As I mentioned in my previous postings, Sears, Roebuck & Company offered "Ready Cut" homes from their house designs catalogs to be assembled on the customers location and all that was required was a hammer, screwdriver and a level. 'You can hang your up your saw as you won't need it.' These homes were delivered by railroad boxcar, and as a result, many of these homes were constructed very near railroad lines for expediency and efficiency of unloading from the railroad boxcar. Many city's that had a Sears, Roebuck & Company regional sales office for these homes, often dedicated a model of one of their homes to the name of that city. In this posting I'm sharing the model and styule dedicated and known as "The CLEVELAND".
The CLEVELAND was a two-story building with an apartment of four rooms and ba bathroom on each floor. The general practice followed by the owner is to rent out one apartment and live in the other. Such rental generallly pays the cost of the property and remains a source of income thereafter. Besides, there is always a ready market for a two-apartment house of this kind. Below is the circa 1926 model from the catalog.
The First Floor Apartment: Living Room: You enter from the spacious front porch into the living room. Here wall and floor space will accommodate a piano and living room furniture. A wide front window and a side winow admit light and air. Floor dimensions, 11 feet by 12 feet. The Kitchen: A swinging door connects the living room and the kitchen. Size 11 feet by 11 feet. The housewife will approve the arrangement of spaces for the range, the refrigerator, table, and chairs; the built-in cabinet is located next to the sink, thus saving considerable time in preparation of meals. A double window floods the kitchen with light and ventilation. One door leads to hall connecting the bedrooms and bathroom. Another leads to the side entry, which has stairs to the basement and outdoors. The Bedrooms: French doors open from the living room into the front bedroom. It has a clothes closet and is provied with corss ventilation. Floor space 9 feet by 10 feet. A door leads to the hall which connects with the rear bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. The rear bedroom is 9 feet by 10 feet and has a large clothes closet. Two windows assure cross ventilation. The Bathroom: measures 6 feet by 5 feet. All of the plumbing may be roughted in on one wall saving on installation. It has a medicine case.
SECOND FLOOR APARTMENT: The rooms in this apartment are exactly the same as those of the first floor, excelpt, however, enterance is made through the side entroy into the kitchen. The Basement: Room for furnace for both apartments or a furnace for each apartment; also, laundry and storage. Height of Ceilings: First and Second Floor, 8 feet 6 inches from floor to ceiling. Basement is 7 feet from floor to ceiling.
Do you recognize or know of anyone who owns "The CLEVELAND" model and style home below? If you would like me to e-mail a copy of this full page catalog, or any other Sears, Roebuck & Company Honor Bilt, Ready Cut mail order home, please contact me at: BillKnowsRealty@aol.com