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September 13, 2017

The 1955 All-Electric House From The Johnson County Museum In Shawnee, Kansas – Part I

By RetroRuth

If you have never been to the All-Electric House in Kansas, here is your chance for a great photo tour!

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Tom and I visited this gem a few years ago. At the time, this home was located next to the Johnson County Museum and you were given guided tours but you were not allowed to take pictures.  Well, they have significantly updated this exhibit! They have moved it indoors, made the interior more decade appropriate and they now let you take pictures! Woot!

Thank you so, so, so much to reader Heather for taking a boatload of excellent pictures to share with all of you. It is seriously amazing and we all owe her one! So many pictures, in fact, that this is going to be divided into two posts. So, enjoy Part I:

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From the Johnson County Museum website:

Whether you’re a child of the Fifties or just curious about lifestyles from this nostalgic era, The 1950s All-Electric House offers an eye-opening look at the technology of the times. Showcased inside were futuristic gadgetry like a hidden television, electric curtain opener, a garage door opener and “the year ’round air conditioner…known as the heat pump.

Originally constructed by Kansas City Power & Light electric company in 1954, this five-room ranch house captures why a home in the suburbs was part of the American dream after World War II. The model home was open for a period of six months as a model home in the bedroom suburb of Prairie Village. It was a must see for many — over 62,000 people toured the home in 1954, a number equal to that of Johnson County’s entire population.

A family home for forty years, The 1950s All-Electric House is once again a model house open for today’s tourists. Step inside to discover this “house of the future!”

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What is your favorite part so far?  Honestly, I’m just totally loving that this whole thing is INSIDE the museum. How cool is that? It gives them the ability to set up that totally cute yard display. That grill is literally the best.

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5 Responses to The 1955 All-Electric House From The Johnson County Museum In Shawnee, Kansas – Part I

  1. Melinda Reply

    September 13, 2017 at 8:11 am

    The whole thing is adorable, but I love a Ming Green bathroom, so that’s my favorite part.

  2. Sara In AZ Reply

    September 13, 2017 at 10:40 am

    That grill is the BEST….and that bathroom…swoon! I love it all, can’t wait to see part 2!

    Thanks Heather for doing great retro recon! 🙂

  3. Heather Reply

    September 13, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    I love everything about this house. I’ve tried to convince my husband to build a replica, but he’s been totally unreasonable about it. 🙂 I’m so happy this museum is preserving this bit of history and tickled to get to share it with everyone.

  4. Kim Campbell Reply

    September 13, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Looks like I need to go back. They’ve made some changes since I was there last (2005)

  5. Lyn Dono Reply

    September 14, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Fun. Thanks for posting. Baby’s room is my favorite because it has a rocking bouncing horse in it. That was the best toy when I was a kid. The best!

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