Side Windows and Bump-out
Everyone knows this iconic depiction of the Sears Hazelton:
|From my 1914 Sears Modern Homes Catalog -- known in 1913 simply by its number, No. 172.|
But, what about this No. 118, from plan-book company, Chicago Millwork Supply Company?
Chicago Millwork Supply Company even chose their Sears Hazelton clone model (Design No. 118) to grace the cover of their 1914 catalog:
|Source (click to enlarge)|
Let's look at the right side of the house-- On both companies' models, there should be three evenly-spaced windows on the first floor of that side, with the center window being a bit shorter... and that's what we have on our Kirkwood house:
And, here is a probable Hazelton in Guthrie Center, Iowa, to compare:
|This house is not an authenticated Hazelton, but, most probably is one|
(read my blog post about it here).
Here is another almost-certain Sears Hazelton (it's in Cincinnati, so that's almost a given, but, it also has the one other feature that only the Hazelton has ... little side windows on the bumpout on the other side of the house). It's at 1522 Maple, and I ran across it while researching Cincinnati mortgages recently... but, it was already on our National Database of Sears homes. It shows the 3 windows on this side, exactly like our Kirkwood house:
|1522 Maple Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Iowa Hazelton: all systems go! Everything as it should be on this side.|
|A closer look at the bump-out area, noting the medium-sized double windows behind it.|
The bump-out on the Hazelton is normally flat-roofed,
but, like the front dormer, it may have been customized to make a change to the peaked style.
|Chicago Millwork model without the side windows in the bump-out.|
|5350 and 5354 Carthage Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio.|
|This image was found on the web, in a blog post by Rosemary Thornton (source).|
|This authenticated Sears Hazelton had some customization, and that bump-out is, I believe, a little bit deeper than normal.|
|108 Perry Avenue, Staten Island, NY -- authenticated Sears Hazelton|
Porch Columns, Eave Brackets, Front Windows
In the photos below, however, we see the porch columns of the Kirkwood house, and see that they are the expected smooth, squared-off design of the Sears Hazelton (and of Chicago Millwork). Of course, this house also has a screened-in porch, and even the cut-out section of the porch is screened in. The owner told me that all of the screens were framed in with the house at the time that it was built (they have, of course, had to change the screening over the years, but the framework is original). This photo also shows the triple windows on the front of the house -- a set on each side of the front door.
|These porch columns on the Kirkwood house, are what looks to be shown in the catalog image of the Hazelton (and Chicago Millwork), and is the style seen on most of our probable Hazeltons.|
Notice that great cut-out section of the porch.
|There are three porch columns at each corner, and two on each side of the doorway.|
|Three porch columns at the left corner of the front porch.|
|Two solid, straight, squared-off porch columns on each side of the front doorway.|
|These are the porch columns on the probable Hazelton in Guthrie Center, Iowa-- same style as the Kirkwood house.|
|Typical Sears five-part eave brackets, as shown in this blog post.|
The Footprint and the Floor Plan
Here is a comparison between the floor plans of the two companies' models. You can see that absolutely everything is the same, except that the bathroom sink and tub have been placed differently. Below that, you see the footprint of the Kirkwood house (thanks to the assessor's website). It is the same size.
|Same footprint as the Sears Hazelton and its Chicago Millwork clone,|
though the current owners (since 1970!) added an extension on to the back to make a new kitchen area.
What About the Other Lookalikes?
If you're really interested in comparing the lookalike models to the Sears Hazelton, you can check out some comparisons I presented in this earlier blog post I did, about the Guthrie Center, Iowa house. To cut to the chase, however, let me say this: none of the other lookalikes are the same size as the 30' X 39' footprint of the Hazelton and Chicago Millwork models. Gordon-Van Tine, Wardway, Radford, and Keith's Magazine, all have models that look remarkably like the Sears Hazelton, but there are definite size differences, and the Keith's model also has a bump-out on both sides (see more specifics about sizes, here.)
|Image courtesy of Cindy Catanzaro of|
Sears Houses in Ohio
Notice the bump-out on both sides of the house,
unlike the single bump-out on the Hazelton, and all of the other models.
|This is from an earlier blog post of mine, about a probable Sears Hazelton in Guthrie Center, Iowa|
Who Lived at 322 Central Place?
I met the current owner when I stopped by to look more closely at the Kirkwood house, and to take my own photos of it. She was very gracious about my snooping around on the perimeters of her beautifully-kept-up home, and we discussed my thoughts about the possible origin of her house. She told me that they bought the house in 1970, from the estate of (what she thought were) the original owners, Albert and Malinda Ruhl. She had heard something along the way, about it being a Sears house, but I don't know from whom, and she didn't offer up any authenticating details. The house was one of the very first homes built on this block.
I wasn't sure about the 1913 build date (given on the tax assessor's website), once I looked up Albert and Malinda Ruhl on Ancestry.com. I found that, according to the 1920 census, and possibly as late as 1923, according to city directories, they still lived on a farm off of Woodsmill Road, in Chesterfield, a nearby suburb. I thought that perhaps someone had mis-read a "1923" as a "1913", or something like that.
|The 1923 St. Louis County City Directory shows Albert and Malinda Ruhl still living in a house at a rural (RFD) location in Chesterfield, not Kirkwood.|
Unfortunately, there were no Red-Blue books available at the library, for the County, for that early. But, through a bit of digging and cross-referencing through the names of other residents whom I found on that street in the late 20s, I was able to use the census to find that there were residents at this address in 1920, and they weren't the Ruhls. The Ruhls were there by 1926, but not earlier than that.
|1926 puts Albert and Malinda Ruhl at 322 Central Place, Kirkwood|
|1920 Census for 322 Central Place, Kirkwood, Missouri|
|1920 St. Louis County City Directory|
|Major H. C. Gardner at 322 Central Place, Kirkwood|
St. Louis County City Directory
|St. Louis County Directory, 1922|
|1913 St. Louis Post-Dispatch mention of Julian and Mary's wedding.|
By 1930, Julian and Mary were shown by St. Louis County Directories, to be living at 445 N. Taylor, still in Kirkwood, but in a larger, colonial style house, in a wealthier neighborhood. Julian had become General Manager of St. Louis Mutual Life Insurance Company.
Thanks to a family tree by P. Greenwood, on Ancestry.com, I was able to find a few photos of the Harveys:
|Here's a lovely photo of a young Mary.|
(click to enlarge)
|Julian C. Harvey, Senior, Mary's husband.|
|445 N. Taylor, Kirkwood, Missouri,|
the home of the Harvey family after they left 322 Central Place in 1925.
The house is listed as being built in 1925.
|This is Mary and Julian's son, Julian C. Harvey, Jr., who was born in 1916, and|
therefore would have spent his first four years living in the house at 322 Central Place.
(source: P Greenwood, Ancestry.com)