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September 20, 2017

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

By RetroRuth

Welcome back to Part II of our photo tour of the All-Electric House in Kansas. Thank you so, so, much to reader Heather, who took all these pictures to share with you guys. It was above and beyond, and we truly appreciate it!

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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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A bonus shot from Heather, the White Haven Motor Lodge neon from the museum.


Heather also included shots of the outside of the museum, which is the awesomely space-age 1959 former King Louie bowling alley!

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Oh my goodness. Be still my heart. I don’t even think you guys have a doubt about what my favorite part was. The kitchen, the kitchen, the kitchen! What was your favorite part?

Thanks again to Heather. You are the best!

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7 Responses to The 1955 All-Electric House In The Johnson County Museum In Shawnee, Kansas – Part II

  1. Ethan Reply

    September 20, 2017 at 9:26 am

    This house looks way more comfortable to me than a modern, brand new house looks to me. I think the aesthetics are so much nicer. I feel relaxed when I look at that living room and the pink kitchen looks happy and alive to me. I wasn’t alive in the ’50’s but I really do like this house a lot more than today’s new houses. Maybe it’s the use of color and materials or maybe it’s the lack of stainless steel and granite.

    • Beth Reply

      September 21, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      I agree with you, Ethan. This looks warm and inviting; today’s kitchens look cold and sterile.

      Does anyone know the name of the pattern for that beautiful china?

      • Sara In AZ Reply

        September 21, 2017 at 3:24 pm

        Hey Beth – It’s called Autumn Leaves by Franciscan 🙂

        • Beth Reply

          September 21, 2017 at 4:01 pm

          Thank you, Sara. 🙂

  2. Debbie Reply

    September 20, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    My father built houses in the 50’s and 60’s, and that laundry room color was his least-favorite color EVER. He could make “chartreuse” sound like a curse. Whenever I see it, I still hear that word in his voice.

    I need to go to Kansas now, just to see this museum!

  3. Sara In AZ Reply

    September 21, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    I’m totally in love with this house…dying over that kitchen!!! Definitely putting this museum on the “must visit” list!!!

  4. Lyn Dono Reply

    September 22, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    So fun. Thanks for posting. My favorite part was the living room without a GIANT TV on a wall. I liked the card table set up. The little sweaters on at the chair backs and the pocketbooks near the chair legs, so fun.

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