Saturday, July 30, 2022

New To the List: Sears No 112, Sears Wareham, Sears No 124, and More

 

color photo of blue and white two-story 4-square house, Sears No 112 121 W Maple St Granville OH
Sears No 112 • 121 W Maple Street, Granville, Ohio

We've had some very nice new additions to our national database of Sears houses, recently, thanks to a new member of our research team. We welcomed Matthew into our group in July, after he shared several really good finds with us. He has impressed us with his excellent attention to detail in identifying houses, and with his energy and non-stop focus on finding houses. To date, Matthew's finds have added 81 new houses to our list, and I know that we have another list of several more to look at.... that's in about the space of a month. 

Some of Matthew's finds have been unusual models that we have only had a few of on the list, so I wanted to take a moment to highlight these new additions, like the No. 112 in Granville, Ohio, that graces the top of today's blog post. Here's the No. 112 in the 1914 catalog, next to a side view of this house in Granville, before it was re-painted:

catalog image and real house image from the side Sears No 112
Sears No 112 in the 1914 Sears Modern Homes catalog, next to a side view of this model, in Granville, Ohio
The No 112 never had a non-numeric name, which means that we know that it was never offered past 1917... the 1918 catalog is the first year when the models were given names that weren't numbers (technically, the floor plans still had a number, but the catalog referred to the house with a name). The No 112 was offered from 1908 through 1916. 

black and white drawing of Floorplan of the Sears No 112, as shown in the 1908 Sears Modern Homes catalog
Floorplan of the Sears No 112, as shown in my 1908 Sears Modern Homes catalog

Matthew found this house through a real estate listing, so I'll include a few of the interior photos here. The flooring and the original craftsman style trim is really beautiful:
color photo of entry area and stair case, Sears No 112 at 121 W Maple Street, Granville, Ohio

color photo of entry hall looking into two rooms, Sears No 112 at 121 W Maple Street, Granville, Ohio

color photo of living room, with two-level wood fireplace surround, looking into hall, Sears No 112 at 121 W Maple Street, Granville, Ohio

color photo of dining room with two windows and entry into kitchen, Sears No 112 at 121 W Maple Street, Granville, Ohio

color photo of bedroom with several wood doors with unpainted wood craftsman trim, Sears No 112 at 121 W Maple Street, Granville, Ohio

The photos of the Sears No 112 at 121 W Maple Street, Granville, Ohio, can be seen in this real estate listing. We have marked this house as authenticated, because Granville was listed in the catalogs as one of the "built at" locations for this model, and Granville is a relatively small town, so we are pretty confident that this must be the only Sears No. 112 in town.

Fortunately, for us, Matthew found not one, but two of these beauties, both with real estate listings. Here's the one he found in Vinton, Iowa:
color photo of front of light blue Sears No. 112 1115 A Avenue Vinton IA
Sears No. 112 at 1115 A Avenue, Vinton, Iowa
This house has a real estate listing, too, and we've noticed that there are some definite changes that were made to this house, which would normally make us question it... but, this house has Sears Stratford design door handle hardware, and the hinges we refer to as, "Sears hinges", because they are the only company we have seen to offer them:
color photo of bedroom of Sears No 112 showing two painted doors with Sears Stratford hardware and Sears hinge
Though now painted over, the hinges on this door are the Sears hinges, and the door handle hardware is Sears Stratford design. 

black and white drawings of Sears Stratford design hardware and Sears hinges, in the 1918 Sears building supplies catalog
Sears Stratford design hardware and Sears hinges, in the 1918 Sears building supplies catalog

Sears Wareham 
Another really old model that Matthew found two really good examples of, is the Sears Wareham (first marketed as the No. 264P203 or the No. 203). Both of the examples that he found, are, again, "built at" locations for this model, so we are confident marking them as authenticated. The houses are in Greenville, Pennsylvania, and Madison, West Virginia. The Wareham was offered from about 1913, I believe, through 1923.

One of these houses had a real estate listing, so we can see inside, but the house looks to have been last decorated in the 1960s or '70s, and is a bit cluttered in the photos... nonetheless, we do get to see that it still has some really nice original woodwork. Here is that Sears Wareham, at 54 Chambers Avenue, Greenville, Pennsylvania:
color photo of front and left side of white Sears Wareham, at 54 Chambers Avenue, Greenville, Pennsylvania
Sears Wareham, at 54 Chambers Avenue, Greenville, Pennsylvania

One of the things that we look for on this model, is for there to be a pair of windows right up next to the front door, and then a good amount of space, and a set of three windows (or a 3-part picture window). This house has that, and it's a really telling feature of this model. We sometimes run across other two-story bungalows with similar lines, but they don't have that arrangement of the windows and front door.
Here's that front door/window area that I'm referring to, shown in the 1923 catalog image, and on a Sears Wareham in Colonia, New Jersey, that I showed in this previous blog post.

color photo of front view of white Sears Wareham, at 54 Chambers Avenue, Greenville, Pennsylvania
Sears Wareham, at 54 Chambers Avenue, Greenville, Pennsylvania


color photo of rear of white Sears Wareham, at 54 Chambers Avenue, Greenville, Pennsylvania
Rear view of the Sears Wareham, at 54 Chambers Avenue, Greenville, Pennsylvania

This gives you a small idea of the interior of this Sears Wareham... this house was sold in February of 2021 (here is the real estate listing, to see more photos), and I hope that whoever bought it was able to bring it back to life (without removing or painting the gorgeous original wood work).

color photo of bedroom of Sears Wareham, at 54 Chambers Avenue, Greenville, Pennsylvania, showing Sears Stratford door handle hardware and Sears hinges, on the painted door
One of the bedrooms of the  Sears Wareham, at 54 Chambers Avenue, Greenville, Pennsylvania.
That door has the Sears hinges, and Sears Stratford design door handle hardware.

Here's the Wareham in the catalog, in 1914, listed as the 264P203:
black and white drawing of house and floor plan of Sears Wareham (No. 264P203) in the 1914 Sears Modern Homes catalog
Sears Wareham (No. 264P203) in the 1914 Sears Modern Homes catalog

The second Wareham at a "built at" location, that Matthew found, was this one (also white!), in Madison, West Virginia:
color photo of front and right side of Probable testimonial Sears Wareham at 213 Washington Avenue, Madison, West Virginia
Probable testimonial Sears Wareham at 213 Washington Avenue, Madison, West Virginia

Actually, Matthew has found us two other possible examples of the Wareham, but one of them has the front porch enclosed, so we can't check the front window/door arrangement, and the other has some other differences, but both are likely examples of the Sears Wareham.

Sears No. 124
We were delighted when Matthew presented a Sears No. 124 that he had found in Carlton, Minnesota:
color photo of front and left side of Probable Sears No. 124 at 729 2nd St, Carlton, Minnesota
Probable Sears No. 124 at 729 2nd St, Carlton, Minnesota
(real estate photos here)

black and white drawing of Sears No. 124 floor plan, 1916 Sears Modern Homes catalog, courtesy of Daily Bungalow
Sears No. 124 in the 1916 Sears Modern Homes catalog, courtesy of Daily Bungalow

The No. 124 is another model that was not offered during the pre-cut years, and never had a moniker other than the model number. Here's the floor plan:
black and white drawing of Sears No. 124 floor plan, 1914 Sears Modern Homes catalog
Sears No. 124 floor plan, 1914 Sears Modern Homes catalog

That big bank of upper windows on the back of the upstairs, is a telling feature of this model, and you can see if at the landing of the staircase, and in a rear view from the real estate listing:
color photo of staircase of Probable Sears No. 124 at 729 2nd St, Carlton, Minnesota, showing bank of four windows at staircase landing, on the back of the house

color photo of rear of Probable Sears No. 124 at 729 2nd St, Carlton, Minnesota

Once again, we do have real estate photos, but they are not very good... still, I'll show another one or two:
color photo of dining room, inside Probable Sears No. 124 at 729 2nd St, Carlton, Minnesota

color photo of entry hall, seen from staircase, of Probable Sears No. 124 at 729 2nd St, Carlton, Minnesota

Another Sears No. 124
I've been meaning, for a few years, to show you this Sears No. 124 example in another "built at" location: Grand Rapids, Michigan. This was found by researcher Nigel R. Tate. What's special about this, is that it is not only a Sears house in a "built at" location, but it is the childhood home of former United States President, Gerald R. Ford! President Ford lived here with his mother from 1913-1917, after she was divorced from his father. She later remarried
color photo in snow of front of 1960 Prospect Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, a childhood home of President Gerald R. Ford (originally 1960 Terrace SE)
1960 Prospect Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, a childhood home of President Gerald R. Ford
(originally 1960 Terrace SE).

This image and information comes from the President Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum website, here

President Ford was originally named after his birth father, but was re-named after his mother's new husband, Gerald R. Ford, Sr, after his mother remarried:
Source: President Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum website, here

There are some very nice interior and exterior photos here, in a recent real estate listing:
color photo of entry hall area and staircase inside 1960 Prospect Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, a childhood home of President Gerald R. Ford (originally 1960 Terrace SE)

color photo of wood floors and staircase and upstairs landing inside 1960 Prospect Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, a childhood home of President Gerald R. Ford (originally 1960 Terrace SE)

color photo in snow of rear of 1960 Prospect Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, a childhood home of President Gerald R. Ford (originally 1960 Terrace SE)

color photo with green grass of front of 1960 Prospect Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, a childhood home of President Gerald R. Ford (originally 1960 Terrace SE)
1960 Prospect Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, a childhood home of President Gerald R. Ford
(originally 1960 Terrace SE)

Sears Avondale
This Avondale example at 713 Adair Street, Adair, Iowa, has served as a church parsonage and office for years, and was just sold to the public in 2019. Once again, it has Sears Stratford design door handle hardware, and Sears hinges (not only on doors, but on built-in cabinetry inside the house). The Avondale is a favorite model of ours, because of the really striking interior woodwork in the living room and dining room, which I'll show here. The home also has a fireplace with a brick surround that is of a style marketed by Sears. The house is the reverse floor plan of what is shown in the catalogs, and has a different front porch style because no brick was used, but the interior elements certainly make us feel confident that this is a Sears Avondale.
color photo of front and right side of Sears Avondale at 713 Adair Street, Adair, Iowa
Sears Avondale at 713 Adair Street, Adair, Iowa

black and white drawing of 1918 catalog image of the Sears Avondale, flipped
1918 catalog image of the Sears Avondale, flipped

color photo of front of Sears Avondale at 713 Adair Street, Adair, Iowa
Sears Avondale at 713 Adair Street, Adair, Iowa from this real estate listing (all interior photos)


black and white drawing of the layout of the Sears Avondale, 1918 catalog
Here is the usual layout of the Sears Avondale, as shown in the 1918 Sears Modern Homes catalog

black and white drawing of flipped floor plan of the Avondale, to show how the Avondale in Adair, Iowa, is laid out
Here, I've flipped the floor plan of the Avondale, to show how the Avondale in Adair, Iowa, is laid out

color photo of living room and front entry of Sears Avondale at 713 Adair Street, Adair, Iowa
living room and front entry, as seen looking in from the dining room of the Sears Avondale

color photo of dining room of Sears Avondale at 713 Adair Street, Adair, Iowa
dining room area with built-in buffet, Sears Avondale

color photo focusing on built-in buffet inside dining room of Sears Avondale at 713 Adair Street, Adair, Iowa
This is a built-in buffet that we pretty much always see inside a Sears Avondale

color photo of ceiling, colonnades, and fireplace inside living and dining room of Sears Avondale at 713 Adair Street, Adair, Iowa
Here is that impressive view of the ceilings and colonnades of the Sears Avondale

color photo close up of brick surround hearth inside Sears Avondale at 713 Adair Street, Adair, Iowa
Bedford red pressed brick hearth design, marketed by Sears in their catalogs

black and white drawing of Bedford red pressed brick fireplace surround in Sears fireplaces and mantels catalog
The Bedford red pressed brick fireplace hearth, shown in this Sears catalog

Sears Saratoga  (264P146 version)
In Boone, Iowa, Matthew found a great-loooking Sears Saratoga. The Saratoga was first offered with a wraparound porch, as the No. 146, then as the 264P146. A bit later, the wraparound porch was cut to be simply a big porch across the front of the house, and the model was then marketed as the No. 108, and, finally, as the Saratoga. Matthew's find in Boone, Iowa, is the earliest version, with the wraparound porch.

We have no real estate photos of this house, and there is a good bit of tree foliage around the house, so I've taken a series of screen shots around the house, from 2013 Google Streetview. But, I'll start off with the grainy color images from 2007 Streetview, because you can see the house without foliage in the way:
grainy image of front of Sears No 146 / Saratoga, 200 Cedar Street, Boone, Iowa (2007 Streetview)
Sears No 146 / Saratoga, 200 Cedar Street, Boone, Iowa (2007 Streetview)

grainy color photo from left side and front, of Sears No 146 / Saratoga, 200 Cedar Street, Boone, Iowa (2007 Streetview)
Sears No 146 / Saratoga, 200 Cedar Street, Boone, Iowa (2007 Streetview)

grainy color photo of front and right side of Sears No 146 / Saratoga, 200 Cedar Street, Boone, Iowa (2007 Streetview)
Sears No 146 / Saratoga, 200 Cedar Street, Boone, Iowa (2007 Streetview)

black and white drawing of Sears Saratoga in its earliest years, in the 1914 Sears Modern Homes catalog
Sears Saratoga in its earliest years, in the 1914 Sears Modern Homes catalog

Here are 2013 Google Streetview images, taken from a variety of angles:
color photo of Rear view and left side of Sears No 146 / Saratoga, 200 Cedar Street, Boone, Iowa (2013 Streetview)
Rear view and left side of Sears No 146 / Saratoga, 200 Cedar Street, Boone, Iowa (2013 Streetview)

color photo of Left side of Sears No 146 / Saratoga, 200 Cedar Street, Boone, Iowa (2013 Streetview)
Left side of Sears No 146 / Saratoga, 200 Cedar Street, Boone, Iowa (2013 Streetview)

color photo of Left side and front section of wraparound porch,  of Sears No 146 / Saratoga, 200 Cedar Street, Boone, Iowa (2013 Streetview)
Left side and front section of wraparound porch,  of Sears No 146 / Saratoga, 200 Cedar Street, Boone, Iowa (2013 Streetview)


color photo of Front view of Sears No 146 / Saratoga, 200 Cedar Street, Boone, Iowa (2013 Streetview)
Front view of Sears No 146 / Saratoga, 200 Cedar Street, Boone, Iowa (2013 Streetview)


color photo of Right side of Sears No 146 / Saratoga, 200 Cedar Street, Boone, Iowa (2013 Streetview)
Right side of Sears No 146 / Saratoga, 200 Cedar Street, Boone, Iowa (2013 Streetview)

Here is the floor plan of this earliest version of the Sears Saratoga/ No 146:

You can see photos of a "built at" authenticated Sears No. 146/Saratoga, in Bennington, Vermont, in this previous blog post of mine, and you can see a later-era Saratoga/No. 108, in Fairmont, West Virginia, in this blog post of mine.

Sears Corona (264P240) / No. 240
Finally, another really nice find, and only the 14th on our list: a Sears Corona, which was first marketed a the No. 240 and the No. 264P240.  Here it is in two years of the catalogs:
black and white drawing of 3/4 view from the right side, of Sears No. 264P240 (early name of the Corona) in the 1914 Sears Modern Homes catalog
Sears No. 264P240 (early name of the Corona) in the 1914 Sears Modern Homes catalog

black and white drawing, front on, of the Sears Corona in the 1920 Sears Modern Homes catalog
Sears Corona in the 1920 Sears Modern Homes catalog
And, here is the house that Matthew found:
color image of front and right side of Sears Corona, 925 Madison Avenue, Huntington, West Virginia
Sears Corona, 925 Madison Avenue, Huntington, West Virginia 
(Image courtesy of Google maps Streetview, 2018)
This lovely Sears Corona was for sale in May of 2022, and so we have a few interior photos from that listing, including one that includes a door with... you guessed it... Sears Stratford design door handle hardware.

color photo of furnished living room of Sears Corona, 925 Madison Avenue, Huntington, West Virginia

color photo of unfurnished living room of Sears Corona, 925 Madison Avenue, Huntington, West Virginia

color photo of unfurnished main rooms of Sears Corona, 925 Madison Avenue, Huntington, West Virginia

color photo of furnished area of Sears Corona, 925 Madison Avenue, Huntington, West Virginia

color photo of dining area with a door with Sears Stratford design door handle hardware, inside Sears Corona, 925 Madison Avenue, Huntington, West Virginia
There's that Stratford design door handle hardware!

Great work, Matthew, and welcome to the world of searching for Sears houses!

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Friday, June 24, 2022

Sears Ellison In State College Pennsylvania

exterior view of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933
Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania
black and white drawing of Sears Ellison in 1932 Sears Modern Homes catalog
Sears Ellison in the 1932 Sears Modern Homes catalog

We rarely see examples of the Sears Ellison model, but here is one that we were aware of, in State College, Pennsylvania, where we have found (through various resources), about 28 Sears houses. This Ellison has a plaque near its front door, saying that it was built in 1933 for Genevieve and Joseph Fosa. 

Genevieve was the former Genevieve C Rau. She and Joseph married on September 9, 1920. Genevieve was from Pittsburgh, and Joseph was from Middletown, Connecticut, but was born in Spadafora, Italy, a small coastal town on the Tyrrhenian Sea. He was a teacher of Italian and Spanish at Pennsylvania State College (my heart just did a flip flop of excitement at seeing this... I am a teacher of French and Spanish). 


black and white print newspaper marriage announcement from 1920
Marriage announcement of Genevieve C Rau and Joseph Fosa, From the Saturday, September 11, 1920 edition of the Pittsburgh Daily Post, online page 4 on Newspapers.com, here.

According to the 1950 U.S. Census, Joseph and Genevieve had two daughters living with them, at that time: 28-year-old Elizabeth Joan Camacho, and 19-year-old Joyce Ann Fosa. Elizabeth was a Spanish teacher, also at the University, and had her 2-year-old daughter living with her, as well (Genoteva [sp?] Camacho). 

white image with black hand writing Joseph Fosa's 1942 WWII registration card
Joseph Fosa's 1942 WWII registration card (here, on Ancestry.com)

color image of family names, 1950 U.S. Census listings for the Fosa family

professions of Joseph Fosa and daughter Elizabeth Fosa Camacho, 1950 U.S. Census listings for the Fosa family
1950 U.S. Census listings for the Joseph Fosa family (here, on Ancestry.com)

Joseph's Naturalization papers state that he was, in 1918, a soldier, doing language instruction for the army, and had been born on July 6, 1892, in Spadafora:
white image with black typed words, Naturalization records for Joseph William Fosa
Naturalization records for Joseph William Fosa (here, on Ancestry.com)

Unfortunately, on December 23, at the end of that year of the 1950 U.S. Census, Joseph died, at the age of 58:
color photograph of Joseph William Fosa's grave marker
Source: Find-a-Grave

Genevieve died in 1986, and was living in Bucks County, Pennsylvania at the time (State College is in Centre County), so I don't know when the family finally left their beautiful Sears Ellison on Fairmount Avenue. 
color photo of Genevieve Rau Fosa's grave marker
Source: Find-a-Grave

There is an image of the plaque, in one of the photos in the real estate listing, but it's a bit blurry:
metal plaque outside front door of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania
This is a beautiful plaque. Fortunately, it is accurate, and well researched. That is not always the case for plaques on homes, that declare them to be Sears houses, as they are not always fully researched. We have seen plaques declaring a home to be a Sears home, when it does not match any Sears model, and there is no substantiation for calling the house a Sears house. In fact, we question several of the homes in State College that are thought to be Sears houses (for example, 313 S Burrowes Street is thought to be a Sears Westly, yet it differs greatly in design, from that Sears model).

Inside the Ellison at 704 W Fairmount Avenue
Here is the Sears Ellison in the 1932 Sears Modern Homes catalog:
black and white drawing of Sears Ellison in 1932 Sears Modern Homes catalog

black and white print and floor plan Sears Ellison in 1932 Sears Modern Homes catalog
black and white drawing of first floor plan Sears Ellison in 1932 Sears Modern Homes catalog
Source: 1932 Sears Modern Homes catalog


I'll let you follow the somewhat complicated floor plan, and navigate the lovely addition, as you peruse the online images that I grabbed from this real estate listing. There are 56 images, showing every angle of every room, so I'll post quite a few, but not all.

front door interior showing Sears La Tosca door hardware Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania
To begin with, this gorgeous front door appears to be a custom door, just for this house. I don't believe that we have ever seen this door design offered in the catalogs. But, we have seen the door handle hardware that is here, on the front door, and throughout the house. It's Sears LaTosca hardware.

black and white drawing Sears La Tosca door hardware, from the 1930 Sears Building Supplies catalog
Sears La Tosca door hardware, from the 1930 Sears Building Supplies catalog

front exterior view of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933

front door and front porch of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933
There is the plaque, on the wall by the front door.

entry hall and living room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933

living room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933
The fireplace is in a different spot, on this Ellison, than the wall where it is shown, on the floor plan.

living room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933
The standard floor plan for the Ellison actually shows the fireplace to be on that back wall, behind where the blue love seat is.

dining room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933

dining room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933

kitchen interior room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933
The kitchen has been really tastefully modernized, in my opinion.

kitchen interior room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933

kitchen interior room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933

kitchen interior room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933

kitchen interior room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933
That's another example of La Tosca door handle hardware, and a Sears door

Sears had a number of styles of interior doors, available in a few different wood options.
For doors (and other trim pieces) that would be painted, a soft wood like Fir, would be the wood that was shipped, intended to be painted. (Source)

kitchen interior room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933

living room and kitchen interior room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933

bedroom interior room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933

pale green bedroom interior room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933

bedroom interior room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933

bathroom interior room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933
More Sears La Tosca hardware on the hall bath.
(There is a very large, new bath, for the master bedroom, as well.)


black and white drawing of second floor plan Sears Ellison in 1932 Sears Modern Homes catalog
Source: 1932 Sears Modern Homes catalog


upstairs hallway interior room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933

window nook interior room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933
More La Tosca hardware, and another original Sears door.

new bathroom interior room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933
Here is the huge, added bathroom.. though, that is an original door, with La Tosca hardware.

yellow and white bedroom interior room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933

bathroom interior room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933
Another original bathroom, judging by the size

interior room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933
The inside of the front door, again.

It's fortunate whenever we can get a view of the back of one of our Sears models.

All of this creamy white part is an addition.

interior room of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, home of Joseph and Genevieve Fosa, built in 1933
This is the interior of that lovely sun room addition.

Thanks to the granddaughter of the original builder of the Fosa's Ellison, we have a photo from when the Ellison was first completed, in 1933:
sepia toned photo of Authenticated Sears Ellison model • 704 W Fairmount Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, just after construction by William A Rothwell, 1933
William A. Rothwell was the original builder of the State College Sears houses.
Thanks so much to his granddaughters, Marguerite Quinn and Amy Rothwell Worster, and Amy's father, Bill Rothwell II, for sharing this photo. Bill Rothwell II remembers living in State College when his father was building these houses!
More Sears Houses In State College, Pennsylvania
Much of our information on the locations of the Sears houses in State College, Pennsylvania, comes from this online document. The document also points out that there were kits from other companies, such as this example of an Aladdin Homes Plaza, at 441 W Fairmount Avenue,  and this example of a Gordon-Van Tine No 536, at 501 W Fairmount Ave (at the corner of S Barnard Street, facing that street). 

Additionally, there is another example of a Sears Ellison, here, at 444 W Fairmount Avenue (images are available in this real estate listing... gorgeous house):
front exterior view of Sears Ellison, here, at 444 W Fairmount Avenue State College PA

front entry area exterior view at front porch Sears Ellison, here, at 444 W Fairmount Avenue State College PA

inside front entry area Sears Ellison, here, at 444 W Fairmount Avenue State College PA
This is a standard option front door from Sears, and what we would normally expect to see on the Sears Ellison.

black and white drawing of Sears Gothic or Tudor design front door, 1930 Sears Building Supplies catalog
Here is that door, available in the 1930 building supplies catalog.
The iron strapping was optional, and the glass insert style had a few options available.

color photo of living room Sears Ellison, here, at 444 W Fairmount Avenue State College PA


color photo of living room and fireplace wall Sears Ellison, here, at 444 W Fairmount Avenue State College PA
This Sears Ellison has the fireplace in the location where it is shown on the catalog floor plan.

For a long time, there was not very good coverage of the neighborhoods of State College, PA, on Google Streetview, but Andrew Mutch (Kit House Hunters) did quite a bit of more scouting around the streets, once Streetview coverage was improved. Up to this point, here is the list of Sears houses that we have, on our National Database of Sears Houses, for State College, Pennsylvania:

Alhambra118 S Barnard StState CollegePA
Attleboro747 Holmes StState CollegePA
Belmont (Brick Lynnhaven)532 E Foster AveState CollegePA
Brookwood602 E Foster AveState CollegePA
Claremont714 N Allen StState CollegePA
Clifton219 E Irvin AveState CollegePA
Clifton443 E Fairmount AveState CollegePA
Clyde734 McKee StState CollegePA
Colchester526 E Foster AveState CollegePA
Colchester750 Holmes StState CollegePA
Colebrook219 Adams AveState CollegePA
Custom433 Mitchell AveState CollegePA
Ellison444 W Fairmount AveState CollegePA
Ellison704 W Fairmount AveState CollegePA
Fullerton200 S Corl StState CollegePA
Gainsboro500 E Fairmount AveState CollegePA
Gordon510 E FairmountState CollegePA
Hammond216 High StState CollegePA
Hillsboro447 E Fairmount AveState CollegePA
Lynnhaven363 Ridge AveState CollegePA
Lynnhaven505 E Prospect AveState CollegePA
Maplewood713 S Allen StState CollegePA
Mitchell241 Hillcrest AveState CollegePA
New Haven432 W Fairmount AveState CollegePA
Stratford437 E Fairmount AveState CollegePA
Vallonia151 Hartswick AveState CollegePA
Westly137 Hartswick AveState CollegePA
Wilmore511 E Hamilton AveState CollegePA
Wilmore608 E Foster AveState CollegePA

If you happen to have authenticating information about any of these houses, we would love to see it. Although there is some good information from the online article I cited above, we really need to see primary sources to label these houses as authenticated. I understand that there is an album of sorts, from the original builder of many of these homes, and we would love to see that, if anyone knows the woman who has that (we saw her comment on a blog about Craftsman homes). There is mention of a custom Sears house at 500 E Hamilton Avenue, for example, but we can't see the house very well from Google Streetview, so a photo of that, and anything documenting it definitely as a Sears houses, would be greatly appreciated. (UPDATE: We are in touch with the granddaughters of the builder!)

Please feel free to reach out at SearsHouses@gmail.com, if you have information for us!

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