I’ve just finished re-publishing blog posts written by my late friend, Laraine Shape, on a re-creation of her website, Sears Houses in Cincinnati. This makes me a bit sad, as whenever I was adding one of her blog posts to the site, it would bring back memories of all the fun we had on our days out and about hunting for Sears Houses, and I don’t want to forget those happy days.
A lot of the houses we drove past had been found by other researchers, but we still wanted to see them up close and personal, and get our own photos. And we always, always, found more on our trips out.
Usually I would get up early, and drive to Laraine’s house in Glendale, a little more than an hour from my home in Springfield. Once there, we would scope out our list of houses for that day, grab a coffee to go, and head out. Laraine would drive us around Cincinnati, thank goodness, and was a whiz at getting us to our destination neighborhood without too much difficulty.
One day, she wanted to do some driving around her own neighborhood, and show me some of the houses she had spotted recently. Glendale has lovely, well kept homes all over, but only a handful of Sears Houses, so Laraine was always thrilled when she located a new one in her own backyard, so to speak.
Unfortunately, she missed a beauty! I know how much she would have loved to have known about the impressive Sears Preston model, literally just a mile from where she lived!
The Sears Preston is shown in the catalog illustration with an inset arched front door centered between two sets of triple windows. The second floor windows are three sets of double windows, and there are double windows in the two dormers as well. The house in Glendale has that same window arrangement, but it doesn’t have the correct front entrance.
The Preston is one of the larger Sears models. Let’s have a look at the floor plan.
Here’s a view of the left side of the house in Glendale. The windows all match up to the floor plan shown above, except for the small window in the “Breakfast Alcove”. I’ll bet that area has been remodeled and is now part of an enlarged kitchen.
From this side angle you can see how deep the Preston is.
In the 1925 Modern Homes catalog, Sears showed the Preston from this same angle on a page featuring letters written by Contractors who had built homes.
And look at that! The Preston shown in the above illustration doesn’t have the inset arched front entrance. It has the same entrance as the house in Glendale.
Here’s the right side of the house in Glendale. It’s had a side porch added, but the evenly spaced upstairs windows also match the catalog floor plan.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have seen two other Sears Preston models, one in Marion, Ohio, and one in South Bend, Indiana.
Here they are.