Sears Houses in Wyoming, Ohio

Originally posted by Laraine Shape on January 14, 2014

SEARS Roebuck kit houses. Just one more reason to love Wyoming, Ohio. It’s loaded with them! And if you’ve ever wanted to own one, you may just get lucky in Wyoming.

Some of the SEARS house homeowners in Wyoming may remember the lecture Beatrice Lask gave at the Historic Society back in the early 90′s (available on DVD at the Wyoming Historical Society office at 800 Oak Ave.). At that time she was in the process of surveying Cincinnati for SEARS houses and is the person responsible for identifying 500 of them (with no help from the internet). Her work was done as part of her masters degree program at the University of Cincinnati and was the basis for her thesis. Her complete thesis is on file at the University of Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Enquirer published an article on SEARS homes which mentions Ms. Lask’s work titled SEARS Homes Come Into Their Own by Denny Lee/ The New York Times and Joy Kraft / The Cincinnati Enquirer. Because of this article I recently had the pleasure of meeting Beatrice and discussing her SEARS project at some length.

The following photos are of homes believed to be genuine SEARS homes in Wyoming, including 5 four family apartment buildings.

130-Burns-Josephine-1
Sears Josephine with second story added- 130 Burns Ave
23-Central-Matoka
Sears Matoka- 23 Central Terrace
426-Burns-Argyle
Sears Argyle – 426 Burns Ave
1028-Burns-Americus
Sears Americus – 1028 Burns Ave
1099-Burns-Vallonia
Sears Vallonia – 1099 Burns Ave
228-Crescent-Marina
Sears Marina – 228 Crescent Ave
300-Crescent-Hathaway
Sears Hathaway – 300 Crescent Ave
51-Euclid-Vallonia
Sears Vallonia – 51 Euclid Ave
59-Euclid-Hamilton
Sears Hamilton – 59 Euclid Ave
18-Allen-Argyle
Sears Argyle – 18 Allen Ave
24-Allen-Argyle
Sears Argyle – 24 Allen Ave
38-North-Starlight
Sears Starlight – 38 North Ave
1522-maple-Hazelton
Sears Hazelton – 1522 Maple Ave
1529-Maple-Josephine
Sears Josephine – 1529 Maple Ave
19-W-Mills-Avondale
Sears Avondale – 19 W Mills Ave
5-Walnut-Wyoming
Sears Argyle – 5 Walnut Ave
220-Grove-Crescent-Ardara
Sears Ardara/Crescent combination model- 220 Grove Ave
20-Central-Alhambra
Sears Alhambra – 20 Central Terrace
196-Fleming-Avalon
Sears Avalon – 196 Fleming Ave
1540-Maple-Elsmore
Sears Elsmore – 1540 Maple Ave
151-Bonham-Berwyn
Sears Berwyn – 151 Bonham Ave
709 Oak Ave-Glyndon
Sears Glyndon – 709 Oak Ave
717 Oak Ave-Wabash
Sears Wabash – 717 Oak Ave
424 Pendery-Cornel-Haven
Sears Cornell – 424 Pendery Ave
1041-Burns-Brookside
Sears Brookside – 1041 Burns Ave
414-Poplar-Ave-Atlanta
Sears Atlanta – 414 Poplar Ave
35-Sherry-Atlanta
Sears Atlanta – 35 Sherry Ave

1114-Springfield-Pike-AtlantaSears Atlanta – 1114 Springfield Pike

1056-Springfield-Pike-Atlanta
Sears Atlanta – 1056 Springfield Pike

Notes about this post:    Armed with the list of houses from the Bea Lask thesis. Laraine headed to the Wyoming area of Cincinnati and photographed a whole lot of Sears Houses.   Some were unidentified at the time she got her pictures, like The Brookside, but were later ID’d.

 

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