A while back I was traveling through Middletown, Ohio with my daughter on the way to visit family in Cincinnati. I had never really been to Middletown before. It was only a word on the I-75 exit sign. It’s an interesting town. It seems to be built around old factories and railroad tracks. Well, that is exactly the kind of town where Sears Kit Houses are sure to be found. So we turned off the main road into what looked like a neighborhood from the right time period. Sears Kit Houses were sold through mail order catalogs that were published between 1908 and 1940.
We drove down a couple of blocks, and sure enough, I spied a couple of models I recognized, A Whitehall and a Marina.
There were some other interesting looking homes on the very same block, so I took note of the street, and we moved on to another area of town. We found some lovely Sears Homes in Middletown that day, all models I had seen before. We didn’t have a lot of time to spare then, but after I got home, I used some of my favorite on line sources, Google Maps and the Auditor’s website, to check out some of the houses we had seen on that very first street.
And what a find those houses turned out to be for me! A whole block (almost) of Sears Kit Houses, some of which I had never seen before except in catalogs, so I didn’t recognize them on sight.
And just this past weekend, I had a chance to go back to Middletown and photo document these homes.
Here’s a little tour down the block.
Time to go down the other side of the street!
There are also two Sears Glyndon models, one on each side of the street, but I wasn’t able to get photos because of family activities in the front yards. Both Glyndon models had a different dormer than what is pictured in the catalogs.
There are other Sears Houses nearby in the same neighborhood. I will feature some of those another time, as well as some lovely models in other parts of town.
I met some curious residents and homeowners while taking photos, and they were all wonderful people. I will definitely go back to Middletown again, and I’ll bet I’ll find another Train Load of Sears Houses.