fireplace are a focal point. Vaulted ceilings, birch paneling, and exposed beams add to the charm, and a stunning terrazzo-floored lanai with padded bar and paneling show the home’s authenticity.
On the other side of the great room is the home’s kitchen: A gorgeous white and blue gem with metal-edge formica countertops, metal cabinets with original fixtures, and colored glass panel walls. The spacious bedrooms boast hardwood peg floors, and the master bedroom features built-in cabinets—one with an amoeba-like shape as drawer pulls. The master bath is equally impressive, featuring more colored glass paneling, vintage tile, and a triple medicine cabinet with fluorescent light tubes.
Ready to own a piece of untouched 1950s style? 409 North Larkin Avenue is on the market now for $199,900.