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About

Cindy Catanzaro has been researching Sears Houses since 2006, after discovering she was living in one!  As a volunteer for The Westcott Center for Architecture & Design, she leads walking tours and gives presentations to local interest groups.  She is a leading contributor to the National Database for Sears Catalog Homes, which currently lists addresses of more than 2100 Sears Houses across Ohio.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YCs5snRcpVUtO2Qq7UpxRs6O_MkWQMZOVflx0l7dF-I/edit#gid=0

In 2013, she was instrumental in locating a copy of a thesis written by Beatrice Lask that listed more than 500 Sears Homes in the Cincinnati area.  The thesis, prepared by Mrs. Lask in the early 1990’s, was originally on file at the University of Cincinnati DAAP Library, but had gone missing.   It has now been scanned, is back on file at the Library, and is available to the public.

http://digproj.libraries.uc.edu:8180/luna/servlet/detail/univcincin~27~27~267095~133680:Sears-Houses-in-Cincinnati

Cindy loves to share  information about this little piece of America’s architectural history.

Contact – cyn.catanzaro@gmail.com

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  1. Cindy:

    There is a farmhouse just west of Gettysburg that is slso a sears home. My ex husband lives there. His grandfather bought the house because it was a sears house back in the 80’s. He used to be the manager of Sears in Greenville. It is the 2nd house on the left going towards Greenville after you go through the light in Gettysburg. Happy Hunting!

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  2. I live in one as well. I requested to see the google document to see if our house was listed

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  3. Hello,
    I have lived in a Sears home in Chardon Twp, Ohio for 32 years.
    The original property was 30 acres, but we only purchased 5 acres.
    It’s nice to hear that there are enthusiasts that are always interested in finding our special homes.
    My windows and floors are original.
    I am not sure of the model…
    Regards,
    Penny Conover

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  4. I’m curious if I live in a Sears kit home. The sellers said it was, but I would like to know for sure. We live in blanchester Ohio and there are several houses in town similar to ours. What can I do to find out for sure?

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  5. My husband and I just bought a Lewiston in Morrow, OH. We were told it was a Sears home but got the confirmation when we found the original blue prints in the attic! I’d love to see if it’s listed in the registry. I requested a copy.

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  6. We live in a Sears Kit Home. It was built in the Mid 50″s It is a very simple ranch home with a basement. Id love to know what “model” it was. Any ideas on how to find out?

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  7. I really don’t know anything about Sears homes in Ohio but my father had an interesting story about one built in North Dakota. He was born in 1910 and as a young boy he watched his neighbors build a Sears house. The man was a conductor for the Northern Pacific railroad and gone most of the week so that he was available only on weekends to work on it. His wife built about 80% of the house by herself. I wonder how many other women built their own homes?

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  8. Cindy,

    We have a Cape Cod model that my grandfather had built in 1933. It is located up on Lake Erie (12533 Lagoon Drive, Curtice OH). He hired a father and son to construct the house. I have seen a picture of the two guys constructing the house with their canvas tent pitched in the back yard. When we were doing some remodeling, we found a 2×4 with my grandparent’s last name burned into it.

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  9. We have a Sears home, The Hammond. My neighbor has a different design. There are several in Vermilion Ohio and neighboring towns, there used to be a Sears store selling houses, services etc in nearby Lorain, Ohio. About 20 miles away along the lake is Sandusky, Ohio home of an amusement park, Cedar Point. Very close to Cedar Point is a large area that used to be called “Searsville’ due to all the Sears homes built there.

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    • Susan, I am just now starting to “see” The Hammond model. I’ll bet there are more out there to find. Thanks for letting us know about yours! Is it in Vermillion? We knew there were a lot of houses in Lorain County, but I’ll bet we need to check out Erie County as well!

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  10. I grew up in a Sears kit home that my grandfather built in 1924. It is at 3125 Beech Avenue, Covington, KY, not too far away from Ft. Mitchell. I have pictures of it as early as the 1930s. It is the Rodessa model.

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  11. Hello! My wife and I just bought a Sears “Lexington” kit home that was built in 1926 in Hudson, Ohio. The two next to it are also Lexingtons built in 1927. Our Hudson Historical Society refers to them as the “Three Sisters”. Very cool piece of trivia we came to learn upon making an offer on the home!

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    • Hi Scott. Congrats on your new home! The Lexington was a high end Sears model, so three together would be VERY unusual. Please know that the style of that model, Colonial, was extremely popular in the 1920’s and many homes built looked similar. What type of documentation was provided about the origins, I am wondering? Not saying it’s not a Lexington, but this is one of those models that is really tricky to identify.

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  12. Hello, I used to own a Sears Honor Built home in Delaware, Ohio, before the current owners remodeled it. I also still own an Honor Built Modern Homes catalog from 1924. The model of the house is not in that catalog, but it is in the 1926 reprint on page 29, the Oak Park. I also own a copy of the Building Material catalog of 1929 which has Millwork, etc. that was used in the Honir Built homes.

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    • Hi Fred. I have been past the Oak Park on Elmwood Dr in Delaware several times. I found a mortgage record for it as well, so it is completely documented. There is a Barrington model two doors down. The Oak Park is in the 1926 Dover reprint, but it is not in my personal original copy of the 1926 catalog. I think it must have been added sometime in 1926, and my catalog is an early year version.

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  13. Hi! Love your blog. How does one figure out if they’re living in a Sears kit home? Ours sure looks like one but I can’t figure out exactly which it might be. Thanks!

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