Mystery House. Any ideas?
That’s what I asked my researcher friends in our little Sears group on Facebook, after tracking down the address for a house with a 1930 mortgage from Sears Roebuck.
And I posted this photo.
Lara, who has the Sears Homes of Chicagoland website spoke up immediately.
That’s a Parkridge!
It’s a what, I thought? A Parkridge?
Never heard of it!
So I grabbed my Houses by Mail and checked the index. Hmmmmmm. No Parkridge.
So, back to our little Sears Group I go, and by the time I did, another member, Dale, had posted a catalog image and told me The Parkridge wasn’t in Houses by Mail. Well……that explains that! (Dale has helped out Sears researchers by having a Pinterest Board with the houses that aren’t in the book.)
Houses by Mail is considered the “bible” of Sears House research. It was published in 1986 by The National Trust for Historic Preservation, and contains catalog images of almost all the houses offered in the Sears Modern Homes catalogs. But…..now researchers know that a few designs were missed when the book was published, and The Parkridge was one of them.
Here’s the image, from the 1930 catalog, the only year The Parkridge was offered as an “Honor Bilt” kit.
What a perfect match! It’s an even better match to the photo I found on the Hamilton Co. Auditor’s website, from 2008. Bless them, for having historical photos available for us.
In 2008, the house still had the original 24 inch Royal Red Cedar Shingles supplied with the house kit. Those shingles are mentioned in the details of the catalog listing. It appears the house has since been vinyl sided, but it still retains the look of the original design.
Honor Bilt kits were the better line of Sears Homes offered in the catalogs. The majority of Sears Homes sold were Honor Bilt.
So now I’ve learned the Sears Parkridge model, and hopefully I won’t forget it. Like I already did. Apparently, researcher Andrew Mutch located a Sears Parkridge in Cincinnati earlier this month, also from a mortgage record, and posted it in our little Sears group. Guess what I said when he added it?
Never heard of it!
Here’s the other Sears Parkridge model, that Andrew located. It’s in Sayler Park.
Both these houses were financed through Sears Roebuck in 1930, and will be added to our growing list of authenticated Sears Homes in Cincinnati.
Do you know of a Sears House in Ohio? If you do, I would love to hear from you.