|498 W. Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves, Missouri • 1923 • Authenticated Lewis Homes Marlboro|
Lewis Homes was a rival kit-home company to Sears, Aladdin, Wardway, Harris Brothers, and Gordon-Van Tine. In the early to mid 1920s, they seemed to specialize in spacious, solid colonial homes. One of their largest models was the Marlboro. A friend of ours, over at Daily Bungalow and Antique Home, recently bought a 1925 Lewis Homes catalog, and shared with us its one single page of testimonials from happy buyers. Among those, was Frederick M. Henry, of Webster Groves, and this is his beautiful, creamy yellow Marlboro.
|Published in the 1925 Lewis Homes Of Character catalog of homes.|
|The Marlboro as seen in the Lewis Homes of Character 1922 catalog, here.|
|The Marlboro boasts a wonderful first-floor sun room, seen on the left end of the house here.|
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|The Henry family in the 1930 census.|
|Buster Brown Shoes! (Source)|
|Ad from a 1929 newspaper (source).|
Here are a few more views of the Lewis Marlboro at 498 W. Lockwood Avenue. It sits up on a high slope, so that accounts for the angle of my shots.
A Lewis Homes Winthrop in Ferguson, Missouri
Before learning of the Lewis Marlboro in Webster Groves, I ran across some information about historic homes in Ferguson, Missouri, and found mention of a Lewis Home there. I found, online, a copy of a 2012 application for consideration for inclusion of several Ferguson homes on the National Register of Historic Places. The document listed 24 Miller Place as having a 1925 building permit listing Lewis Manufacturing Company as the designer of the home.
Here is that house:
|You can see that the standard Winthrop model has a small center window|
on the upper dormer... but, if you look closely at floor plan B, you'll see
that the little center window is not included in that floor plan.
|The Ferguson Winthrop also has an enclosed front porch, and the fireplace|
is on the other side of the house.
|Looking at the Plan B layout, you can see the triple window on the left side of the house,|
in the living room, and the two separated bedroom windows upstairs on that side.
(Courtesy of Lauren Russell, Daily Bungalow)
If you're interested in more kit homes in Webster Groves, check out these previous blog posts: