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A Sears Avalon on Avalon Ave

In 1920, Sears Roebuck offered a new model, The Avalon, in their Modern Homes catalog.

Sears stated “From California comes the idea for this delightful bungalow”.

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From the 1920 Sears Modern Home catalog

About that same time, some homes were being built just outside the Dayton city limits (now part of Kettering) on a new street named Avalon Ave.  And one family decided to build a Sears Avalon.  On Avalon Ave.!

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Sears Avalon at 2244 Avalon Ave in Kettering

S Avalon 2244 Avalon Ave CCat Kettering OH

Front view of a Sears Avalon at 2244 Avalon Ave. in Kettering

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Close up of the porch details on a Sears Avalon at 2244 Avalon Ave. in Kettering

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Right side view of a Sears Avalon at 2244 Avalon Ave. in Kettering.

Notice the small dormer on the right side of the house, which isn’t seen in the catalog image, as the view is from the other side.  You would have to carefully examine the floor plan to realize the house has a dormer there above the stairs to the second floor.  Below are the details and floor plan from the catalog listing.  It appears that this Avalon has had the bedroom on the right side of the house enlarged at some point.

 

From the 1920 Sears Modern Home catalog

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The original owner was Elon Gebhart.  Elon was a carpenter, according to the 1920 Census, so there’s a good possibility he built this Sears Kit House by himself using the provided 75 page instruction manual.  Well, I guess maybe his wife, Jessie, and a few of their seven children might have helped a little bit, too!  Maybe that back bedroom was enlarged at time of building to accommodate all those kids.

Elon passed away in 1934, but his wife and some of the children were still living in the home in 1959, according to City Directories.

If you are ever in the Kettering area, take a drive down Avalon Ave. to see this beauty.

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2 comments on “A Sears Avalon on Avalon Ave

  1. I went by an Avalon lookalike last week, right about the time you were (apparently) writing this post 🙂 Love the Avalon!

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