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This 1956 Spartan Executive Mansion is Iconic

This 1956 Spartan Executive Mansion is charming and cozy and the true tiny house.

Being environmentally friendly and affordable should get tiny house fans to take a second look at mobile homes. Unfortunately, mobile homes have a nasty stigma hanging on to them and that may be too much for those that are only interested in appearances.

That’s not the case with Raymond and Colleen. This couple took the tiny house lifestyle seriously and live a simple, affordable, and extremely environmentally friendly lifestyle in their retro-fabulous 1956 Spartan Executive Mansion.

Original 1956 Spartan Executive Mansion

It’s no secret that Spartans Trailers are my all-time favorite vintage mobile homes. I have a thing for aluminum, apparently.

Spartans rose from the ashes of an old aircraft factory in Tulsa, OK after WWII. Without the large government orders, the factory couldn’t stay in business much longer and needed to expand their offerings without spending a ton of money. There had to be another product that used the same materials they had on hand – lightweight and rust-proof aluminum.

During the war, an executive had attended a supplier’s conference and met a factory-owner from Indiana that was building trailer homes and campers for the government. The chance meeting helped spark the idea that an airplane builder could become a trailer builder.

1956 spartan executive mansion exterior

The owners of Spartan wasn’t going to build just any kind of trailer. There were plenty of cheap trailer builders already. What was going to set Spartan apart from the competition was the quality of their homes They would be true mobile mansions.

With the materials on hand and just a little re-tooling, the factory began manufacturing what would later be one of the most iconic mobile homes every made.

One of their finest examples of remodeled vintage mobile homes is this 1956 Spartan Executive Mansion owned by Raymond and Colleen.

Wood interior of a 1956 spartan executive mansion3

Birch paneling is one of the many things that sets Spartans apart from the other trailers of their time. The paneling went through extensive auditing so that only most uniform sheets were installed.

See another great Spartan: The Shabby-Chic Spartan

1956 Spartan Executive Mansion Kitchen

Raymond and Colleen apparently own several vintage mobile homes, a 1951 Spartan is mentioned in the comments by Colleen. She uses it as her sewing studio! I’m sure by owning several they know exactly where to put their money on the remodeling. Here’s Raymond’s description from the feature on Tiny House Blog:

“This view of the kitchen (above) shows the meat of the remodel (aside from removing all of the bulkheads forwards); laminate floor from the bathroom door forward, tile aft, with electric heat under the kitchen, bath, and bedroom.

The original 24″ stove top and it’s associated cabinets were removed and a modern 30″range placed and I built a side-board that encloses our garbage/recycle with a narrow cabinet with that we don’t want cluttering up the kitchen counter.

“The wall oven is slated to go so that we can have a high-efficiency dishwasher in that location. The counter-tops are Granite and I managed to get the Formica up in one piece, eliminating most of the metal strips that usually support these panels.

The article goes on to mention that they replace the window facings with yellow cedar and had a talented stone cutter cut 5 pieces of black granite.

This An Unbelievable 1959 Spartan Imperial Mansion is awesome!

This Spartan Executive Mansion is another great example of how a mobile home can change with a few updates.

Flooring and counters are popular mobile home makeover projects because they make the most impact.

This Spartan has a homey, comfortable vibe that makes me just want to cozy up to a good book on a rainy day and enjoy every single minute of it. Perhaps, half as cozy as the dog looks.
Can’t get enough of these awesome Spartans? Here are some more great articles!

See another gorgeous Spartan: Complete Restoration: ’51 Spartan Imperial Mansion

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  • Regina Brickett
    Posted November 12, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    True love! I used to have a 56 Buddy mobile home, 8X33. Your place reminds me of it. Wish I had never sold it!

  • Marcia Curran
    Posted January 20, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Beautiful, Colleen and Ray!!

  • Marshall Hall
    Posted February 3, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    I am looking for a Spartan Executive Mansion or Imperial Mansion.

    • David Bagwell
      Posted November 18, 2015 at 7:39 am

      I just bought some property that has a house on it. When we got inside the house we found a 1956 Spartan Executive Mansion inside the house. It has been inside the house for about 47 years. Everything in the trailer looks like it did in 1956. Lamp shades and probably the curtains are there. Send me a Email if you would like pics. We are located 20 miles south of Huntsville, Alabama.

    • Conni
      Posted October 18, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      Did you ever find your Mansion?
      And where are you located?

      • Conni
        Posted April 30, 2017 at 11:29 pm

        Yes, it’s in Bluff, Utah.
        I haven’t been on this site for a long time. Who’s asking?

    • Conni
      Posted April 30, 2017 at 11:32 pm

      Hi Marshall, I’m hoping you found your Spartan by now, but if not, please get in touch with me. Thanks.

  • Natalie Kravetz
    Posted November 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm


    Does anyone know how they prepped the space for the wood stove? Usually when I mention putting a wood stove in a trailer I get a lot of head shaking and “Oh Noez!”, but clearly it can be done.
    Any tips would be welcome!

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