Last weekend, I made a day trip to Cincinnati with my newest research pal, Marie. We were hoping to go see the Sears Lenox I located there back in January, but due to the flooding conditions on the Ohio River, we decided to stay well north of Cincinnati proper.
Then this week, thanks to the Abstract Books that are available on line through the Montgomery County Recorder’s Office, I have now located a SECOND Sears Lenox. To date, these are the only two of this model known to have been built, but I’ll bet there are more out there to be found.
Due to my crazy busy work schedule, it may be awhile before I can go get real life photos, even though this one is much closer to me in Dayton.
Here’s the Montgomery County Auditor’s photo from 2013, which shows the house still retains most of its original details.
And the catalog image…..
Pretty cool looking little house, in my opinion.
Here’s the floor plan.
This Sears Lenox is documented with a mortgage record between E Harrison Powell, Trustee for Sears, Roebuck and Irven L Fletcher. It was pretty common to see two mortgages for Sears Houses in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. Researchers are still not 100% sure why this was done, but it may have been the second mortgage was for construction costs, while the first mortgage was for the building materials only. The house was completed by 1934, according to the Auditor’s info.
Further research needs to be done, but it appears that Irven L Fletcher lived in the house until his death at age 94 in 1992.
Thanks for following along.