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Bedroom Beautiful: 1956

Bedroom Beautiful: 1956

1956. "Hayes residence, Kessler Lake Drive, Dallas. Master bedroom. Architects: Prinz & Brooks." Our first look at the seven-bathroom, 7,300-square-foot bungalow built by Texas car dealer Earl Hayes. 8x10 acetate negative by Maynard L. Parker for House Beautiful. Source: Huntington Library. View full size.

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Mystery objects

Someone please, please tell me: What are those things on the wall above the beds?

[Decor. -tterrace]

Not a mirror

I believe that's a gun cabinet. Crossed in the opposite direction is a pump shotgun. Neither would reflect this way (bolt handle,and lack of ejection port) in a mirror. It's just smoked glass or a trick of light.

Lamp on right

My parents had a couple of lamp bases similar to this one. They were made from obsolete rollers used to print wallpaper. I thought we had the only ones in existence, but it must have been the fashion at the time.

2 Guns

Scoped bolt-action rifle, AND, a pump-action shotgun.

Two or One?

My parents always had separate beds. Married in 1944, it was the thing to do, then. I appeared in May of 1946 and have never married, hence for me one bed is adequate.


I don't think so.

Just because it lacks Grandma's gaudy floral patterns and knick knacks all over the place, doesn't make it cold, but it does need to be in color to really see how beautiful it is.

I would change the Peg Board ceiling though.

The TV (note my user name) is a 1956 or 57 RCA, 21" "Transette" model with large casters to allow it to roll out of the cubby for viewing; it looks like it has the Limed Oak finish.

It could as easily pass

For an upscale motel or hotel room of the era with the acoustical ceiling and recessed lights.


Looks like a gun cabinet over the TV.

[That's a mirror. -tterrace]

Then there's what looks like a bolt-action rifle with scope reflected in the mirror. And I say the dress is white and gold.

Ashtrays on the nightstands even though you're not supposed to smoke in bed. Or maybe so you can stub out your butt before turning in. The footstool offers a comfy place to sit while you fiddle with the TV controls, in those pre-remote days.

Mid Century Modernism its best. Prinz's own more modest home is a jewel-box, too.

Telescoping pocket doors

are still popular in high-end homes today. If you look at the ceiling you'll see all three sections slide across for the first third of the distance, two for the middle third, and one for the final third.

Cold Storage

Wow, this has all the warmth of a frozen food locker.

It's still there, and even larger

The house is still there, with a living room addition built in the 1970s. Pocket doors and built-ins are used throughout the house, which was designed for longtime Chevy dealer Earl Hayes. The 7,301 square foot house is at 718 Kessler Lake Drive, in the Kessler Park neighborhood in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. It was one of the homes featured on the Preservation Dallas tour last fall:

Humanity leaves its mark

Then as now, the nagging problems of civilized culture: how to avoid footprints on the shag. (Far superior to telltale vacuum cleaner tracks, though!)

Visual confirmation

So it was true married couples slept in separate beds back in the fifties??

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