What Does Glamor Model Carmen Electra Have in Common with Seven Sears Kit House Models in Sharonville, Ohio?

Originally published  by Laraine Shape on April 23, 2014

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They were all born there!

Sharonville is not only the glamour model’s birthplace, it’s also where seven Sears kit homes were born, including; two Sears Sunbeam models, a Sears Vallonia model, a rare for Cincinnati Sears Princeville model, a Sears Kilbourne model, and a model that looks like it may be a Sears Westly model.

There’s also supposed to be a Sears 123 model (according to one of the Sears Modern Home Catalogs) but we haven’t been able to find it yet. Hopefully it’s still standing and wasn’t torn down to make way for a fast food joint or gas station! If any of you readers happen to know where this home is, please let me know!

Here’s a look at the Sears models we’ve found in Sharonville.

3761 Creek Rd., Sharonville – Sears Sunbeam model

This home on Creek Rd. is a Sears Sunbeam model and was built in 1915. Sears billed it as “A five room modern bungalow with open air sleeping porch.”

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3307 Hageman Ave., Sharonville – Sears Princeville model

Imagine my surprise when I was cruising Sharonville streets looking for the Sears 123 model and saw this unusual gem on Hageman. It’s the Sears Princeville model, originally offered as Modern Home No. 173.

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10889 Reading Rd., Sharonville – Sears Fullerton model

And here we have the Sears Fullerton model. This one is currently serving as the home to HomeWell Senior Care. The Sears Modern Homes catalog offering below boasted a price of $2243 on the Fullerton and said “This style of home has become very popular. It adapts itself equally well to city lots or country estates, and in few other styles can you get so much space for such a small outlay of money!”

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11121 Spinner Ave., Sharonville. Could this be a Sears Westly model?

Well now, what have we here? Could this be a Sears Roebuck Westly model?  Some photos from a recent listing show a few things are off (fireplace is not tucked in to a corner, left side of porch is modified)  Hmmm. I’m not 100% sure, but there are enough things correct that I’d be willing to vote for it as a modified Westly. What are your thoughts?

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11132 Oak Ave. Sharonville – Sears Elsmore model

This sweet little home on Oak Ave. is the Sears Elsmore model and was built in 1920 with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. Sears billed this cute, little house as “A popular, inexpensive and graceful bungalow, well lighted and ventilated. Large porch, with bungalow columns and porch rails.” Sadly, much of the original detailing of this home has been wrapped in siding and is no longer visible.

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11173 Main St Sharonville – Sears Sunbeam model

Well, how do you like that? Another Sunbeam model. This one is at 11173 Main St. and still has a lot of it’s original building features intact. Amazingly, the siding contractors haven’t gotten their hands on this one yet (and hopefully won’t) so you can still see the distinctive 5 piece knee brackets and original wood siding.

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11169 Spinner Ave., Sharonville – Sears Kilbourne model

Ooh la la! A Sears Kilbourne model done in brick – an absolute sweetheart. According to the county auditor, this one was built in 1930. The Kilbourne was billed as “a house that looks as well outside as it is planned inside.” It surely does.

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This blog post by Laraine got a few comments from other Sears House lovers.  Here they are.

Donna Bakke- That’s funny – I just found that Princeville on Saturday. There’s 3 more Princevilles over towards Pleasant Ridge or Kennedy Heights.

Reply by Laraine- Donna – Wow, really? 3 more? That’s exciting!

Cindy Catanzaro – Love this group of houses! Nice spot on the Fullerton. It has the original pillars! I drove right past that house last time I was in Sharonville, and never looked at it twice. BTW, there is a Cornell model up the hill behind the second Sunbeam. I’ll bet there are more to find! Like that No. 123.

Reply by Laraine- Cindy – Oh that 123 model is driving me berserk! I swear I’ve been up and down EVERY street in Sharonville. Maybe I’ll go over to the Historical Society and see if anybody there has ever seen it.

Cindy Catanzaro – Oh, yes! I think that’s a Westly.

Reply by Laraine – Sure looks like one, doesn’t it?

Follow up to the possible Sears Westly at 11121 Spinner Ave.  Yes, it is one.  The house was recently documented with a mortgage record, meaning the house kit was financed through Sears Roebuck.

Here’s an image of the Sears #123 that was listed as being built in Sharonville in early Modern Home catalogs.  If you spot it, please leave a comment!

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Sears Kit Houses in the Eastwood Historic District

This post was originally published on Oct. 31, 2013 by Laraine Shape

If you were flying down Madison Road, in a hurry to get somewhere, you’d never even know this circle of treasured homes was there.  But turn onto the tree lined street and you’d know something was different about this sleepy, little neighborhood. What’s different is the cluster of 10 beautifully maintained and well loved Sears Roebuck kit homes. The Eastwood historic district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

For Sears home enthusiasts, driving down this street is like walking into a See’s candy store in California. Deliciously gawkable. If you go there, drive slow.  Otherwise you might find yourself driving into someone’s lawn as you admire the eye candy.

Here are all 10 of the Sears houses on Eastwood Circle. Hope you enjoy the view.

Sears Sunbeam model

5054 E Eastwood Cir. – Sears Sunbeam – Isn’t she beautiful in her new paint?

From the National Register of Historic Places Registration form filed in 2005: “5054 East Eastwood Circle, 1933, Sears house, the Sunbeam model (original number and owner #20, Dickman, Fred B.). It is a one and a half story with a large porch and shed roofed sleeping porch above. Its solid pillars reflect a very cheerful Bungalow style. The clapboard siding is original, with original wood shingles above. It is 1117 finished square feet. It may have been built by Mr. Dickman.

Sears Mitchell model

5050 E. Eastwood Cr. – Sears Mitchell -A beautiful mix of English and California studio. Owner is doing some foundation work.

From the National Register of Historic Places Registration Form filed in 2005:  “5050 East Eastwood Circle, 1933, Sears house, the Mitchell model (original number and owner #18, Wynne, John). “English architecture with a touch of the popular California studio type. Two (intersecting) gables…(with a) stone and brick chimney.” This house has the original shakes in the gables but not the style of windows listed in the catalog. There were French doors lying in the coal bin. It has had vinyl siding added and windows replaced. It is 974 finished square feet. There is a letter “S” for Sears stamped in the foundation.”

Sears Maplewood model

5046 E. Eastwood Cr. Sears Maplewood with Osborn roof line. Sweet!

From the National Register of Historic Places Registration form filed in 2005: “5046 East Eastwood Circle, 1933, Sears house, Maplewood with Osborn roofline, (original number and owner #16, Fisher, F.M.). This small, one and a half story has a matching double, detached original garage with the same flared roof ridge with a steep pitch. The prominent brick and stone chimney sits next to a front facing gable, which has one flared side sweeping closer to the ground
than the other. Stone faces this gable. “S” is stamped on the basement stonework, indicating a Sears house. The siding is covered in vinyl. It is 1534 finished square feet”

Sears Puritan model

5038 E. Eastwood Cr. – Sears Puritan in sunny yellow – a real beauty.

From the National Register of Historic Places Registration form filed in 2005: “5038 East Eastwood Circle, 1932, Sears house, the Puritan model (original number and owner #14, Hannika, Elizabeth). This two story is in the Dutch colonial style with a “colonial doorway with colonial hood”. An addition was added during the 1970s to the south gable end. The wood siding is original and the wood siding on the addition was carefully matched. It has a gambrel roof. There is evidence of the original latticed porte cochere over the drive. The owner would like to restore that as well as the balustrade feature above the addition side. It is 1699 finished square feet. The garage is original.”

Sears Crescent model

5066 E Eastwood Cr. – Sears Crescent – with inviting garden and porch

From the National Register of Historic Places Registration form filed in 2005: “5066 East Eastwood Circle, 1930, Sears house, the Crescent (original number and owner #24, Harvie, Arthur H.). This colonial has a centered portico covered with a prominent pediment. It is faced with original wood siding and shingles. The original wood porch posts have been removed. It is 1559 finished square feet.”

Sears Osborn model

5018 E Eastwood Cr – Sears Osborn – Absolutely stunning!

From the National Register of Historic Places Registration from filed in 2005: “5018 East Eastwood Circle, 1930, Sears house, the Osborn model (original number and owner #6, Kuns, Ray F.). This house is described in the Sears catalog as “stucco and shingle sided bungalow in Spanish mission architecture…(with) massive stucco porches and bulkheads.” It is trimmed with “red brick coping…(and) corbels and purlins.” All original features are still present. It is 1405 finished square feet. Charles Kratz , nephew of the developer, says there was an office behind the house that the owner had for a mail order motor model business. A secretary worked in this small structure. It is no longer standing. At one time the garage at 5024 East Eastwood belonged to this property”

Sears Verona model

5032 E Eastwood Cr. -The very lovely Sears Verona

From the National Register of Historic Places Registration form filed in 2005: “5032 East Eastwood Circle, 1923, Sears house, the Verona model (original number and owner #12, Moeller, Phillip and Flora). Builder was Charles E. Dawson of the Dawson Zeh Co. It features a Colonial Revival style door and sidelights flanked by bay windows on either side. There is also a bay window centered above. The side of the attic floor has fanlights. This Dutch Colonial Revival style two story house has a gambrel roof. It has been resided in vinyl. It is 2280 finished square feet. The garage is original.”

Martha Washington model

5061 W Eastwood – the magnificent Sears Martha Washington

From the National Register of Historic Places Registration form filed in 2005:  “5061 West Eastwood Circle, 1933, Sears house, the Martha Washington model (original number and owner #21, Evans Wm. A.; Mack Swigert house from 19441949).  This is a large, two – story Dutch Colonial Revival with fluted columns and sidelights and a fanlight on the front door. The front portico is covered with an arch topped roof. There is a central chimney. The rear has a recent (16 years ago) addition with a shed roof. The garage was also added at that time and is noncontributing. There is a gambrel roof. The material is vinyl siding. It is 2384 finished square feet.”

Sears Alhambra model

5031 W Eastwood – Sears Alhambra with a major facelift

From the National Register of Historic Places Registration form filed in 2005: “5031 West Eastwood Circle, 1925, Sears house, the Alhambra model (original number and owner #11, Kratz, William H.). This was the house of the father of the neighborhood developer. When the present owner moved in, the house had a full porch, not asymmetrical like the plans. It also had brown vinyl siding and no sign of the originally intended stucco underneath. There was an asphalt shingle siding beneath. The original shaped parapets, surrounding the hipped roof, had been covered in siding and squared off. In 1999, the owners altered the siding and gables. It is 1854 finished square feet. The original siding on this house was a light – colored concrete stucco with small stones in it.  This house is noncontributing to the district.”

Sears Wayne model

5023 Eastwood- sitting pretty all crisp and white

From the National Register of Historic Places Registration form filed in 2005: “5023 West Eastwood Circle, 1932, Sears house, Wayne model with modified gable (original number and owner #7, Gruber, Fred, C.). This Sears house has a large front porch and a frontfacing gable roof. It is symmetrical, with a triple center window upstairs. There are large windows on either side of the door downstairs. The original clapboards are covered with vinyl siding. It is 1397 finished square feet. The garage is original.”

Notes about this post:

The Eastwood Historic District is probably the most well known area of Cincinnati in regards to Sears Kit Houses.  The models are all within a block or two of each other, and are in excellent repair.  There have been several newspaper articles over the years about this collection of homes.  Anyone interested in Sears kit houses in the Cincinnati area should take a drive down Eastwood Circle.