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Old 06-15-2011, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Norfolk
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Default Any old house lovers in Martinez? There's an extremely rare Sears House there in Martinez...

I do a lot of research on Sears Homes, and I found this awesome vintage photo in a 1916 Sears Modern Homes catalog. I'm posting it here, because I'd LOOOOOOVE to get a contemporary photo of this old house.

It's Sears Modern Home #119 and very, very rare. I have never seen this model in all my travels.

As you (hopefully) know, Sears old kit homes from their mail order catalogs. These were REAL kits, sold in 12,000 piece kits and shipped by rail to the wanna-be homeowner.

Each kit came with a 75-page catalog that told the homeowner how all those pieces and parts went together. Sears promised that "a man of average abilities" could not make a mistake.

They only offered these kit homes from 1908-1940, and when the Modern Homes department was closed in 1940, all sales records were destroyed, so the only way to find these homes today is literally one by one. They sold about 70,000 homes and they were offered in 370 designs, and about 90% of the people living in these homes don't realize what they have! The #119 was rare.

And while reading this old catalog, I found this great photo. The house is in Martinez, and I'd love to know if it's still standing, and I'd love to get a photo of it!

Please let me know if you're near the area? The house is (was) in Martinez and was built by Lyle.

Rose

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Old 06-15-2011, 12:34 PM
 
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I live in Martinez. If you get me an address I'll take a photo of the home for you.
 
Old 06-15-2011, 03:33 PM
 
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Default Thanks

Sorry, but that's part of the problem! I do not have an address. It's probably on a main drag, or in a part of town that was developed in the early 1910s.

That snapshot is an actual photo of the house from 1915.

That porte cochere has got to be pretty distinctive! However, I imagine that car has been moved by now.

Rose
 
Old 06-15-2011, 08:48 PM
 
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I didn't even know Martinez existed that long ago lol
 
Old 06-17-2011, 01:32 PM
 
Location: (Orginally From Ann Arbor, MI) Now reside in Evans, Georgia
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It may have exsisted but chances are it still is IDk..Augusta maybe Martinez...

The main house of the Cedar Grove Plantation was built in 1852 on what is now the property of Our Savior Episcopal Church, on Columbia Road in Martinez. The house, now named Stuart Hall, is most likely the oldest remaining building in Martinez. So, it is possible.

Your going to have to do your homework and look into public property records and which what general area your kit house may have been built and Im sure many would happy to take a pick if they have a reference area.
 
Old 06-17-2011, 03:40 PM
 
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Yeah, Martinez is a large area, and it's very possible that it was destroyed long ago as well...
 
Old 06-25-2011, 03:19 PM
 
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Default Hmmm

Well, I was hoping against hope that someone recognized this house. If it's still standing, it'd be pretty easy to spot.

Rose
 
Old 08-17-2011, 05:16 PM
 
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love a mystery! searched on ancestry 1920 census can't find mister lyle but have come across this
RootsWeb: LYLE-L Obituary for Joseph Glass Lyle, Kentucky if you could call library they would have old directories and you could see where mr. lyle lived after the construction time. Also found a note that mr lyle was on the local school board
here is someone searching for family info http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ga...tosurnames.htm middle of page
Found them in the 1910 census http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/s...=try&h=3314449 Georgia > Columbia > Militia District 125 > District 0001 maybe they built nearby. By 1920 he was back in KY.

Good luck on your search. I still think the city directory at the library is the best bet.

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Old 08-18-2011, 11:51 AM
 
Location: (Orginally From Ann Arbor, MI) Now reside in Evans, Georgia
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there was a Lyle who was a doctor in Martinez I had found but couldn't find property records attached to him.

The sears houses I think Are neat little pieces of history themselves.
 
Old 08-18-2011, 11:58 AM
 
Location: (Orginally From Ann Arbor, MI) Now reside in Evans, Georgia
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"Martinez, Georgia, by R. T. Lyle sometime before 1915" was the home in Martinez built. I don't believe Mr. Joseph Glass Lyle is whom she is seeking.
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