A Day Trip to Newark

As I sit here checking on a couple comments left on this little blog, I realize that I haven’t written a post in almost three months!  You all probably think I haven’t found any new Sears Houses recently.

Not so!

I did take a little break from research over the Holidays,  but since then I have located  houses here and there, all from my desktop PC in my warm home office.  Hey!  It’s Winter in Ohio.  And while we are having a mild Winter in my part of the State, the lack of sun, and daylight, makes driving around not that much fun.

But recently we did have a day when the sun was shining, so hubby, Frank, and I hopped into the car and took a ride.

We decided to head to Newark, a place we’ve been meaning to visit, but hadn’t gotten around to yet.  Mostly because we wanted to see the Louis Sullivan designed Home Building Association Bank.

Home Building Association Bank

But you know what happens when I go someplace new!  I always try to make a little time to look for Sears Houses.   We already had a couple houses in Newark on our Master List, and I wanted to drive by those as well.

We got kind of a late start, so we didn’t get to Newark until just before lunchtime.  We headed downtown first, as that is where the bank building was located.  And since The Licking County Recorder’s Office was there as well,  I could to do a quick check for mortgage records.  That is one of the ways serious researchers locate homes purchased as kits through Sears, Roebuck.

As happens often, the employee at the desk wasn’t sure if they had mortgage index books available for the 1920’s and 1930’s, as that isn’t a thing normal people ask for.  But as also happens often, some random person who does Title searches for a living, heard our conversation and showed us where they were.

I didn’t find a lot of mortgages, 10 total, but from those I was able to track down a couple more Sears Houses, and document two that we already knew about.

After a quick lunch, we headed out for a drive around town so I could get a few photos.

Here’s one we already knew about, from an owner, I think, but is now documented with a mortgage record.

Sears Maplewood 426 Cedarcrest Ave Newark OH left (EHP)

Sears Maplewood, 426 Cedarcrest Ave., Newark OH

Sears Maplewood image 1931


By the way, that decorative iron piece on the chimney is not an “S” for Sears.  It was a common design feature used at the time, and is found on many homes NOT from Sears.

Here’s the house straight on from the front.  The Maplewood house design was also pretty common, and as there were many homes built around the same time that looked like it, that were not from Sears, it is good to have photos of a documented one for comparison.  The slope of the “catslide” and where it stops and starts along the main body of the house are details we review when checking houses we spot on street surveys.

Sears Maplewood 426 Cedarcrest Ave Newark OH (EHP)

Sears Maplewood, 426 Cedarcrest Ave., Newark OH


Here’s the other house we already had on our list in Newark.  I didn’t find a mortgage record for this one, so we still don’t consider it documented.  Additional information from the owner, or an inside inspection would be needed for that.

Sears Avalon 248 Goosepond Rd Newark OH

Sears Avalon, 248 Goosepond Rd., Newark OH


Avalon image 1921

The house has had some exterior updates, which removed some of the architectural details, but it looks like the porch rail is original.

Sears Avalon 248 Goosepond Rd Newark OH L

Sears Avalon, 248 Goosepond Rd.,Newark OH


Another house that was already on our list, but is now documented with a mortgage record is this one, that I spotted and took photos of way back in 2013.  It’s in Utica, not Newark.  Remember, the mortgages are recorded by county, not city.


Sears Barrington 234 N Main St Utica OH L (WOL)

Sears Barrington, 234 N Main St., Utica OH

Sears Barrington 234 N Main St Utica OH R1 (WOL)

Sears Barrington, 124 N Main St., Utica OH

Sears Barrington 1928 image

My funny story about The Barrington in Utica is that my photos of it were in my “lost houses” folder on my PC for quite a while.   I wasn’t very good at labeling my photos when I first started this crazy hobby, and when this one turned up a couple years ago while I was trying to organize them, I had no idea where is was!  I think I figured it out last year.   Now we know it’s the real deal.

One of the houses I located from the mortgage records is in the village of Jacksontown and one is in the village of Johnsontown.   We also know of a possible house in Granville, so Sears Houses were being built all over Licking County.   I’ll bet a thorough in person street survey will turn up more.

Licking County map

Licking County map


Oh yeah.  That bank building we wanted to see is undergoing serious restoration so we couldn’t see much.


Hopefully I will get back to Newark before I look like the ladies in this sculpture downtown.


Thanks for following along.


9 comments on “A Day Trip to Newark

  1. I love the way the Barrington’s chimney really does follow the brick style on the catalog image. So often, we see a simpler line on the chimneys. Great research (and funny story about the “lost houses” photos!).


  2. As always, I love your blog! I especially loved this one because the update you provided on the Louis Sullivan bank as well as your awesome Sears finds. I’ve been thinking of heading over to Newark to see the bank but I’ll wait until fall in hopes that the renovations will be done. Happy hunting Cindy!


    • Sue, I might wait until the tarps are off of the bank before we go back. It’s been vacant for a long time, I think, so you can really only see it from the street. Newark has a nice downtown area.


  3. Newark is a fun place for a day trip even without the lure of new Sears houses to find! The Heisey Glass Museum and a short side trip to The Olde Mill in Utica for some Velvet Ice Cream after a walk around Dawes Arboretum make a perfect day!

    This was an especially good blog post, Cindy. I love that Avalon bungalow–what a cute house!


  4. I just bought a home, that I was told is a sears home, last year in Tiffin Ohio


  5. What in the heck did they do to the front of that poor barrington?! I have one up by Cleveland in Parma Hts. It is still mostly original. Unfortunately the previous owner put plastic siding on it a few years before I bought it. The installers mutilated all of the detail while installing the siding too. And at some point in the 60s the back porch was enclosed and a bathroom added off the back of it.


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