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A Sears Argyle in Fairborn

 I love living in Ohio.  It’s a place where everywhere you turn, you might spot a Sears House.

I love having good friends, too, who will turn the car around every time I say “Hey!  There’s a Sears House!”

That’s what happened yesterday.  After a long day shopping with my two best gal friends……Flea Market…..Estate Sale……Antique Shops…….Ice Cream Shop……..we were finally ready to head home.

And then we turned a corner.

And there it was.  A Sears Argyle.

Sears Argyle 26 N Broad St CCat Fairborn OH

Sears Argyle at 26 N Broad St., Fairborn Ohio

And this wasn’t just any Sears Argyle.  It was one we could go inside!  A charming little place called “Ashlynne’s Attic” in Fairborn.

here’s a link to Ashlynne’s Attic Facebook page

My gal friends headed inside to check things out while I took some outside photos, so by the time I went in the charming owner had the scoop.  She already knew it was a Sears House, but didn’t know which model or details about the Sears Modern Home program.  While we chatted, she kept right on with her work fixing up an old chair for her shop.

Sears Argyle 26 N Broad St owner CCat Fairborn OH

She let me wander around and take lots of pictures of the original features of the house, and was proud of the fact that so many were still in place, even if some were a bit worn.

I have lots to share, but first you need to see the catalog image and details of the Argyle from the Sears Modern Home catalog.

1925 image

Image of The Argyle from the 1925 Sears Modern Home catalog

The house was built with the rooms reversed.  Sears offered that on many of their home designs.  Notice it is mentioned just to the right of the box that shows the cost of the model.

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Here’s the floor plan.  Remember when we start looking at the house in Fairborn to visualize it as a mirror image, with the Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen on the left side of the house, and the 2 bedrooms and bath on the right.

Argyle 1925 floor plan

Here’s a comparison of the catalog and the real house.  Sorry the angle of my photo wasn’t quite enough.  I was standing in the middle of a four lane road and had to hurry.

1925 image

 

Sears Argyle 26 N Broad St 4 CCat Fairborn OH

The Argyle had a lot of windows on the bedroom side.  Two of those were small windows in closets.  The house in Fairborn doesn’t have those, but I have seen them omitted in other Argyle models around Ohio.

Here’s the bedroom, bathroom side of the house.

Sears Argyle 26 N Broad St R CCat Fairborn OH.JPG

The other side of the house has the correct window placement, but one of the small windows by the fireplace has been covered over.   It was like that when the current owner purchased it.

Sears Argyle 26 N Broad St L CCat Fairborn OH

The photo above shows a lot of the original Sears details of this model, like the triple brackets at the porch peak, two sets of double brackets further down, and the decorative barge boards.

Researchers will use these features to help document that the house is actually from Sears Roebuck and not one of the pattern book homes that were so similar.  We also check out the window arrangement to make sure it follows the floor plan, but in this case I really didn’t need to do that, since we got to go inside!

The house has the original front door.  (That’s me reflected in the glass. )

Sears Argyle 26 N Broad St front door CCat Fairborn OH

Check out the original Sears door hardware that came with the house kit.  It’s the Stratford design.  The interior doors have the same.

Sears Argyle 26 N Broad St hardware 1 CCat Fairborn OH

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Here are some photos of the interior doors and trim boards.

Sears Argyle 26 N Broad St interior door 2 CCat Fairborn OHSears Argyle 26 N Broad St hardware 2 CCat Fairborn OHSears Argyle 26 N Broad St hinge CCat Fairborn OH

Sears Argyle 26 N Broad St millwork CCat Fairborn OH

The owner let me sneak down to the basement to looked for stenciled lumber.  We didn’t find any for sure, but we did see some faint markings that might have been.  The wood had darkened just enough to obscure them.

What was interesting about the basement, though, was the way the house was placed on the foundation.  The owner is pretty sure the house is one of the homes that was moved from the old city of Osborn to just outside Fairfield in the early 1920’s.  From the looks of the basement wall construction, it is possible she is correct in that assumption.   In the 1950’s, the 2 cities were combined and renamed Fairborn.

Here’s some info on that if you are interested.  Dayton Daily News Archives

I do have a mortgage record attached to a parcel in Osborn that I haven’t been able to pin down.   Additional research will need to be done to see if it might be for this Argyle.

I know this is getting long……..but here’s a few more outside photos showing off some of the details.

Sears Argyle 26 N Broad St front window CCat Fairborn OH

Original front window that has twelve panes on the top sash, which is shown in the catalog image.

Sears Argyle 26 N Broad St brackets CCat Fairborn OH

The triple brackets at the porch peak. They are starting to deteriorate, but I am always glad to see them still in place.

Sears Argyle 26 N Broad St Bargeb CCat Fairborn OH

The decorative barge boards. I love these!

Sears Argyle 26 N Broad St pillar CCat Fairborn OH

Details on the porch pillars

My gals and I decided we loved the landscaping, especially the blue balloon flowers that contrasted so nicely with the color of the house.

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Sears Argyle 26 N Broad St close up CCat Fairborn OH

Take a trip to Ashlynne’s Attic  in Fairborn.  We did!

Sears Argyle 26 N Broad St friends CCat Fairborn OH

 

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9 comments on “A Sears Argyle in Fairborn

  1. What a great house! Love the photos, Cindy. Such fun!

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  2. Love it! Great find Cindy.

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  3. Very cool! Do you think that’s an original storm window on the front?

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  4. Cindy, I’m on vacation and I’m not sure I could easily put my hands on a Fairfield and Osborn map, BUT I lived in a house moved from old Osborn and I’m 95% certain this was in Fairfield. Broad Street was Fairfield’s Main Street. We’ll talk when I get home. Love from Yellowstone National Park. Email sketchy here so if I don’t respond, you’ll know why. Great blog, and I have some friends to share it with. Our realtor works in the Osborne on Central, we could get in there. And as I told you, my brother lived in the Clyde in college. What a hoot!

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  5. I love your photos, Cindy! Congrats on your discovery.

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  6. As far as I can tell, all the windows are original because they have the older glass. The storm is not currently on the front, however, I have it in the basement.

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  7. Looking at these pics of an Argyle I believe the house I currently own in Racine, WI might be one. As a child I knew the old gentleman who built it in 1927-28 and I was told he built it from a kit. The original lock in the back door still says Sears on it, my kitchen has original cabinets, the woodwork and hardware is the same, bathroom floor tile is original. I have a window in my front closet. and recently discovered pictures of the original house from the 1940s showing the “winged” boards near the gutters. How can I find out more on Sears houses? Note: I am only the 3rd owner and there have never been any children in the house.

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