The Alhambra was offered in the Sears Modern Homes catalogs from 1918 until 1929. While basically an American Four Square design, Sears added Mission style elements to give it a unique appearance. Once you have seen this model in real life, it’s doubtful you would miss spotting one again, even if it has been modified to lose its Mission features, as many of them have.
It’s no wonder this model sold so well in Cincinnati, since Sears featured it in advertisements in the Cincinnati Enquirer a number of times. Here’s one of those ads, from March of 1925.
I’ve been on a mission (pun intended) to get photos of all the Alhambras in Cincinnati, but haven’t accomplished it yet. Fortunately, there are good pictures available on the Hamilton Co Auditor’s website of the ones I’m missing, so I’m putting them all here in this post.
The first Alhambra I ever saw “in real life” is this beauty on Central Terrace in Wyoming.
Here’s the rest, in no particular order.
Yeah. OK. So maybe I wouldn’t have recognized the one above if Donna Bakke hadn’t driven me right to it. Maybe someday all that siding will get taken off. There’s another one that has had the Mission details covered over in Madisonville, pictured below.
Donna speculated that the one above might have been customized when it was built, but I guess we’ll never know.
The one above, in Hyde Park, had a sad beginning. Nobody wanted it. It was for sale for, like, 12 twelve years. I’ll post the history sometime in the future. Fortunately, it is lovingly cared for now.
The Alhambra above is listed on the Bea Lask thesis as 1484 Gilbert Ave. It’s placement on the lot is right where the two streets merge.
There they are. It’s nice to have them all in one post, to compare colors and how the owners choose to accent the house.
I know of one Alhambra in Columbus, two in the Cleveland area, and Sears mentioned in their catalogs that one was built in Dayton. I tracked the Dayton one down to a location on Lexington Ave., but it has been demolished. If you know of any others in Ohio, I would love to hear from you.
Sears offered a couple other Spanish or Mission style homes, as did the other kit house companies. Click below to see some of them.
Thanks for following along.