A while back I did a blog post about how many houses Sears advertised they had sold in Cincinnati. Over 3,000!
That’s a big number, even for a city the size of Cincinnati. So….that makes us Sears House researchers scratch our heads and wonder…..what did Sears mean by “in Cincinnati”?
We’ve pretty much decided that Sears, at the time, had regional sales districts that encompassed a large geographical area. Just like today. And most likely, the Cincinnati region included the many small cities and villages over the river in Kentucky.
Because of that, when I do a real estate search, hunting for possible Sears Houses in Cincinnati, I will occasionally include some of those small cities across the river. And happily, last week, I spotted two possibles in Ft. Mitchell. Now, I’ve been saying for years that I needed to get across the river on a day trip or two, so today, being Mother’s Day and all, Frank (husband) and I hopped in my car and headed south.
I’ve got to admit, I had no idea what to expect of Ft. Mitchell. Most of my experience with that part of Kentucky is just getting to or from the Airport, or seeing whatever I can see from I-75 on the way to or from somewhere else. But we were pleasantly surprised, as Ft. Mitchell is a lovely community. The houses were well kept, the streets were clean, businesses looked to be thriving, and the people we crossed paths with were happy and friendly. So even though the afternoon was a bit gloomy from a steady drizzle of rain, we had a good day trip.
And I got loads of pictures of lovely Sears Houses. At least I think they are all Sears Houses. Not documented. Any of them. But I’ll share some of them anyway. There’s actually too many of them for one post! I got pictures of 16 houses, and spotted several more that I wasn’t able to get pictures of today, due to rain, no place to park in the rain, or vehicles being in the way.
The first three are on Greenbriar Ave.
I spotted three more on Beechwood Rd. I was able to get a real picture of one of them, but not the other two, as Beechwood is a two lane road with no street parking, and since it was raining, I didn’t want to hike a block or two. No matter. Google has pretty good views of the two I wasn’t able to get myself. But the one I did get is the wonderful Martha Washington.
Two on Woodlawn. Well, sort of. One is from Sears and the other one was a big surprise!
Since Sears owned the Norwood Sash and Door Millwork plant in Cincinnati, they had strong sales throughout Southern Ohio and beyond. And while I have located house kits from other companies along the way, they are pretty rare in the Cincinnati area. So it was a big surprise when I spotted what appears to be one of the largest models available from The Aladdin Co., the Brentwood, in Ft. Mitchell. And let me tell you, this house is huge! Whoever would have thought it could have been purchased as a kit through a mail order catalog. Of course, I could be wrong, as the entry is different, and the side porches don’t match the catalog perfectly. But those details were often changed at order time.
Now since Ft. Mitchell might have one of largest models from the Aladdin Co., it makes sense it might have one of the largest models from Sears, too! And it’s one of the two houses I spotted on a real estate website. The Sears Glen Falls. My favorite model! My dream house. At least, I think it might be a Glen Falls. It’s had a couple of additions, nicely done, to keep the original design of the house intact, and the entire inside has been updated, so it’s hard to know for sure. And standing on the sidewalk, it seems almost too big. But……..a girl’s gotta have a dream.
Now, if I could just win the lottery……..click here to see the real estate listing
I’ll share more Sears Houses in Ft. Mitchell in my next post. Or maybe two posts.
Thanks for following along.