The Bandon was only offered from 1920-23, and the price varied greatly. The years closest to WWI saw a great rise in kit house prices, due, no doubt, to the high cost of wood and other building materials. The Bandon's price in its first year, 1920, was $685 more than its lowest price, in 1922, and the years in between saw greatly varied prices, as well.
|The 1921 price was $2,828, and the Bandon finished its career in the catalog at $3,176 in 1923.|
|The Bandon has a dormer similar to the Hollywood, with a recessed area for the window.|
In this reversed floor plan, the area to the right of the front door is labeled as "dining porch" on the catalog floor plan, and should have one additional window. The catalog also shows flared porch posts, but the house on Bellaire has straight ones.
Many thanks to Karen DeJeet for this photo.
|The Bandon as it was shown in the 1920-23 catalogs. Click here to see it in the 1921 catalog, on Archive.org.|
|The Bandon included an option of finishing off the attic space to add two more bedrooms.|
The buyer of a Bandon had several options for upgrades, at a cost. Notice the difference in prices between 1920 and 1922! Again, the prices for wood during the years just after WWI were sky-high, with oak doors, trim, and floors costing $215 in 1920, compared to $132 in 1922. The price for finishing off the attic with two bedrooms was also significantly less in 1922 ($241), than in 1920 ($316).
The catalog described the standard features of the Bandon:
Here is the Chicago design hardware, as shown in the 1921 catalog:
|Sears doorbell, and Chicago door hardware.|
(Image from my 2014 blog post about our family's Sears No. 110/Silverdale. )
Merrill R. Naftzger
The buyer of this Bandon at 700 Bellaire, was Merrill Rudolf Naftzger, who took out a $6,100 mortgage through Sears trustee William C. Reed, in 1922. Though Mr. Naftzger was listed as a salesman in the 1930 census, he appears to have been a popular tenor in Pittsburgh in the 1920s, as well, as noted in numerous newspaper listings naming him as a performer at one event or another.
|We used to think that Walker O. Lewis was the only Sears trustee on mortgages prior to 1930, but we have recently found that, in the east coast states, around 1921-22, this job was taken over by William C. Reed, and he continued in that capacity until 1929. In the midwest, however, Walker O. Lewis remained in charge of mortgages until 1929. From 1930-33, there are about 6 other trustee names that appear on mortgages for Sears. For a breakdown of names of Sears trustees for mortgages by geographic location, see this informative blog post by Andrew Mutch, at Kit House Hunters.|
|1921 newspaper mention of performer M.R. Naftzger as choral leader.|
|1922 mention of tenor, Merril R. Naftzger.|
|This side view shows the side entry, as well as the large upper-level back dormer.|
|The Naftzgers' Sears garage.|
|A tree-obstructed front view, thanks to Bing Maps.|
|The 1922 catalog said that the Bandon could be built, including all material and all labor, for $6,113, and Mr. Naftzger's mortgage was for just shy of that full amount.|
Sadly, a 1931 newspaper clipping shows that Mr. and Mrs. Naftzger's house was sold in a sheriff's sale that year.
A SECOND BANDON IN PITTSBURGH
Another authenticated Bandon can be found at 836 Wall Avenue, in the Pitcairn area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, bought in 1921 by Joseph and Persis Cook. Joseph worked as a locomotive engineer, working for the steam railroad, as did one of their sons, Charles, a brakesman for the railroad.
|Walker O. Lewis served as Sears trustee for this 1921 mortgage. In the midwest, his is the name we most often see in pre-1930 Sears mortgages, but in the east, William C. Reed's name is common post-1921/22, until 1929.|
|The Cook family in the 1930 census.|
|The Cook family in the 1930 census.|
|The Wall Avenue Bandon is not the reversed floor plan from the catalog, so we see, on the left side of the house, the dining porch bumpout, as well as a side entry. Note the recessed window area of the dormer, typical of the Bandon and the Hollywood.|
|Here we see the dining room bumpout, again with the nice, full-size side windows, and a fireplace chimney.|
|Note the expected flared shape of the front porch pillars.|
Let's finish off with a look at the interior of the only other Bandon we know of: a house in Pulaski, Illinois, recently for sale, along with a beautiful Sears barn. You can see the Zillow listing here. Click any image to enlarge.