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Steampunk Sensation

Posted by Charlie Wardell

Mar 19, 2014 1:07:00 PM

steampunk18_web_listby Charlie Wardell

What if the Industrial age happened at the same time as the computer age? That’s one of the questions Steampunk tries to answer. From its origins as a form of speculative fiction, Steampunk has spawned a new category of Victorian themed design. As a living laboratory for that trend, Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum’s restored 1901 Victorian/Craftsman home in Sharon, Mass., demonstrates ingenious ways that old items can be given new life, instead of being discarded.

By fusing technology with antiques Steampunk makes recycling a high art.

For a more detailed look at this home, please visit our Magazine Archive, and view our May 2011 issue.

  • Steampunk Sensation Kitchen

    Kitchen features include Cambria Quartz Engineered Stone countertops; dimmer-controlled recessed low-voltage lighting; Antique bar stools from the 1940s; recycled printers desk from late 1800s functions as the island; old copper water tank converted to deliver filtered water.

  • Steampunk computer desk

    Another Steampunk computer workstation. In the corner is a drafting table from the late 1800s.

  • opthalometer

    This old-style opthalometer is sits on a plant stand above an optometrist’s sign. It’s decorative, but the wall phone next to it works. The phone was salvaged from a World War II battleship.

  • Steampunk Bathroom

    The bath includes a claw tub (not shown) and an old-style pull chain toilet. All the fixtures are original to the house.

  • Steampunk Office

    The office behind Rosenbaum’s organ desk includes decorative and functional period items. The wainscoting is galvanized tin painted to look like bronze.


  • Steampunk CPU

    This old ship’s compass will eventually enclose a CPU and will serve as a home media server.

  • Steampunk Fireplace and TV

    In the living room an antique mantle now houses a flat-screen TV rather than a mirror. The stove insert actually hides the controls for the entertainment center. The entire mantle is on a hinge so it can be opened to access wiring.

  • Steampunk Cooking Stove

    This 1890s wood-fired stove is converted to electric.

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