Carter McEvoy gives a tour of his Benjamin Hills mid-century modern house. He's a collector of period furniture and, with his wife, Lori, they keep the house as a 1950s time capsule. (Matt Riedl/The Wichita Eagle) mriedl@wichitaeagle.com
Carter McEvoy gives a tour of his Benjamin Hills mid-century modern house. He's a collector of period furniture and, with his wife, Lori, they keep the house as a 1950s time capsule. (Matt Riedl/The Wichita Eagle) mriedl@wichitaeagle.com

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Tour my home: This Wichita house is stuck in the ’50s, in a good way

November 27, 2017 12:07 PM

UPDATED November 28, 2017 09:32 AM

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story misidentified the original owner of the home.

The neighborhood stories go that, decades ago, people lined up for blocks just to see the inside of what is now Carter McEvoy’s house.

The home in Benjamin Hills, designed by architect Robert Smith, is a perfect specimen of the mid-century modern aesthetic – and it was a perfect fit for McEvoy, a longtime mid-century modern enthusiast.

The home, built in 1957, has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. It’s approximately 4,000 square feet.

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McEvoy and his wife Lori bought the home in 2004 – you can tell he’s there when he displays his 1958 Corvette in the driveway.

Inside you’ll find the sharp right angles of mahogany paneling and walls of windows. Above it all, there’s a “DJ booth” that overlooks the living room – and that space even opens up to the outside, where he’s converted the roofs of his porch and garage into usable patio space.

There are plenty of remnants of ‘50s kitsch, from the automatic booze dispenser to the light-bulb tanning bed to the fold-up kitchen range.

It’s certainly one of Wichita’s most unique homes, and you can see it for yourself. To go on a virtual tour of McEvoy’s mid-century modern home, visit www.kansas.com/video.

Every month, the Eagle will publish a video tour of one of the Wichita area’s most unique homes.

We’re calling the series “My Home.”

Do you know of someone who has a home so cool it’s worth celebrating? Email me at mriedl@wichitaeagle.com or call me at 316-268-6660 with your nominations.

Matt Riedl: 316-268-6660, @RiedlMatt