|Authenticated Sears Stanford • 1932 • 654 Oakland Avenue, Webster Groves , Missouri|
|A pretty sight on Oakland Avenue: two Sears houses, side by side.|
|The Sears Stanford, from my 1932 catalog. |
After first reading about the Sears Milford, another cape cod model, on a Sears Homes of Chicagoland blog post, I started to notice that most Sears cape cod models have little or no space above the door frame.
The casing usually just about meets the roof line.
|From the 1932 catalog.|
|654 Oakland Avenue is model B, with a reversed floor plan, |
and the addition of a finished set of rooms upstairs, where the dormers were added.
|Footprint sketch from St. Louis County Department of Revenue Real Estate site|
|Side view showing the back extension of plan B of the Sears Stanford model|
EDIT 2020: Here, in this image from a 2020 real estate listing, you can see the back of the house, which shows the extension for that back bedroom:
|Back view of 654 Oakland Ave, Webster Groves, Missouri • Plan B of the Sears Stanford model|
Though the option of finishing off the half-story under the eaves, is not actually shown in the catalog listing for the Stanford, the 1940 Colebrook model (a similar cape cod) shows what that might look like, with the added dormers, and the stairway opening. If you compare this to what the actual finished upstairs looks like at 654 Oakland Avenue, you can see that it must look much like this.
|From my 1940 catalog.|
|Upstairs option, complete with kitty!|
Here is how it is shown in the 1940 catalog, listed as the Cape Cod. The 3-D floor plan images help you visualize the layout better, I think. Houses By Mail says that the Cape Cod model is the exact same thing as the Stanford --and, it is... in 1938. But, in 1940, it is not exactly the same floor plan for one of the layout options. The B floor plan is the same, but the smaller 4-room plan is a good bit different, with the bedrooms no longer side by side in the back of the house, but rather moved to the side of the house, front to back (as they are in the B floor plan). That moves the kitchen from the front right of the house, back to the back left corner, more like it is in floor plan B. The whole layout is more like floor plan B, really. In fact, it's not even exactly the same size as the Stanford's Plan A (No. 3354-A), as this floor plan is 1 foot wider and 6 inches deeper, at 31 X 22.6. So, this smaller version is not called "Plan A", it is "Plan X" (No. 13354X).
The Stanford at 654 Oakland Avenue was recently for sale, and I was able to get a few interior shots, thanks to this listing on Zillow (EDIT: In 2020, the house was up for sale again, and that Zillow link takes you to the new photos). Knowing the floor plan, you can see how the rooms fit into the layout shown in the catalog, though, since it's the reverse floor plan, everything needs to be flipped, like the page of a book. (Click any image to enlarge.)
|You can see the little side door that leads to the exterior.|
|View from the dining room, looking into the kitchen (a new slider in the DR).|
|Two windows indicate that this must be the front bedroom.|
|Here's that same bedroom, in the 2020 real estate listing. Nice Sears door, and beautiful craftsman style window trim.|
|Here's the bedroom in the back of the house, in the 2020 real estate listing.|
|Looking from the front door entry area, |
to the two little windows that flank the fireplace.
|These two living room photos from the 2020 real estate listing show you what good staging, and good quality photos, bring to a real estate listing.|
|Everything fits for the bathroom, according to the flip of the catalog layout.|
|2020 real estate photo of the main-floor bathroom|
|The stairs taking you up to the extra room: the finished space in the half-story.|
|And here's the extra finished space upstairs.|
According to the realtor photos, there is a little bathroom up here, too.
|You can see the extra extension for the back bedroom of plan B.|
|Sears Stanford model, for sale in 2020, 645 Oakland Avenue, Webster Groves, Missouri|
Who Lived Here?
As I was doing mortgage deed research, I came across three 1932 mortgages in Glendale park, which I discovered was the name of this neighborhood. One mortgage was for block 5, lot part 2, east part, and the mortgage had been taken out by Liberty LaMoyne, a maintenance man (according to the 1940 census) and his wife, Myrtle. I recognized that this was the lot next to the mortgage for Howard Hankins (owner of the Clifton), and that the third Sears mortgage was for a plot just behind these two-- which I came to realize was for the Randolph I haven't yet blogged about. Knowing that I had three plots right by each other, in Glendale Park, where I had spotted Sears houses, I suspected these mortgages were for those three houses. A bit of research on Ancestry.com, proved to match up those names to the addresses that corresponded to these legal descriptions, and I was set! Three authenticated Sears houses in Glendale Park subdivision of Webster Groves, Missouri.
|The LaMoyne family on the 1940 census. This also shows that the family lived in "same house" in 1935.|
|Funny how the transcriptions of handwriting from census data sometimes come up with odd words... |
Liberty LaMoyne's occupation as "maintenance man" turns into "maintener man"
(and his last name is mis-spelled as LaMayne).
Other Authenticated Kit Houses in Webster Groves, Missouri
• Sears Clifton, right next door to the Sears Stanford
• Sears Lewiston on N. Laclede Station Road
• A custom-design Sears home on Westborough Place
• A wonderful Gordon-Van Tine Company's Model No. 535, on Oakwood Avenue
• A beautiful Lewis Homes' Marlboro on W. Lockwood
• A Lewis Homes Ardmore model, on Lee Avenue
For other authenticated Sears homes in the surrounding towns of Kirkwood, Glendale, and other areas of St. Louis City and County, please use the SEARCH function on the right-hand side of my blog.