Cindy Catanzaro

A Sears Lenox in Cincinnati (Riverside)

A Sears Lenox in Cincinnati (Riverside)

There’s a few models in Houses by Mail that I just don’t pay much attention to. Like this one. According to Houses by Mail, the Lenox was only available for one year – 1933.  So……really…..what’s the chances of me actually locating one?  Pretty slim. But,  I’m continuing to slog through the Hamilton County deed and mortgage […]

A Sears Norwich in Cincinnati (Green Twp)

A Sears Norwich in Cincinnati (Green Twp)

My last blog post was about A Sears Carrington in Wyoming (Cincinnati).  Until recently,  researchers used to think that mid to late 1930’s Sears Houses were rare, but the current group (me included) of kit house hunters know now that is just not so.  They are out there all right…….but they are harder to find. One […]

A Sears Carrington in Wyoming (Cincinnati)

A Sears Carrington in Wyoming (Cincinnati)

A couple of years ago, I spent several months going through digitized copies of The Cincinnati Enquirer, available through my Newspapers.com subscription, looking for information about Sears Houses that had been built there.  I found loads of  good stuff.  Ads, articles, mortgage and deed references, building permit notices….. many of which led to locating one […]

10 Sears Clyde models (Dayton)

10 Sears Clyde models (Dayton)

Do you ever wonder where Sears got the name for their house models?  I do!  Some, we know, are named after cities in Illinois, where Sears was based.  A lot of them, in fact.  And some are named after cities where the style of a particular model was popular, like “The Pittsburgh”, and “The Norwood”. […]

Another Sears Concord (Xenia)

Another Sears Concord (Xenia)

A while back I located a 1930’s Sears model, The Concord, right here in my hometown – Springfield. A Sears Concord in Springfield The Concord has great history for Sears Roebuck, as it was the model they chose to be on display in Chicago at the 1933 World’s Fair, “A Century of Progress”.   Due […]

More Sears Houses in Hartwell (Cincinnati)

More Sears Houses in Hartwell (Cincinnati)

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 […]

It’s getting closer…….in Dayton

It’s getting closer…….in Dayton

You would think that with over 1600 Sears Roebuck kit homes already identified in Ohio, I wouldn’t have any trouble finding one to show here. But when one of them tugs at your heart strings, it deserves a repeat blog post. A while back, I stopped and took pictures of a nearly catalog perfect Sears […]

A 123 and a 124 and a 3190B

A 123 and a 124 and a 3190B

I wanted to break out in song when I typed the title for this blog post. “A 123…..and a 124…..and a 3190B ! ” I wanted to break out in song the other night, too,  when I was reviewing houses on the Hamilton County Auditor’s website and spotted what sure looked like a Sears model […]

A Sears Oak Park in Wilmington

A Sears Oak Park in Wilmington

OH!  Is it?  Is it a catalog perfect Sears Oak Park? You bet it is! Our route to and from Martinsville and Blanchester a couple weeks ago took us through Wilmington.  I wasn’t too familiar with the area, but my friend Gretchen was, so she navigated while I drove. Wilmington looks to be a well kept town, […]

A Sears No 156 in Blanchester (maybe)

A Sears No 156 in Blanchester (maybe)

My last blog post was about an older Sears model, the No. 170, in Martinsville, Ohio.  On the same day trip, we (my friend Gretchen and I) drove the short distance to Blanchester to check out another possible Sears home, the No 156.     The Sears No. 156 was first offered in 1911 as […]