Sears Modern Homes 118 in Cherokee Oklahoma

Earlier today someone posted a photo in the facebook group ‘You know you grew up in Cherokee, Oklahoma when…’ asking what the history was on the home in their photo. My hand shot up like a kindergartener when the teacher asks what is 1+1? Oohh, pick me! Pick me! I knooow I knooow!!! I know all about that house.  Although it makes a cameo appearance in one of my blogs on the Sears Modern Homes #118 it has never played the starring role. Tonight, it becomes a star!

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This Sears #118 is located in Cherokee, Oklahoma and was built around 1917 per the Sanborn Maps. (The best I can determine.)  Using US Census reports, draft registration cards, and other genealogy records I was able to piece together the early history of this lovely Sears Modern Home.  No one in that group seemed to know the early history.

 

Sears merchandise catalog fall 1908

The Sears #118 was one of 40 modern home plans offered by Sears in 1908. Did this feature from the Fall 1908 Sears Merchandise catalog make it popular?

 

My research shows that Alanson Robert Carpenter was the original owner.  Alanson was born in Franklin Ohio on January 11, 1879 to Robert and Louisa Carpenter. His father was a stock raiser and a farmer. Alanson was the youngest of seven children.
Following his high school graduation in June of 1901 Alanson matriculated to nearby Marietta (Ohio) College for three years before transferring to Ohio State University in Columbus to attend Law School. Alanson was awarded a Degree of Law in June 1907.
Alanson immediately relocated to Guthrie Oklahoma where he was permitted to practice law under his Ohio state license until Oklahoma was admitted to statehood. In November of 1907 Alanson relocated to Cherokee Oklahoma where he would practice law until his death in 1953.

Alonson Robert and Ollie Leotte Carpenter  Sears 118 Cherokee Oklahoma

Alanson Robert Carpenter married Ollie Leotte Strain of Marrietta, Ohio on November 5, 1909. Per the 1910 US census the newlyweds were residing on Massachusetts Ave in Cherokee, Oklahoma.

 

Sears 1917 No 118

By the mid 1910’s Alanson was doing very well as a lawyer. In 1915 he became a director of Farmers National Bank. Ollie must have had her heart set on a victorian home and they selected this model from the Sears Modern Homes catalog. This is from my 1917 catalog as I estimate this was the year the home was built. You can see the price was $2,297. That price did not include electrical, plumbing or masonry materials.

 

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This is the side of the Sears 118 and it faces 12th Street, or, when the house was built, it was Pear Street! The 1920 US Census has the Carpenters residing at Pear and Grand Ave. The 1930 and 1940 US Census has them residing at this house on Grand Ave. The house now carries the address of 1201 S Grand Avenue.

 

Sears 1917 No 118

Now’s a good time to compare the right side fenestration with the photo above. Boy, that’s a BIG house. Mr and Mrs Carpenter never had any children and per the US Census reports they were the only occupants. That’s a lot of room for two people! Perhaps they entertained? Alanson was also the City Attorney for at least two terms. He was very active in the community as well. He was affiliated with Corinthian Lodge 307, Free and Accepted Masons, Consistory No 1, Knights Templar of Guthrie, and the Methodist Church. Mrs Carpenter was a cook, at least per the 1900 US Census she was. Sounds to me like she likely utilized her cooking skills quite often!

 

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The trees in this google screen shot obscure the view a little but I think you can see well enough to be sure that the fenestration on the left side matches the above floor plan too! And, what’s a house in Oklahoma without a cellar! (Maybe someone in Cherokee will send me a better photo to replace this google screenshot)

 

Sears 1917 No 118

That is a GRAND house! It’s no wonder it was such a popular model for Sears Modern Homes. It was offered in 1908 when Sears first offered kit homes, one of their original models. In 1918 it was named the Clyde and was discontinued shortly after. The 1930 US Census shows the value of the Carpenters house at $9,000. I bet it was the Belle of the Ball on Grand Avenue back in its day!

 

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This VERY LOVELY Sears #118 is in Cherokee, Oklahoma.  Do you have any stories to share about this home?  If so please comment below!   I only researched the history to 1940.  Alanson Robert Carpenter passed away in 1953 and his wife Ollie Leotte passed away in 1963.

 

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I hope someone restores the Sears Modern Homes 118 (Clyde) in Cherokee Oklahoma soon. It needs some TLC. Perhaps a nice cheery yellow paint like this 118 in a Seroco Paint ad from the 1915 merchandise catalog. Would you believe this house isn’t even on the Oklahoma Landmarks Database? Go to OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY State Historic Preservation Office website, it’s not listed on their database! Why?

 

To see just a few more Sears 118’s click here.   AND…    To see the inside of a Sear’s 118 click here!

Click here to see a Sears #118 that is on the market.  You will see some of the same millwork!

Have you seen a house like this somewhere? Or, another kit home?   If so please contact me at searshomes@yahoo.com.

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Inside a Sears Modern Homes 306 / 215, A Guided Tour With Blueprints

My last blog featured the exterior of a Sears Modern Homes 306 aka 215.

Today we get to see inside of that house and we are going to do so through the original blueprints! I’m going to point out a few things in the blueprints and show them with their catalog images. It’s going to be informative! Educational.  AND, FUN!  I LOVE matching millwork and hardware like this.

Let’s go!  The front is a great place to begin!

Sears 306-215 West Chazy New York Left Side

When I found this house a few years ago she was pink. She has recently been painted I have been told. This beautiful queen anne is at 50 West Church Street West Chazy, NY 12992 and it is currently on the market!

 

Sears 306-215 Front Elevation West Chazy New York Edited for Blog Highlighted

This original blueprint, courtesy of the homeowner, shows the front elevation. I’ve circled a few things that I’m going to show you.

 

Sears Millwork

This page is from my 1912 millwork and materials catalog. I have matched the corresponding numbers from the blueprints with the millwork in that catalog.

 

Sears 306-215 West Chazy New York Superba Front Door w Stratford Hardware

The description for the Sears 306, 215, specifies the Superba door. It is also seen in the blueprints. The hardware specified is the Stratford Design. Compare with the front door of the Sears 306, 215, in West Chazy Ny.   The other exterior door can be seen here.

 

Sears 306-215 First Floor West Chazy New York Highlighted

Let’s step inside! Once again I have highlighted a few things in this original blueprint that I have matched with millwork in the 1912 Sears millwork catalog.

 

Sears Reception Hallway

Welcome! This is the reception hall. I would like to point out the leaded glass cottage window and the leaded art glass. Those can be seen in the original blueprints.

 

Sears Millwork

The best cottage windows on the market.  :)  This page is from my 1912 materials catalog.

 

Sears Millwork

And there’s that beautiful leaded art glass (circled) in the reception hall! We’ll see it again later. I know it looks a little different but the number in the blue print matches the number in the catalog.

 

West Chazy 306-215 Colonnade

This beautiful colonnade separates the reception hall and the library. It’s the Lorraine colonnade and is in the blueprints as well.

 

Sears Millwork

From my 1912 Sears millwork catalog, the Lorraine Colonnade.

 

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This is another Lorraine Colannade from a Sears 306 215 in Livingston NY. The image is from from a real estate listing when I found it a few years ago.

 

 

Sears 306-215 West Chazy, New York Grille 8430 2

This beautiful grille, as notated in the original blueprint, leads from the library to the dining room.

 

Sears 1912

Artistic grilles will beautify your home. They certainly do as we have seen!

 

Sears 306-215 West Chazy, New York Grille 8428

This artistic grille comes with the house but I don’t know where it goes or where it was removed. However, it’s in the catalog, shown above, but not in the blueprints. Maybe it was sent in error?

 

West Chazy 306-215 Dining Room and grille

So, now we’re in the dining room! How about that chandelier? Light fixtures were not included in the package. HOWEVER…….

 

West Chazy 306-215 Dining Room Chandelier

Look closer

 

Sears 1912

I found the dining room chandelier in my 1912 building materials catalog! Looks like Maude ordered fixtures too.

 

Sears 306-215 Buffet in West Chazy NY

And that beautiful pass through china buffet in the dining room? Oh my!

 

Sears 306-215 Buffet in Livingston NY

I’m glad I saved this image! This is from a real estate listing for a Sears 306 215 in Livingston NY. The same built in buffet!

 

Sears 306-215 Buffet and Book Case West Chazy New York

I’ve never seen that buffet in a Sears millwork catalog HOWEVER … it IS in the original blueprint!

 

Sears 306-215  Book Case West Chazy New York

Did you notice the bookcase in the blueprints? It should be in the library but it’s in one of the bedrooms upstairs. And those blinds? I think those are original too! I found blinds like that in my 1912 materials and millwork catalog. I bet Maude placed an order for several things from Sears! Just like *Sears* hoped for customers to do!

 

West Chazy 306-215 Hinge

Did you notice this hinge in the photos? This half mortise hinge is often found in Sears kit homes.

 

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Sears hardware from an advertisement in my July 1913 National Builder. You can see the hinge as well as the Stratford door hardware!

 

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There is a pantry between the dining room and the kitchen and the pantry in West Chazy is intact! To the right in this photo is the pass through buffet to the dining room. I love those!
Now to the kitchen…

 

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And once again we have that beautiful leaded art glass that we saw in the reception hall!  It also appears the door off the back of the kitchen was moved, an alteration to the house where it was built on to as seen in the first blog.

 

West Chazy 306-215 Door and Stratford Hardware

The original blueprints show a Jackson door off the kitchen. It looks like the window has been replaced. There’s the Stratford door hardware again!

 

Sears Millwork

And from my 1912 Sears millwork catalog is the Jackson door.

 

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The Sears 306 215 shows another stairway off of the kitchen, good morning stairs. Although they are shown in the original blueprints for the West Chazy house I think they were omitted. This photo is from the Sears 306 215 in Livingston NY You can see the good morning stairs from the kitchen and those will lead you to the landing in the stairs from the reception hall.

 

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This is a view of the landing between the stairs that serves the kitchen and the reception hall stairs. That’s shown in the blueprints as well.

 

West Chazy 306-215 Newel and Stairs combo w Livingston

We’ve circled through the first floor now. On the left of this image is the Sears 306 215 stairway and landing in West Chazy NY and on the right is the Livingston NY stairway, from a real estate listing that I saved years ago.

 

Sears 306-215 Stair Detail West Chazy New York

Let’s take a look at the details for the stairs since we are here. I matched the inventory/catalog numbers from my Sears 1912 millwork catalog with the numbers shown for the millwork shown in the blueprint that you see.

 

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The more decorative newel is used in the reception hall and the plain newel in the kitchen for the good morning stairs. Except, you may have noticed…I did, the Livingston good morning stairs swapped the newels at the landing. Newels 2, 3 and 4 in this image are very common newels and every millwork catalog and kit home company had them. Those three newels were very common in kit homes and non kit homes.

 

Sears Millwork

The stairwork is in the millwork catalogs as well. This page is from my Sears 1912 millwork catalog.

 

Maude Lawson Sears 306-215 West Chazy New York

This undated photo of Maude Lawson’s Sears 306/215 was provided by the homeowner. I wonder if Maude sent this in as a testimony and it was never used in a catalog? It’s a GREAT photo! How about that interior? Was that not gorgeous?

 

Sears 1913

The Sears 306/215 from my 1913 catalog, the year Maude ordered her home. The price she paid was probably close to that $1561.00 . Cement, bricks, cement blocks were not included in that price and neither was anything electrical or plumbing. In 1913 the lumber was not pre-cut either. I’m sure she hired a carpenter or two. The 1920 census lists the value of her home at $3,500.

 

I would like to thank homeowner Amelia Lushia for all of the wonderful photos and documents for this house. What a treat!

If you are interested in buying this house please contact Tina Calkins Covey RE/MAX North Country by clicking this link.

 

Do you have a Sears 306/215 to report? If so please contact me at searshomes@yahoo.com.

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The West Chazy New York Sears 306 aka 215

As of 2011 Rosemary Thornton, the author of several books on kit homes and a few co-authored with Dale Wolicki, reported three known Sears 306/215’s. Moorefield, WV, Blacksburg, SC, and Christiansburg, VA.   You can see Rosemary’s blog on the Sears 306 by clicking here.

I’m going to add a couple to that list. I’ve actually known about these for a few years but I was waiting for the ‘right moment’. And actually, I have a photo album on facebook with these houses as a pre-view.  I do that often with houses in my research files before I write a blog. Well… that blogging moment happened along a few weeks ago  when I was contacted by the owner of the West Chazy 306. Sears Modern Homes catalogs mentions homes built in these cities and West Chazy is one of those and I quickly found it a few years via google street maps. A big pink, at the time,  queen anne on a main drag through town.

I was contacted because the house is for sale. I offered to feature the house on my blog and this is a doozy! I can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year than with a beautiful queen anne kit home from Sears!

I hope you enjoy this 2-part blog. In part one we will see the exterior of this beautiful home.

Enjoy!

 

Sears 1913

The Sears 215 was introduced in late 1909 or early 1910 as model number 306. The model number was changed to #215 in 1912 and this queen anne was last offered in 1917 as this style became less popular. This is the image from 1913 and you can see that there were at least two built by 1913.

 

Sears 306-215 West Chazy New York Left Side

When I found this house a few years ago she was pink. She has recently been painted I have been told. This beautiful queen anne is at 50 West Church Street West Chazy, NY 12992 and it is currently on the market!

 

Sears 306-215 Front Elevation West Chazy New York Edited for Blog

This original blueprint for the Sears 306/215 at 50 West Church Street West Chazy, NY shows the front elevation as seen in the Sears Modern Homes catalogs except with more detail and part numbers. If you notice, those tiny 4-digit numbers are the item numbers assigned in the Sears catalogs. These are the specifications and materials that were included with this model. We’ll see those doors and window sashes in the next blog when we have an inside tour.

 

Sears 306-215 Livingston New York Left Side

This Sears 306/215 is in Livingston NY and the photo is from a real estate listing from a few years ago.

 

Sears 306-215 4318 Hobbs Island Rd Owens Cross Roads, Alabama

This Sears 306/215 was posted in our facebook group  back in 2009 by the homeowner, a member of the group. It was one of the first group posts! I think it has since been sold. It is in Owens Cross Roads, Alabama.

 

I hope you took a peek at Rosemary’s blog and compared the Sears 306s she shared.

Maude Lawson Sears Letter Pg 1

Per this original letter from Sears the Sears 306/215 in West Chazy was ordered and built in 1913 and the buyer was Maude Lawson. Maude was the wife of David Lawson who passed away in 1913 and I think he passed away before she ordered the house. David was 33 years older than Maude and a widower when they met. They were married for a short 4 years before he passed away.

 

Maude Lawson Sears Letter Pg 2

It appears there was a problem with Maude’s order. I wonder what that problem was?

 

Maude Lawson Sears 306-215 West Chazy New York

This undated photo of Maude Lawson’s Sears 306/215 was provided by the homeowner. I wonder if Maude sent this in as a testimony and it was never used in a catalog? It’s a GREAT photo!

 

Maude Lawson and German Shepherd

This is Maude Lawson and I assume this was her German Shepherd. Maude was a member of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society. After her husband, David, passed away she never remarried and they didn’t have any children. She didn’t have any step children either as David and his first wife didn’t have any children. Maude, however, did have siblings and nieces and nephews as well as her parents in West Chazy. Maude’s maiden name was Stratton. I wonder if there are any descendants in West Chazy today?

 

 

Sears 1913

The floor plan for the Sears 306/215 from my 1913 Sears Modern Homes catalog. It was a large house for a single woman who was only 28 when her husband of 4 years passed away. Maybe she ordered it before he passed away in hopes of having a large family? Or, maybe she was like me and needed the room for her fur children :)         In my next blog we’ll use the original blueprints as our map!

 

 

Sears 306-215 West Chazy New York Front

Brrrr, it looks cold there! I LOVE it! This is the right side of the Sears 306/215 in West Chazy. That’s all original and recently painted! No vinyl siding….beautiful! One of the things I love about the West Chazy house is all of the original details and features, it is pretty much untouched by time. You will see that in the next blog when we tour the inside.

 

Sears 306-215 Livingston New York Front

Here is the Sears 306/215 in Livingston NY for comparison.   If you didn’t know the layout of the house you would think that this is the front. That door to the right is the dining room. This is a photo I saved a few years ago from a real estate listing. Where, I can’t remember.

 

Sears 1913

The Sears 306/215 from my 1913 catalog, the year Maude ordered her home. The price she paid was probably close to that $1561.00 . Cement, bricks, cement blocks were not included in that price and neither was anything electrical or plumbing. In 1913 the lumber was not pre-cut either. I’m sure she hired a carpenter or two. The 1920 census lists the value of her home at $3,500.

 

I would like to thank homeowner Amelia Lushia for all of the wonderful photos and documents for this house. What a treat!

If you are interested in buying this house please contact Tina Calkins Covey RE/MAX North Country by clicking this link.

 

In my next blog I will take you on a tour of the inside and point out Sears millwork and share more of the original blueprints as well! It will be a lot of fun.

Do you have a Sears 306/215 to report? If so please contact me at searshomes@yahoo.com.

You can see other wonderful homes and blog posts of both Rosemary Thornton and me on facebook if you click here.

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The Del Rey, Another California Bungalow from Sears Modern Homes

The Sears Del Rey is another stylish and popular bungalow that hails from California. Sears Modern Homes, as well as other kit home manufacturers, used popular designs of the day to sell more kit homes. I’ve traced a few of them to their origins in California.

Although Sears Modern Home catalogs tell us that the Del Rey comes from Pasadena, California I have not found it, yet. I have found a few examples of the bungalow style in Pasadena but I haven’t found ties to those exact homes like I did the other California bungalows I have featured.

To see what would become the Lewis San Pedro click here.

To see what would become the Sears Hollywood click here.

To see what would become the Sears Osborn, found in Seattle, click here.

To see what would become the Sears Savoy as well as offered by many other companies as a kit or a pattern click here.

Sears Modern Homes 1925 Del Rey

Sears first offered the Del Rey in 1920. Here is the catalog image from 1925.

 

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The Sears Del Rey was first built in Pasadena, California where it was admired by travelers from all parts of the world.

 

No kidding! I guess that explains why so many offered this bungalow!

Those who know me know that I have likely tried very hard to find THAT exact bungalow in Pasadena. And, you are correct. I’ve nosed around a lot and I have thoroughly checked the obvious places like Del Rey Ave in Pasadena and Bungalow Heaven.

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I found this Del Rey looking bungalow three blocks east of Del Rey Ave in Pasadena. Close. Not Sears. No cigar. Bummer.

 

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I found this Del Rey Looking bungalow in Bungalow Heaven in Pasadena. Once again, this is not THE Sears Del Rey nor is it “a” Sears Del Rey. Bummer.

 

I may not have found THE Sears Del Rey, yet, but thanks to Debbie and Ben George from the facebook group Sears Homes I do have one for show and tell!

Sears Del Rey 4182 Giles Rd, Moreland Hills, OH

This Sears Del Rey in Moreland Hills, Ohio reminds me of the 1925 Sears Modern Homes catalog cover! Photo is copyright of Debbie George.

 

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A Sears Del Rey in Moreland Hills, Ohio. Photo is copyright of Debbie George.

 

Oct 15front corbels

Although this front entry has been altered it is still clearly identifiable as a Del Rey entrance hood and corbels. Those corbels are very distinctive and the first thing that I look at when identifying a possible Sears Del Rey. They are very different from all of the other corbels used in this same bungalow style! It’s a cause to pause and take a closer look. Photo is copyright of Debbie George

 

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This is stenciled lumber, a floor joist I believe, in the George’s Sears Del Rey. Photo is copyright of Debbie George.

 

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This number, 13065, is the number assigned to the Sears Del Rey. You may have noticed that in the catalog image at the top. Photo is copyright of Debbie George.

 

 

 

Sears Del Rey 4182 Giles Rd, Moreland Hills, OH Front

Now that you’ve see the real deal maybe you know where one is! Photo is copyright of Debbie George.

 

To see more Sears Del Reys checkout Rosemary’s blog here.

Have you seen a potential Sears Del Rey somewhere? If so please contact me at searshomes@yahoo.com.

You can see other wonderful homes and blog posts of both Rosemary Thornton and me on facebook if you click here.

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And, special thanks to the Georges for sharing their beautiful home with all of my readers!

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Massive and Ornamental – The Sears Auburn

Once again I stumbled on a Sears house by accident. That happens a lot. Most of them I pass over but this one was unique, not a model that you see every day or that hasn’t been shared much yet I guess I should say. I was searching for something completely different in google images and a familiar image pops up. That image led me to a real estate listing and whatever I was searching for was forgotten and here I am.

Maybe you have seen a house like this?

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In the 1918 Sears Modern Homes catalog the Sears Auburn is described as Massive and Ornamental. The Auburn is a four square with approximately 2400 square feet and another 500 square feet if you count the porches off the back. And, ornamental, yes ... compared to most four squares it is ornamental.

In the 1918 Sears Modern Homes catalog the Sears Auburn is described as Massive and Ornamental. The Auburn is a four square with approximately 2400 square feet and another 500 square feet if you count the porches off the back. And, ornamental, yes … well compared to most four squares it is.

 

 

The Sears Modern Homes Auburn was first offered in late 1911 as model 176 as seen on the left. I used the Fall 1913 catalog image. This house as seen here was offered until mid 1914. At that time there was an exterior design change and a few minor changes to the interior. The image on the right shows these changes. This image is from my fall 1914 catalog. In the fall of 1916 this model is offered as already cut and fitted C2046 OR not cut and fitted C176. In 1917 it appears the not ready cut model is dropped and only the C2046 is offered and in 1918 this model is renamed the Auburn when all Sears houses were given names. This model was offered through 1925.

The Sears Modern Homes Auburn was first offered in late 1911 as model 176 as seen on the left. I used the Fall 1913 catalog image. This house as seen here was offered until mid 1914. At that time there was an exterior design change and a few minor changes to the interior.
The image on the right shows these changes. This image is from my fall 1914 catalog. In the fall of 1916 this model is offered as already cut and fitted C2046 OR not cut and fitted C176. In 1917, it appears or so it seems,  the not ready cut model is dropped and only the C2046 is offered.   In 1918 this model is renamed the Auburn when all Sears houses were given names. This model was offered through 1925.

 

This is the house that distracted me from what I was searching for originally. Since there aren't many of these known I clicked to see what I could find out. This Sears Auburn was built in rural Bruce South Dakota in 1918, according to the real estate listing. This photo is from the real estate listing. The listing doesn't mention it being from Sears so maybe they don't know, maybe they do, if not they will know soon enough ;)

This is the house that distracted me from what I was searching for originally. Since there aren’t many of these known I clicked to see what I could find out.
This Sears Auburn was built in rural Bruce South Dakota in 1918, according to the real estate listing.  The listing doesn’t mention it being from Sears so maybe they don’t know, maybe they do, if not they will know soon enough ;)  Photo courtesy of real estate listing.

 

This is the back of the Sears Modern Homes Auburn in Bruce South Dakota. All of the porches have been enclosed. This house has the distinctive brick pattern columns, the same rafter tail pattern around the eaves, the fenestration matches (other than the front door) as well as a few other architectural details so I'm pretty confident it is a Sears Auburn. The listing reports 1918 and it might be slightly custom or a transitional model. When I viewed the listing I noticed a few changes to the interior floor plan. Very minor changes.

This is the back of the Sears Modern Homes Auburn in Bruce South Dakota. All of the porches have been enclosed.
This house has the distinctive brick pattern columns, the same rafter tail pattern around the eaves, the fenestration matches (other than the front door) as well as a few other architectural details so I’m pretty confident it is a Sears Auburn. The listing reports 1918 and it might be slightly custom or a transitional model. When I viewed the listing I noticed a few changes to the interior floor plan. Very minor changes.

 

To see more photos of this house click here for the real estate listing.

Rosemary Thornton has a few blogs showing an Auburn. Here’s one she wrote recently! Check it out!

Have you seen a Sears 176/Auburn somewhere? If so please contact me at searshomes@yahoo.com.

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Sears Modern Home #119, A Ten-Room Modern Residence – Admired By All

The Sears Modern Homes 119 was one of the largest models Sears offered as one of their first 30 homes in 1908.  The Sears Modern Homes 118 was close.  The two houses were very close to the same size as far as square footage and their room arrangement was very similar as well.  Both models were offered in the first modern homes catalog.  The Sears 118 got a lot of publicity and advertisement time, far more than the Sears 119.  As a result the Sears 118 became one their most popular large homes they offered during it’s duration 1908-1918/19.  I have located a few dozen+ of model 118’s but only a few 119’s.  Hopefully this blog will help find a few more.  It was either not a big seller or there just haven’t been many reported, yet.

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The Sears Modern Homes 119 as seen in the 4th edition of the 1908 modern homes catalog. That's a huge house! Just under 3000 square feet.

The Sears Modern Homes 119 as seen in the 4th edition of the 1908 modern homes catalog.
That’s a huge house! Just under 3000 square feet.

 

The two house plans and measurements side by side for comparison. The room arrangement is similar and the square footage is close but the 119 is the largest. I haven't done the math but I'm guessing around 125 square feet larger.

The two house plans and measurements side by side for comparison. The room arrangement is similar and the square footage is close but the 119 is the largest. I haven’t done the math but I’m guessing around 125 square feet larger.

 

I found this Sears Modern Homes 119 in Loudoun County Virginia.

I found this Sears Modern Homes 119 in Loudoun County Virginia.

 

Sears 119 in Loudoun County Virginia

Sears 119 in Loudoun County Virginia

 

Sears 119 in Loudoun County Virginia...let's circle around the house since it sits on a corner, fortunately for us!

Sears 119 in Loudoun County Virginia…let’s circle around the house since it sits on a corner, fortunately for us!

 

This completes our 'walk around'. That's a huge house, more than 3,000 sq ft because the attic is obviously finished. And, yes, it is the real deal ;)

This completes our ‘walk around’.
That’s a huge house, more than 3,000 sq ft because the attic is obviously finished. And, yes, it is the real deal ;)

 

Balconies come and go or are omitted altogether but that porch roof is really unique. When identifying this house that is one of the first things I would look for. It sure caught my attention! It was how I recognized it right away.

Balconies come and go or are omitted altogether but that porch roof is really unique. When identifying this house that is one of the first things I would look for. It sure caught my attention! It was how I recognized it right away.  The Sears 119 was offered from 1908-1917.

 

According to this testimony there was a Sears 119 built in Baltimore Maryland. Sherman Wantz was a Baltimore physician.

According to this testimony there was a Sears 119 built in Baltimore Maryland. And it appears to have a widow’s walk, cool.  I wonder if it was functional?
Sherman Wantz was a Baltimore physician.

 

I found Dr Wantz's house pretty easily, well the address anyway. I've been hanging on to this house for a few years hoping to get a better glimpse of it. No luck. You can see through the front just a little. This side is about the best I can do for now.

I found Dr Wantz’s house pretty easily, well the address anyway. I’ve been hanging on to this house for a few years hoping to get a better glimpse of it. No luck. You can see through the front just a little. This side is about the best I can do for now.    The railing for the widow’s walk is gone now.  Bummer.

 

 This show a little more and you can see that it has a bay window but otherwise it matches the other Sears 119 in Loudoun County Virginia. Dr Wantz's house was built in 1911. He occupied it by 1912.

This show a little more and you can see that it has a bay window but otherwise it matches the other Sears 119 in Loudoun County Virginia.
Dr Wantz’s house was built in 1911. He occupied it by 1912.

 

Rosemary Thornton wrote a blog showing a Sears #119 that Rebecca Hunter found in Iowa. That’s the only other Sears 119 that I am aware. I know there are more out there, has to be!

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The Sears Yates, A Late Model Sears House

It’s a proven fact that Sears Modern Homes sold homes from 1908-1940. We know this from their published catalogs and I can verify that because I own all but one year of those published catalogs. This can also be verified by all of the merchandise catalogs. The last Sears Modern Homes catalog was published in 1940. That 52 page catalog includes 39 models and a few small summer homes, garages and a barn. The 1939 modern homes catalog is the exact same catalog. It was the end of an era for Sears.

The Sears Yates was one of the last models offered by Sears Modern Homes.

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The back cover of the 1939 and 1949 Sears Modern Homes catalog lists the locations of the remaining Sears Modern Homes sales offices. If you live in the vicinity of these locations you might find one of the last Sears Modern Homes to be built.

The back cover of the 1939 and 1940 Sears Modern Homes catalog lists the locations of the remaining Sears Modern Homes sales offices. If you live in the vicinity of these locations you might find one of the last Sears Modern Homes to be built.

 

The Sears Yates makes it's first appearance in the fall 1938 Sears merchandise catalog.

The Sears Yates makes it’s first appearance in the fall 1938 Sears merchandise catalog. By the way, that 200,000 is a slight exaggeration.  Rosemary Thornton, author of Finding The Houses That Sears Built, estimates that Sears sold 75,000 homes.  Sears sales numbers were inflated all the time in advertising.  ADVERTISING  ;)

 

The Yates first appears in the 1939 Modern Homes Catalog and last in 1940. This model was offered a little over two years.

The Yates first appears in the 1939 Modern Homes Catalog and last in 1940. This model was offered a little over two years.

 

Hackettstown, New Jersey, just 45 miles east of a Sears Modern Homes office, is home to a beautiful Sears Yates! This Yates was built in 1940. Photo is copyright of Geoff Wyatt

Hackettstown, New Jersey, just 45 miles east of a Sears Modern Homes office, is home to a beautiful Sears Yates! This Yates was built in 1940.
Photo is copyright of Geoff Wyatt

 

I don’t know if you noticed, but, like most of the Sears Modern Homes catalogs that listed the specifications of each model the Yates does not. The later years didn’t list specifications. I’m not sure why. Maybe each homeowner selected their own millwork and upgrades or maybe they just didn’t publish them in the catalogs. However, today we get to see inside a Sears Yates! I was able to match up a lot of the interior millwork and materials to Sears millwork from their merchandise catalogs for those years.

Let's start with the front door as we enter! Notice the original door? That's seen in the catalog image of the Yates. Photo is copyright of Geoff Wyatt

Let’s start with the front door as we enter! Notice the original door? That’s seen in the catalog image of the Yates.
Photo is copyright of Geoff Wyatt

 

Brrrr, close the door please...it's cold today! Isn't this original door beautiful? Photo is copyright of Geoff Wyatt.

Brrrr, close the door please…it’s cold today!
Isn’t this original door beautiful?
Photo is copyright of Geoff Wyatt.

 

The Manhattan hardware, original Sears hardware! Photo is copyright of Geoff Wyatt.

The Manhattan hardware, original Sears hardware!
Photo is copyright of Geoff Wyatt.

 

Sears Fall merchandise catalog 1939: Manhattan Hardware.

Sears Fall merchandise catalog 1939: Manhattan Hardware.

 

Don't you love this interior hardware? Beautiful! Photo copyright Geoff Wyatt.

Don’t you love this interior hardware? Beautiful!
Photo copyright Geoff Wyatt.

 

How about these original light fixtures? Very Streamline! I found that this line was called

How about these original light fixtures? Very Streamline! I found that this line was called “Sunglow”.
Photo is copyright of Geoff Wyatt.

 

The fall 1939 merchandise catalog offers a variety of

The fall 1939 merchandise catalog offers a variety of “streamline” light fixtures. The owners chose the Sunglow line for their Yates.
Awesome, something else for me to watch for on ebay LOL

 

 The Sears Yates in Hacketstown NJ has a 1/2 bath downstairs. Photo copyright of Geoff Wyatt.

The Sears Yates in Hacketstown NJ has a 1/2 bath downstairs.
Photo copyright of Geoff Wyatt.

 

Sears Yates Hackettstown, NJ 1/2 Bath

You can see fixtures in this catalog page from the Spring 1938 merchandise catalog!

You can see fixtures in this catalog page from the Spring 1938 merchandise catalog!

 

This ironing board is in the kitchen. These often get removed and replaced with a spice cabinet or such. Since we don't have specifications in the catalog it's hard to say if this came with the kit or if the owner added it at extra cost. Photo copyright Geoff Wyatt.

This ironing board is in the kitchen. These often get removed and replaced with a spice cabinet or such. Since we don’t have specifications in the catalog it’s hard to say if this came with the kit or if the owner added it at extra cost.
Photo copyright Geoff Wyatt.

 

Let's head downstairs to the basement. Maybe we can find some marked lumber on the floor joists! Photo copyright of Geoff Wyatt.

Let’s head downstairs to the basement. Maybe we can find some marked lumber on the floor joists!
Photo copyright of Geoff Wyatt.

 

Oh wow! Check THAT out! 3711 A That just happens to be the plan number assigned to the 2-story Yates...the single story with an unfinished second floor is 3711. Nice find! Photo is copyright of Geoff Wyatt.

Oh wow! Check THAT out!
3711 A
That just happens to be the plan number assigned to the 2-story Yates…the single story with an unfinished second floor is 3711. Nice find!
Photo is copyright of Geoff Wyatt.

 

Excellent examples of stenciled lumber in this Sears Yates! Photo is copyright of Geoff Wyatt.

Excellent examples of stenciled lumber in this Sears Yates!
Photo is copyright of Geoff Wyatt.

 

Let’s have a look at all sides of the Sears Yates! We don’t get to do that very often. Special thanks to photographer Geoff Wyatt…he sent me so many photos it was difficult to choose.

This shot of the Sears Yates in the snow was one of my favorite! I'm a big fan of snow! And the cold. Photo copyright of Geoff Wyatt.

This shot of the Sears Yates in the snow was one of my favorite!
I’m a big fan of snow! And the cold.
Photo copyright of Geoff Wyatt.

 

So pretty! Okay...no more snow :) Photo is copyright of Geoff Wyatt.

So pretty!
Okay…no more snow :)
Photo is copyright of Geoff Wyatt.

 

Here's a view we don't often have the chance to see! I love it when we can see the back of a kit home. Sometimes it can clue us in to the house being a kit or a possible pattern, not that this Sears model has a pattern likeness. I doubt it. I would be willing to bet that the Sears Yates was the design of someone with the Sears Modern Homes Construction Division. Just a hunch. Photo copyright of Geoff Wyatt.

Here’s a view we don’t often have the chance to see! I love it when we can see the back of a kit home. Sometimes it can clue us in to the house being a kit or a possible pattern, not that this Sears model has a pattern likeness. I doubt it. I would be willing to bet that the Sears Yates was the design of someone with the Sears Modern Homes Construction Division. Just a hunch.
Photo copyright of Geoff Wyatt.

 

And, the right side of the Sears Yates. Photo is copyright of Geoff Wyatt.

And, the right side of the Sears Yates.
Photo is copyright of Geoff Wyatt.

 

Are you living in a Sears Yates? Have you SEEN a Sears Yates? Do you have a kit home to share or that you need help identifying? If so email me at searshomes@yahoo.com

Sears Yates

*** Thanks to someone who read my blog another Sears Yates has been reported!  He tells me his family owns a Sears Yates that his grandfather built in 1939.  Photos coming after Christmas.  :)

 

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A Sears 118 … With Sears Shipping Labels!

Another Sears #118 (Clyde) was recently shared with me. This Sears #118 owner  sent me several interior photos that I was able to match up with Sears millwork. I find that to be a lot of fun! He also sent me a photo of a Sears shipping label.

If you aren’t familiar with the Sears #118 you might start here with my original blog on the Sears #118. I show several examples of a #118 aka Clyde. And that’s only half of what I have either located or that readers have sent in to me!

I hope you enjoy the photos of this Sears #118. Special thanks to Ron Haven of Greenfield, Iowa for sharing his Sears 118 that he has been working on for several years. Ron explained that when he purchased the house it had fallen in to disrepair. Repairs and restoration seem to be coming along very well!

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The Sears #118 was one of 40 modern home plans offered by Sears in 1908. Did this feature from the Fall 1908 Sears Merchandise catalog make it popular?

The Sears #118 was one of 40 modern home plans offered by Sears in 1908. Did this feature from the Fall 1908 Sears Merchandise catalog make it popular?

 

This Sears 118 (Clyde) is located in Greenfield Iowa. Photo is property of Ron Haven and may not be used without his written permission.

This Sears 118 (Clyde) is located in Greenfield Iowa. Photo is property of Ron Haven and may not be used without his written permission.

 

The Sears #118 from my 1908 4th edition Sears Modern Homes.

The Sears #118 from my 1908 4th edition Sears Modern Homes.

 

A view of the side of the Sears 118. Photo is property of Ron Haven.

A view of the side of the Sears 118. Photo is property of Ron Haven.

 

Side view of the Sears 118. Photo property of Ron Haven.

Side view of the Sears 118. Photo property of Ron Haven.

 

The back of the Sears 118 aka Clyde. Photo property of Ron Haven.

The back of the Sears 118 aka Clyde. Photo property of Ron Haven.

 

It’s rare that we get to see all sides of these homes. What a special treat to see all sides of a Sears #118! Now, let’s have a look inside as well!

The parlor and reception hall in the Sears 118. The sitting room is to the left.

The parlor and reception hall in the Sears 118. The sitting room is to the left.

 

The columns can be seen in this 1920 millwork catalog image.

The columns can be seen in this 1920 millwork catalog image.

 

Column

Sears stair material from the 1920 millwork catalog.

Sears stair material from the 1920 millwork catalog.

 

Sears 118 stairs

The newel posts from the 1920 millwork catalog.

The newel posts from the 1920 millwork catalog.

 

This is the sitting room in the Sears 118 currently in use as the dining room. You can see the parlor and the reception hall to the right.

This is the sitting room in the Sears 118 currently in use as the dining room. You can see the parlor and the reception hall to the right.

 

And, a closer view of the fireplace in the sitting room. original with the exception of the tile.

And, a closer view of the fireplace in the sitting room. Original with the exception of the tile.

 

Fireplace Grate

1910 Sears Fireplace Grate PERFECT match!

1910 Sears Fireplace Grate
PERFECT match!

 

I see Sears Stratford hardware and I also see corner bead.

I see Sears Stratford hardware and I also see corner bead!

 

Sears Stratford Hardware

Sears Stratford Hardware

 

Corner bead.

Corner bead.

 

Sears Millwork 19201920 Sears Millwork

Upstairs hall in the Sears 118

Upstairs hall in the Sears 118

 

Here's the Greenfield Iowa Sears 118 front door. Recognize the hardware?

Here’s the Greenfield Iowa Sears 118 front door. Recognize the hardware?

 

The shipping label Ron Haven found on the back of millwork during restoration. John Albert Deremo 1877-1942 , owner, was a farmer. He lived in this house with his aunt, Ida Deremo 1865-1945. Neither married and no children.

The shipping label Ron Haven found on the back of millwork during restoration.
John Albert Deremo 1877-1942 , owner, was a farmer. He lived in this house with his aunt, Ida Deremo 1865-1945. Neither married and no children.

 

Thanks to Ron Haven for sharing his Sears #118 (Clyde) and all of the wonderful photos!

Click here to see a Sears #118 that is on the market.  You will see some of the same millwork!

Have you seen a house like this somewhere? Or, another kit home?   If so please contact me at searshomes@yahoo.com.

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This Popular California Bungalow Could Be Anywhere!

Uh-oh. It’s another one of those popular bungalow patterns from California! You might find this bungalow design anywhere. This design was used by kit home companies and it was also published in pattern books and trade journals. You are likely going to need to see the inside to determine what it is. Knowledge of the floor plan and the millwork will help make that decision if you don’t have the opportunity to find stencil or grease pencil marked lumber.  Follow closely! (Enlarge any image by clicking on the image)

I was actually looking for something else, bungalow images I believe…in Pasadena…for some reason. I can’t remember why now. And then I was distracted, a familiar bungalow caught my attention. Not one I was looking for either. There I went!

Happenstance.

I followed the link to a real estate listing in Los Angeles, California. The house I quickly recognized as a Pacific Ready Cut Homes model 385. I was sure, 100% sure as soon as I saw the interior photos.

Who was Pacific Ready Cut Homes? I’ve not featured anything from them in my blog before.  Quickly:

Pacific Ready Cut Homes started in Los Angeles California in late 1908 and formally incorporated in early 1909 as Pacific Portable Construction Company. They manufactured knock-down (portable) houses/buildings. This newspaper clipping is from the Los Angeles Herald March 30, 1909.

Pacific Ready Cut Homes started in Los Angeles California in late 1908 and formally incorporated in early 1909 as Pacific Portable Construction Company. They manufactured knock-down (portable) houses/buildings.
This newspaper clipping is from the Los Angeles Herald March 30, 1909.

 

In 1916 Pacific Ready Cut Homes began offering pre-cut homes. This is one of many advertisements I found dated 1916. This is from the Bisbee Daily Review in Bisbee Az dated July 30, 1916.

In 1916 Pacific Ready Cut Homes began offering pre-cut homes.
This is one of many advertisements I found dated 1916. This is from the Bisbee Daily Review in Bisbee Az dated July 30, 1916.

 

Pacific Ready Cut Homes offered this very popular house in 1919. Where they acquired the blueprints I'm not sure, yet.

Pacific Ready Cut Homes offered this very popular house in 1919.
Where they acquired the blueprints I’m not sure, yet.

 

They even featured it on the cover of their 1919 Pacific Ready Cut Homes catalog!

They even featured it on the cover of their 1919 Pacific Ready Cut Homes catalog!

 

Now, about that house that caught my attention!

Courtesy of real estate listings. I'm sure this house is a model 385. 5906 Tipton Way, Los Angeles, California

Courtesy of real estate listings. I’m sure this house is a model 385.
5906 Tipton Way, Los Angeles, California

 

This photo from the real estate listings sold me. I see millwork from Pacific Ready Cut Homes!

This photo from the real estate listings sold me. I see millwork from Pacific Ready Cut Homes!

 

Pacific Ready Cut Homes 1925 catalog fireplace mantel and bookcases. Good match!

Pacific Ready Cut Homes 1925 catalog fireplace mantel and bookcases. Good match!  However, they painted the fireplace tile white.  You can see the original tile hearth.

 

The built in buffet at 5906 Tipton Way Los Angeles, California. Photo courtesy of real estate listings.

The built in buffet at 5906 Tipton Way Los Angeles, California. Photo courtesy of real estate listings.

 

Another great match! This image is also from my Pacific Ready Cut Homes 1925 catalog.

Another great match! This image is also from my Pacific Ready Cut Homes 1925 catalog.

 

I bet it was popular! The 1925 Pacific Ready Cut Homes Deluxe Edition catalog featured model 385 on the front as well!

I bet it was popular! The 1925 Pacific Ready Cut Homes Deluxe Edition catalog featured model 385 on the front as well!  BTW, this catalog is beautiful!  The cover is deep red embossed leather.

 

The Pacific Ready Cut Homes 1925 Model 385 shows more detail in the specifications, lets the buyer know what extras are included with the kit.

The Pacific Ready Cut Homes 1925 Model 385 shows more detail in the specifications, lets the buyer know what extras are included with the kit.

 

As if one isn’t enough to convince… How about TWO? Yes, I “happened” on another 385 in an old real estate listing. Let’s compare those same images and views again.

This Pacific Ready Cut Home Model 385 is at 4900 Lincoln Ave Los Angeles, California. The following images are from the real estate listings.

This Pacific Ready Cut Home Model 385 is at 4900 Lincoln Ave Los Angeles, California. The following images are from the real estate listings.

 

 

This fireplace is a PERFECT match! They even have the book cases minus the doors.

This fireplace is a PERFECT match! They even have the book cases minus the doors.

 

 

And there is that same buffet again!

And there is that same buffet again!

 

To see a lot more photos of the Pacific Ready Cut Home 385 at 5906 Tipton Way, Los Angeles, California click here and you can see the real estate listing.

To see a lot more photos of the 385 at 4900 Lincoln Ave Los Angeles, California click here for the real estate listing.

You might be wondering why you might find this California bungalow anywhere! (Even in Tulsa Oklahoma) Keep reading to see why.

This version of that same bungalow, same photo image even, appeared in Keith's Magazine as one of JW Lindstrom's homes. He was an architect from Minneapolis Mn. The floor plan is very different.

This version of that same bungalow, same photo image even, appeared in Keith’s Magazine as one of JW Lindstrom’s homes. He was an architect from Minneapolis Mn. The floor plan is very different.

 

This image is from a 1919 William Radford catalog. Blue Ribbon design 11345. Same image...different floorplan. Again.

This image is from a 1919 William Radford catalog. Blue Ribbon design 11345. Same image…different floorplan. Again.

 

In 1922 Aladdin Ready Cut Homes out of Bay City, Michigan offered a very similar model called the Norfolk.

In 1922 Aladdin Ready Cut Homes out of Bay City, Michigan offered a very similar model called the Norfolk.

 

And, of course Sears offered a version too! Sears first offered the Del Rey in 1920. Here is the catalog image from 1925.

And, of course Sears offered a version too! Sears first offered the Del Rey in 1920. Here is the catalog image from 1925.

 

And, in 1925 the same California bungalow made the cover of the Sears Modern Homes as their Del Rey. Hey, it worked six years prior for Pacific Ready Cut Homes!

And, in 1925 the same California bungalow made the cover of the Sears Modern Homes as their Del Rey. Hey, it worked six years prior for Pacific Ready Cut Homes!

 

Here is that same design with clipped gables in 1924 Southern Pines Homes, plan no 3002.

Here is that same design with clipped gables in 1924 Southern Pines Homes, plan no 3002.

 

Also, as seen on an undated catalog I have from Long Bell Lumber Company!

Also, as seen on an undated catalog I have from Long Bell Lumber Company!

 

And in Tulsa Oklahoma! Imagine my frustration when I found this house a few years ago. What do I think it is? I think it is from a pattern. I need to see the inside and get a floor plan. As you can see there are as many floor plans as there are versions thus far. The exterior measurements from the assessor site are really of no use for this California bungalow!

And in Tulsa Oklahoma! Imagine my frustration when I found this house a few years ago. What do I think it is? I think it is from a pattern. I need to see the inside and get a floor plan. As you can see there are as many floor plans as there are versions thus far. The exterior measurements from the assessor site are really of no use for this California bungalow!  (photo: Rachel Shoemaker)

 

In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Pattern? Likely

In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Pattern? Likely (photo courtesy of assessor)

 

Again, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. One block form the previous and across the street. Likely a pattern too.

Again, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. One block form the previous and across the street. Likely a pattern too.  (photo courtesy of assessor)

 

Have you seen a house like this somewhere? If so please contact me at searshomes@yahoo.com.

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Gordon Van Tine 914, An Early “Tiny-Home”

For a few years I have been seeing a lot of “tiny homes” on the internet and they seem to be quite the rage right now. About six months ago I noticed that “tiny homes” have come to Tulsa, my home town. Late one Wednesday night I was coming home from the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame where I play in a big band and I always pass by a business that sells storage buildings, nice storage buildings. If you are familiar with Tulsa it’s on the SW corner where HWY 169 and HWY 51 intersect. Curiousity got the best of me so I googled it and this is what I found

As I often do with any home, I started imagining what it would be like to live in one of these tiny homes.

While perusing my files and jpeg images looking for my next subject house I came upon a small home from Gordon Van Tine that as far as square footage fits the tiny home description very well! These smaller kit homes are often hard to find and hard to authenticate because they are so common, CLH is how they are often referred to. You can read about the “CLH” by clicking here.

I like the term tiny home better so let me introduce you to the Gordon Van Tine 914, tiny home. Approximately 600 square feet in size…I would call that tiny. In fact, it’s about the size of my three car garage!

This Gordon Van Tine 914 comes with a story, and an interesting story, a new beginning in a new country. So the story goes…

This is the home of Englebert Albert Koch and Martha Maier (Koch). Martha immigrated to the US in 1909 from Slovakland Austria and Albert immigrated from Paderborn Germany in 1912. Soon after their paths crossed and they were married. Albert retained work as a cabinetmaker. So, building this cute little home was probably no trouble at all for him! This home was built in the early-mid 1920's. The assessor reports 1937 but I can date it at least 10 years earlier.

This is the home of Englebert Albert Koch and Martha Maier (Koch). Martha immigrated to the US in 1909 from Slovakland Austria and Albert immigrated from Paderborn Germany in 1912.
Soon after their paths crossed and they were married. Albert retained work as a cabinetmaker. So, building this cute little home was probably no trouble at all for him! This home was built in the early-mid 1920’s. The assessor reports 1937 but I can date it at least 10 years earlier from this photo.

 

These “tiny homes” usually referred to in Gordon Van Tine catalogs as cottages are found in the back of their catalogs. Testimonials for these tiny homes are few and far between. I located this 914 using this photo and a name from 1928.

The Koch's lived in this house for close to 40 years! Albert and Martha never had ay children. In 1927 Martha's half brother, Theodore Lenge immigrated from Germany and lived with the Koch's in their tiny house. Theodore retained work as a cabinetmaker as well.

The Koch’s lived in this house for close to 40 years! Albert and Martha never had any children. In 1927 Martha’s half brother, Theodore Lenge immigrated from Germany and lived with the Koch’s in their tiny house. Theodore retained work as a cabinetmaker as well.

 

I wonder if the current homeowners know the history of their home? I think it's a neat story. If you have an ancestry account you can see the Koch family tree I created. I titled it Koch Family Tree - Gordon Van Tine 914

I wonder if the current homeowners know the history of their home? I think it’s a neat story. If you have an ancestry account you can see the Koch family tree I created. I titled it Koch Family Tree – Gordon Van Tine 914

 

 This is the 914 as seen in the Gordon Van Tine 1926 catalog. It appears in 1923 as number 583. it's a cute cottage.

This is the 914 as seen in the Gordon Van Tine 1926 catalog. It appears in 1923 as number 583.
It’s a cute cottage. And the stories that Albert’s house could tell after 40 years!  For example, by 1942 Albert lost his right hand thumb and forefinger.  I bet he did that at work.  In 1942 he was working at Hadley Furniture Company in Springfield Ma.    Just a hazard of the job!

 

Unfortunately Albert and Martha do not have any immediate descendants but her half brother Theodore Lenge does. Maybe they will find this blog and story!

And, if nothing else you now have a Gordon Van Tine 583/914 example….have you see this house somewhere? If so please contact me at searshomes@yahoo.com.

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