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The 1950s All Electric House

The electric house inside the Johnson County Museum at the Arts & Heritage Center

Street Address: 8788 Metcalf Ave. (Google Maps)
City: Overland Park
State: KS
Zip Code: 66212
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Whether you're a child of the 1950s 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.

The kitchen inside the electric house

It was a must see for many -- more than 62,000 people toured the home in 1954, a number equal to that of Johnson County’s entire population.

A family home for 40 years, The 1950s All-Electric House is once again a model house open for today’s tourists. The house is now located inside the Johnson County Museum at the Arts & Heritage Center in Overland Park. Step inside to discover this "house of the future!”

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