|622 Jackson St., St. Charles, MO • authenticated Sears Walton • 1929|
|Sears Walton, as seen in the 1929 Modern Homes Catalog|
You can see that the Jackson Street Walton's porch railings
match the style shown in this 1929 catalog image.
A different porch railings design is shown in the catalogs before 1925.
(Image courtesy of Cindy Catanzaro,
with thanks to Lauren Russell of Antique Home.org for scanning.)
Though I live in St. Louis, Missouri, I work near our state's first capitol, St. Charles, a historic town on the Missouri River. And, I have friends there, who live on tree-shaded streets with an old neighborhood feel... hydrangea bushes, forsythia, oak trees, and all kinds and sizes of character-rich old homes. It's a historic old town, that served as our first capitol from 1821-1826, and it was the starting off point of the Lewis & Clark expedition.
|Click here to visit the Historic Saint Charles website.|
Most folks who visit St. Charles, make a point of spending an afternoon strolling along Main Street, seen here in this photo. It's a cobblestone street, lined with unique shops and restaurants, just a block up from the banks of the Missouri River.
|More interesting info from |
the Historic Saint Charles website.
So, this past summer, I decided that it might be worth my while to spend some time in the Saint Charles City Hall, to check out their mortgage deed books. I was planning to meet up for lunch (on Main Street!) with a good friend of mine, a colleague in the Foreign Languages department (she teachers German, and I teach French and Spanish), who lives in a beautiful old Victorian house in St. Charles. We had a nice lunch at Bradden's, a restaurant with its own historic background, and then I headed over to the modern building that houses the city offices. I was hoping to find pages worth of mortgage records, because the city offices there serve not just St. Charles City, but the whole of St. Charles County. I was sure that there must be a good number of Sears houses out in the outskirts of the older communities of St. Charles County.
But... holy cow. I was wrong! And, so disappointed. I found only three mortgages -- and one of those was for a garage. This Walton on Jackson Street, was my big hit for the day.
The system here is very neat, and easy to access. The large books are on shelves with rollers, so the books slide in and out easily, and the pages of the books are heavy-weight paper, that are laminated.
Once you find a listing in the index, you can go to another set of shelves, to pull out the actual deed books, to read the full deed.
I love the Walton model. I have always thought it was a cool looking bungalow. I love its deep, wrap-around front porch-- kind of unusual on a bungalow. It's a really nice feature, and the split front gables, along with the porch, give the Walton a spacious feel. I stopped by one day later in the summer, and took photos of the house, as the Google map shots were pretty grainy, but I've included a few from from Bing maps, as well. Let's take a look:
|622 Jackson Street|
|This double window that juts out a bit, on the front of the house, is the front bedroom that you see in one of the interior|
photos. It has a little window seat built in, that you can see shown on the floor plan from the catalog.
|This bump-out area here, is the dining room.|
|Original tongue-in-groove porch ceilings!|
The original owner of 622 Jackson Street, was Charles Wiesinger, who was about 28 when he built his Walton. He was born in Austria, and came to the U.S. in 1906, around the age of five. German was his primary language, according to the 1930 census-- St. Charles and its neighboring towns, especially to the west, have a strong German background, as many Germans and Austrians came to live in this area, in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Two Waltons in Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, PA: Fellow researcher, Karen DeJeet, who lives in the Pittsburgh area, has found us a really nice-looking Walton, at 9643 Hilliard Road, in Pittsburgh. She found it on her own, driving around Pittsburgh, but, fortunately, it also has a Zillow listing, that gives us two nice views of it. It's one that still retains its original cedar siding shingles... or... maybe not. That might be vinyl cedar-shingle-look siding. It does look nice, though! (EDIT: We've been in touch with the owner, who verifies that this is, indeed, the original cedar shingle siding, and, that the house has both Sears shipping labels and stamped rafters, making it now authenticated!)
|Now that's a lovely Walton!|
9643 Hilliard Road, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
|The real estate listing says that the house was built in 1926. That jives with the look of the porch railings, which match the 1925-and-later catalog images.|
Bethlehem, PA: One day, while perusing real estate listings, I found another Walton in Pennsylvania, this one in Bethlehem. And, we're in luck with this one! It has some interior photos to show off the great interior woodwork. Its build year is given as 1924, and its porch railing matches the one shown in my 1922 and 1924 catalogs. Click any of the images to make them larger.
|933 Pennsylvania Avenue, Bethlehem, PA|
(All images courtesy of the Trulia listing, here.)
|From the 1922 catalog -- the 1924 uses the same image.|
|Sears Walton, 1925 catalog.|
|Nice comparison of the porch railings on the house, and on the catalog image.|
|It looks like they chose the "Inverted 2-Panel Door" for the interior doors.|
|From the 1929 building materials catalog, available here,|
|Beautiful woodwork and wood floors throughout the house.|
|This is the front bedroom, with its window seat windows, |
as shown in the catalog image of the floor plan.
|Nice craftsman-style trim around even the small windows|
(and there's that inverted 2-panel door, again).
|I love when there is nice trim around even the bathroom window!|
|Two nice, big windows, with great trim, and nice wood floors.|
|It's not often that we get to see the back of the Walton!|
Of course, the last home shown here is not officially authenticated. But, it matches pretty well spot-on the look of the exterior and the interior of the Sears Walton.
Hope you enjoyed the Sears Walton!