108 Heyman Lane in Alexandria is an iconic example of a mid-century modern home. With its broken mosaic tile patio flooring, parquet wood floors, and pastel pink and blue bathrooms, this home perfectly represents the style of the 1960s. Featuring three bedrooms and two full bathrooms, this 1967 home is perfect for anyone that appreciates the resurgence of vintage style.
Ranch style houses were very popular in the 1960s. They became one of the most sought-after styles of homes by offering practicality – they are simple homes that can appeal to everyone. They are built on slabs to help prevent flooding, they have large windows to allow an abundance of natural light, and are often single-story. However, despite a modest and conservative exterior, they are often filled with exuberant character on the inside. They also have spacious outdoor areas that are great for entertainment, shielded from the road by the longer style of the home.
One of the iconic features of mid-century modern homes is represented in this home by the broken mosaic tile patio. Mosaic style flooring had been popular for centuries, but found itself in a plethora of American homes after World War II. The war provided multiple technological advances, especially in factories and warehouses, with the rise in automation. This allowed for the production of tile to be faster, more durable, and easier to apply. Broken tile flooring was one particular trend that was used in many homes in that time because it was a durable, affordable, and visually interesting. With the more efficient production of tiles also brought broken pieces that would often be discarded, until the idea came about to use those broken pieces within grout to create a mosaic for flooring. This allowed broken tile to become an affordable way to spice up both indoor and outdoor floors. 108 Heyman represents this feature in its patio – the yellow and red tiles are complementary with the brick exterior of the home and provides a contrast to the repetition of brick and the expansive green backyard.
The visual interest in flooring didn’t only apply to tiles, however. Parquet wood floors also found a resurgence of popularity in mid-century times. The different patterns of flooring allowed for a more unique and personalized touch to the interior of the home. It had previously been popular amongst the most lavish of homes and buildings, as the multiple smaller pieces of wood took time and skill to cut and install. It was even used in the Hall of Mirrors in France’s Palace of Versailles! With the advancement of technology prevalent in the mid-20th century, it allowed for these pieces to be cut more efficiently and accurately, allowing it to be installed in homes across America. 108 Heyman has fingerblock flooring – a particular pattern of parquet wood floors – throughout its interior. This multi-directional pattern creates visual interest within the home, bringing an interesting flair in contrast to today’s standard hardwood planks.
108 Heyman also has one of the most quintessential features of mid-century modern homes – pastel bathrooms. It is well-known that the second World War brought troubled and serious times to Americans, as they faced many hardships both at home and overseas. When the war ended, many people sought to overcome the darker times by fighting it with an abundance of color. The interior of homes were also included in this trend, bringing about the popularity of brightly-colored bathrooms. Bathrooms across America came in pastel shades of blue, yellow, green, and pink. 108 Heyman proudly boasts having both a blue and a pink bathroom, creating a cheery disposition within the home. The blue of the two bathrooms features a blue sink, toilet, and bathtub, along with blue tile trim throughout the room.
However, perhaps the most iconic representation of 1960s style within 108 Heyman is the Mamie pink bathroom. First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, wife to Dwight Eisenhower, loved the color pink and sought to include it not only in her fashion, but also in her home. She decorated the White House in so many shades of her favorite color that it was deemed the “Pink Palace” throughout the Eisenhower presidency. After the Eisenhowers moved to their Gettysburg home, Mamie decorated their bathroom in her favorite shade – down to the towels and even the cotton balls. Homes across America were so inspired by the trend that they too began turning their bathrooms into the rosy shade loved by their First Lady, down to the tiles, toilets, tubs, and toiletries. It is also believed that the reflection of the pink color onto skin makes those inside it look younger and healthier, making it even more popular amongst housewives in the 1950s and 60s.
108 Heyman Lane is a hallmark of 1960s style, perfect for anyone with an appreciation for the more retro style of life. It is a perfect preservation of the style reminiscent of the post-war technological advances and newfound appreciation of life prevalent to the 50s and 60s.