Oh Cincinnati, I haven’t forgotten you. In fact, no serious Sears House researcher would ever forget about Cincinnati. Why? Because it’s the home to the most Sears Houses ever built. That have been located so far, that is.
I’ve been on numerous day trips to Cincinnati to get pictures of some of the houses that have already been located, and every time, I spot a few more.
And as several researchers, including myself, are still diligently going through a bunch of old mortgage books on line looking for the houses that were financed through Sears, we are continuing to document some of the houses already found, and locate even more. It’s never ending.
Just in the last couple of days, researcher friend Andrew Mutch located a couple of Sears Houses through those old mortgage records, on Woodmont Ave in Cincinnati. When he posted them in our little tiny Facebook research group, he wondered what neighborhood Woodmont was in. So…..right to the Hamilton Co Auditor’s website I go, and look it up. It’s in Pleasant Ridge.
Well, on my very first day trip to Cincinnati several years ago, I met up with a fabulous lady named Donna Bakke, and she took me to several Cincinnati neighborhoods, Pleasant Ridge being one of them. But we didn’t go down Woodmont, which is a “No Outlet” street. Did Donna know about the Sears Houses on Woodmont? We’ll never know for sure, as she has since passed away, and all her knowledge has been lost. Sad.
But, I do have my great memories of that first Sears House hunting day trip to Cincinnati, and a whole bunch of pictures. Yes, they are old pictures. At least three years! But they are new to this little blog, and I want to share them with anybody who happens to stumble across this site. Houses we didn’t go past, or ones located after my trip are shown with Auditor of Google Map photos.
Here they are, in alphabetical order, mostly.
A possible customized Sears Kilbourne. The front porch and the dormer have been swapped from what is shown in the catalog. This change would be possible as this model is basically a rectangle, and the porch and dormer are simply design elements. Or maybe……they put the house together wrong.
There are two other Sears Marinas in Pleasant Ridge. One is at 3137 Gloss Ave. but there are a lot of trees in the front yard, so views are not great. The third is located at 3151 Auten Ave.
There are three Sears Puritans in Pleasant Ridge.
The other two Puritans in Pleasant Ridge are at 3265 and 3281 Beredith Pl. Neither are documented. Yet.
There is another Roanoke at 5622 Lester Rd.
Cincinnati has loads of Rodessa models, but there is one in Pleasant Ridge that is my all time favorite.
There is a second Rodessa in Pleasant Ridge at 5553 Bosworth Place.
Another popular little Sears House was their Starlight model.
Pleasant Ridge has a nice one.
There are two Vallonia models in Pleasant Ridge.
Another great bungalow model from Sears was The Westly.
Hard to see this one due to the landscaping.
Just located this Windsor model while I was reviewing the Pleasant Ridge houses for this blog post. It’s right next door to a Rodessa that had already been identified. And that’s how it goes in Cincinnati! We find new ones every time we look around! The roof line looks a little off, but the window arrangement and the exterior dimensions of the house match. I will need to take a look at it in real life some day.
And last, but not least is this sweet little house. The body of the home appears to be a Sears Delevan, but the front porch is more like the one on The Somerset. Sears would make changes to models for a small fee.
There they are! 26 so far in Pleasant Ridge. Bet we find more.