Occasionally when I find a “new” Sears House in the Cincinnati area, and share the information with my little research group on Facebook, Andrew will jokingly comment “I think they are still building them down there”.
Ha! I think he might be right!
It seems like no matter how many times somebody goes through old records, real estate listings, or Google drives around, we always “find” a new Sears House somewhere in Cincinnati.
But today isn’t about Cincinnati. It’s about the area just north of it, which also has loads of Sears Houses.
I researched the mortgage records in Butler County several years ago, and that led to locating many houses all over that County, a few of which I have shared in this little blog.
That led to me getting an email from a reader, Nathaniel, who said he lives next door to one of the Sears Osborn models in Hamilton, Ohio. Since the Osborn is distinctive, and he admires it every day, he was able to spot two additional ones nearby, and was kind enough to send me the addresses.
And they were both ones we didn’t already know about! I love it when that happens.
And they both look to have most of the original details, based on their Auditor photos and Google images.
Here’s the catalog illustration of The Osborn.
and the floor plan.
Here’s the two Nathaniel let me know about.
Of course, now that I know about these two, that’s my cue to have a “Google” drive around and see what else might be nearby.
Yep. Sears Houses. “New” ones.
Just down the road from The Osborn on Symmes is a Kilbourne model.
A short Google drive away in neighboring Hamilton, I spotted this house. Since it is painted all white, it was hard to spot the distinctive diamond shape decorative detail above the porch, but it’s there. What made me notice it first, were the chunky stucco porch pillars and the straight brackets that were part of this design.
Down the street from The Wellington is a Sears Conway model. And I think it was just built!
Really, I wouldn’t have spotted this one, except that on Google street view, and the Auditor site, there was an older version of the house.
And last, but certainly not least……..
I couldn’t hardly believe my eyes. Good thing the house is on a corner lot so I could see all the way around it.
A Sears Ashmore!!!!
I would call The Ashmore a “complicated” design. It has all kinds of bump outs and porches. That’s why it was so important to be able to see both sides and even the back!
Google was a big help for that.
First, the catalog image.
And the floor plan.
Notice the two bump outs on the right side. The first one is a window seat in the Living Room, and the second one, with four windows, is the bathroom and two closets.
You can see the four windows in the second bump out better in the Google street view image.
Both the left side porch and the back porch of this house have been enclosed. You can see the bedroom that bump outs at the rear on Google, too.
These are the six “new” houses located today in Butler County. You can bet I will be spending a few cold Wintery evenings this week Google driving around this area. Bet I’ll find more.
Thanks for following along.