***UPDATE!*** a reader came across this blog while researching their home and has some interesting information to share about their Radford #553.
Yesterday I drove 80 miles to get my Cherokee Nation car title and tag for my car. Eighty miles? you ask. Who drives 80 miles to get their car tag renewed? I could have gone someplace much closer, yes. However, I made the drive to Sallisaw which is south and east of Tulsa for another reason. Sallisaw is the county seat for Sequoyah County and they have one of a handful of the Cherokee Nation Tag Offices. I went the extra miles for the adventure! I loaded up my camera and gathered my documents and set out to see what I could find.
I took a quick drive through the main thoroughfare of town since I have never been to Sallisaw, that I can recall. On one of the main streets, Wheeler Ave, I found a perfect example of a Radford Design No 553! I was excited.
William A. Radford had an architectural firm in Chicago, Ill in the early 1900’s. He published several carpentry books and he was the editor of the trade journal American Builder. His homes are often mistaken for “Sears” houses. And, actually the mail order companies did use some of his patterns for their kits in the early years. I’m just as excited to find a Radford pattern home as I am a mail order kit home!
Isn’t that a beautiful home? I wonder who lived there? I wonder if the current homeowners know what it is?
I happened upon one in New York a few years ago that is across the street from a Sears #118. It’s a real beauty too! This google screen shot is the best I can do.
I spent some time trying to see what I could find on the house, nothing on the internet. I don’t know who lived there. The census doesn’t list addresses in Sallisaw only Wheeler Road. The house is not on the 1904 Sanborn Fire Maps but is on the June 1909 Sanborn Maps.
Upon close review of the Sanborn Maps I saw something I’ve never seen before, the house was notated as (from plans)! I looked at the entire town of Sallisaw and this was the only house with this note.
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I stumbled upon your blog today as I was searching for information on Radford Homes. Two years ago we purchased for $500 at auction a 2 1/2 story, 1904 farmhouse and moved it 60 miles to a small parcel of land we had purchased near Lake Park, MN. There is a nearly identical house on the main street of Wadena, MN (the city we currently reside in), so that led us to believe that the house plans for those houses were in one of the popular plan books of the time. A few weeks ago, while my son was looking for treasures in the attic, we found the original Radford American Homes Specifications booklet for our house, #553! We were so excited to finally know what plan it was, and to be able to look up the original floor plan. Our house was built with only a back staircase – no pretty open stairway near the front door – in order to turn the what was supposed to be the front hall into a bedroom. Our house was also built without the second story balcony over the porch, and instead of a bump-out on the back, there used to be a bump-out on the side of our house.
Our farmhouse was in the same family for over 100 years; we are the first non-related owners. I have been told that one of the former owner’s relatives has the original blueprints and am hoping to convince them to hand them over. We are considering adding a front staircase and it sure would help to have the original plans!
Our house move was filmed for an episode of HGTV-Canada’s “Massive Moves.” Here is a link if you would like to watch it: http://www.moepipeorgan.com/house.mp4
The video takes a few minutes to load and is best viewed in a window less than full-screen.
Thanks for sharing your discoveries on your blog! It was really neat to see other versions / color schemes of our house. Our house was originally painted rusty red but at some point it was painted all white and the porch was enclosed. I would like to put some color back on it, and we are planning to rebuild the porch this summer. I have attached a few photos for you. You are welcome to use them on your site if you like.
Thanks to Suzanne for providing the following photos of TWO Radford #553’s!
And on Main Street in Wadena, MN is ANOTHER Radford #553!
Isn’t that fun? I am so happy that Suzanne found my blog. To my knowledge it is the only information that shows up on an internet search for the Radford #553.
Thanks so much for sharing two more wonderful Radford homes with everyone! I love Radford’s designs and this is one of my favorites.
Make sure you watch the video of their house being moved. It takes a few minutes to load but it is just AWESOME!
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