The Mystery of the Door That Leads to No Where

Originally published by Laraine Shape on October 15, 2014

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Sears Josephine model at 7933 Hickman in Mt. Healthy

Okay, remember that sweet yellow Josephine model we talked about last winter in The Sears House Goldmine in Mt. Healthy, Ohio The one at 7933 Hickman?

Well, guess what? We got lucky! It’s owners, Shawna and Daniel and their two adorable “children,” invited us in for a tour.

What an absolute sweetheart of a home. Not one inch of wasted space in the Josephine. It consists of living room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and a basement.  Oh, and in this one…a mystery door.

This mystery door is an extra feature we can’t seem to figure out. Maybe one of you readers can help us. It’s a door between the kitchen and bedroom number two that’s all framed in on both sides, trimmed out top to bottom but has a solid piece of wood in between. And the solid piece is not a new piece of wood. It appears to be the same age as the house. What the…? Is there a million dollars sandwiched in there? Can someone please tell us what this is all about?

It appears the house was originally built by Edith Straub (1895-1974), a single lady, who lived there until she passed away. From there it went to her brother, Eugene Straub and from Eugene to sister Vera Straub (later Vera Adkins). So the home remained in the same family until it’s current owners purchased it two years ago.

It has the feel of a happy, comfortable, homey home. And it couldn’t have asked for nicer owners than Daniel and Shawna.

Thank you Shawna and Daniel for your hospitality and for being such good caretakers of this adorable Josephine. And thank you Marty Russell (fellow REALTOR) for helping your daughter Shawna find this sweet home at such an unbelievable price! She’s lucky to have you.

Now, let’s sit back and enjoy the tour.

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The distinctive San Jose door. Cross piece missing from sash, but otherwise in beautiful condition.
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Back side of the San Jose door
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View to kitchen and basement entry
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Josephine’s lovely owner, Shawna
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The Josephine kitchen. Nice big pantry is tucked in to the window alcove. Originally intended as the landing
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Original door hardware
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Kitchen alcove and pantry – the pantry has been modified from original plan that included a landing instead.
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Pantry door
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Original kitchen window framing. The NuTone exhaust fan was probably added in the 60′s (and still works perfectly)
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Hall bath
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Original medicine cabinet
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Love the trim
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The mystery door that leads to no where!
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The mystery door! Sorry for the blur…there was very little light
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More mystery door. Trimmed out all the way to the floor. Do you suppose there’s a million dollars sandwiched in there?
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Bedroom one closet doors
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Bedroom closet doors – aren’t they gorgeous?
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View down hallway
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Meet the owners, Shawna and Daniel, and their well behaved “kids.”

 

Sears Houses in Cheviot (West Side of Cincinnati)

Originally published by Laraine Shape on July 4, 2014

Cheviot loves its parades and festivals.

Home to West Fest and The Biggest Little Fair in Ohio, Cheviot is also home to 28 Sears Roebuck houses – the built to last, DIY kit homes that were built by nearly 70,000 hardworking folks from 1908 to 1940, with the majority being built during the 1920′s boom times.

Hats off to Beatrice Lask for finding 26 of these historic treasures during her 1990′s Cincinnati Sears House Survey. The other 2 popped up as fun surprises (3753 Frances and 3988 Trevor).

Ready to have a look? Here we go.

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3324 Augusta Pl. Sears Uriel Model
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3261 Broadwell Ave., Sears Oakdale Model
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3912 Davis Ave. Sears Uriel/Conway Model
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3914 Davis Ave. Sears Rodessa Model
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3747 Dina Ave. Sears Roseberry Model
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3753 Frances Ave., Sears Starlight Model (modified)
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3761 Herbert Ave. Sears Fullerton Model
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4124 Lora Ave. Sears Lebanon Model
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4125 Lora Ave. Cincinnati – Sears Paloma Model
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4126 Lora Ave. Cincinnati – Sears Paloma Model
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3949 Lovell Ave. Sears Hamilton Model
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3926 Lovell Ave. Sears Collingwood model
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3452 Mayfair Ave. Sears Cornell Model
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3498 Meadow Ave. Sears Rodessa Model
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3501 Meadow Ave. Sears Vallonia Model
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3503 Meadow Ave. Sears Vallonia Model
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3234 Montana Ave. Sears Vallonia Model
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3620 Puhlman Ave. Sears Crescent model

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3815 St Martins Pl. Sears Josephine Model
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4233 St. Martins Pl. Sears Somerset Model
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4237 St. Martins Pl. Sears Brookside Model
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4245 St. Martins Sears Starlight Model
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3988 Trevor Ave. Sears Windsor Model
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3924 Washinton St. Sears Barrington
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3963 Washington St. Sears Starlight model
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3994 Washington St. Sears Rodessa Model
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3525 Woodbine Ave. Sears Hamilton Model
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3978 Lovell Ave. Sears Castleton model

The Lockland Twins – Sears Josephine Models at 405 and 407 W. Wyoming Ave. in Lockland, Ohio

This post was originally published on Nov. 6, 2013 by Laraine Shape

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The Lockland Twins – Sears Josephine Models at 405 and 407 W. Wyoming Ave. in Lockland, Ohio

Here’s a pair of Sears twins in Lockland – Josephine models. Aren’t they cute? They belong to the Church of Christ in Lockland, Ohio. They sit side by side on W. Wyoming Ave., the main drag that runs east and west between Wyoming and Lockland. The main church is next door, to the right, as you face these Sears houses. One was built in 1924 (407) and its sister at 405 was built in 1931 – seven years later. Both houses consist of 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. The Sears catalog offering promises “You will like the Josephine the longer you live in it.”  Click here to see the original Sears catalog offering

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