A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled across two older Sears models while researching in the Hartwell neighborhood of Cincinnati. Check them out! A 123 and a 124 and a 3190B
While we were in that area, we drove past several other Sears Homes that were on the “Master List of Sears Houses in the United States”, having been identified by other researchers previously.
I love seeing these houses in person. Even though you can “Google drive” past them, and there are photos on the Hamilton County Auditor’s website, nothing really compares to standing on the sidewalk and checking them out for yourself. For one thing, it’s hard to get a feel for the actual size of the homes from on line photos or the catalog images. At least it is for me.
And of course, I took pictures, so I could share them with my research group, and anybody else who happens to stop by this little blog occasionally.
Here they are.
The Marina came two ways. One choice had a shed dormer, like the one above, and the other a gable dormer, which made the roof higher and steeper.
The Marina on Woodbine has the shed dormer, but the roof has been raised like the option with the gable dormer. This is another reason why seeing the houses in person is so cool! Sears was willing to make changes to most of their home designs, for a small additional charge, and that is probably what happened when this home was ordered.
And last (for today), but certainly not least!
The Sears Preston was one of the larger homes Sears offered in the early 1920’s, and this one has a brick façade. You can’t really tell how large this home is from the front view, which is what is shown in the catalog illustration.
But when you see the house from the side angle, and compare it to the catalog floor plan, it becomes apparent this is a very large home.
The catalog image below confirms that Sears would change up a home design to suit individual buyers. That’s a Preston in the background of this page about contractors that were building Sears homes. It sure doesn’t look like the front facing image! The front entry changes make the house look completely different. No in set front door, and it has an added gabled porch roof. Also, it looks like the dormers are a different style. No wonder researchers have so much trouble finding these houses!
Here’s the view of the Preston model on Woodsdale from the angle shown in the catalog image above.
The brick Preston in Hartwell had been identified in 2003, by Rosemary Thornton, on what I think was her only trip to the Cincinnati area, long ago. Unfortunately, she didn’t supply an address, and told her faithful readers it was in Wyoming, which is the next neighborhood over. Several other researchers hunted for it for years, before it finally was spotted by my good friend Laraine Shape a couple years back. Thank goodness it’s been re-located, so it can be reviewed by the current group of serious Sears House researchers, myself included.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a few more of the Sears Homes in Hartwell. We have several more on the “list”, but I’ll save those for another post.
Thanks for following along.