Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sears Houses of Poets' Corner (Hartsdale), New York - Hartsdale Lawns



49 Shelley Ave - Hartsdale, NY - Sears Brookwood
Image courtesy of Google Maps
I recently blogged about a number of Sears homes that I was able to identify in the Hartsdale Manor section of the Poets' Corner area of Hartsdale, New York. The other half of the Poets' Corner area is the Hartsdale Lawns subdivision plat. Like its neighbor to the south, the streets of Hartsdale Lawns were named after prominent poets. Hartsdale Lawns is also home to a number of Sears houses including several that I've been able to match to mortgages that were financed through Sears Roebuck. Let's take a look at what I was able to find.



As you can see from this plat map, the area that was platted as Hartsdale Lawns comprises just a portion of what makes up the current neighborhood. The plat included a number of dead-end streets that were later connected and extended as neighboring properties were developed. While the area called Hartsdale Lawns is larger than the original plat, all of the Sears houses in Hartsdale Lawns are located on lots platted as part of the original plat.

Image of the Hartsdale Lawns Plat
Image courtesy of the Westchester County Clerk

Current View of Hartsdale Lawns Area
Image courtesy of Google Maps
On Scott Place, you'll find a pair of Sears houses facing across the street from each other.

14 Scott Pl - Hartsdale, NY - Sears Willard
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14 Scott Pl - Hartsdale, NY - Sears Willard
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Catalog Image of Sears Willard
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15 Scott Pl - Hartsdale, NY - Sears Mitchell
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15 Scott Pl - Hartsdale, NY - Sears Mitchell
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Catalog image of Sears Mitchell (1932)
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On Shelley Street, you'll find this nice example of a Sears Brookwood. The Brookwood is very similar in appearance to its larger cousin, the Sears Barrington. A distinctive spotting feature of the Brookwood is the triple living room windows on the first floor of the house which you can see in the image below. This house had a pair of Sears mortgage for a total of $5,800 with Sears trustee Edwards D. Ford.

49 Shelley Ave - Hartsdale, NY - Sears Brookwood
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Catalog Image of Sears Brookwood (1932)
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You'll find another Sears Willard at 57 Keats. While this house has had some changes from the original Willard design, I was able to authenticate it using a Sears mortgage for this property.

57 Keats - Hartsdale, NY - Sears Willard
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One of the more interesting discoveries in Hartsdale Lawns was this Sears Van Jean. It was challenging to get a clear view of the house but you can still see several of the original elements that are present in the catalog view of this model. This house had a Sears mortgage for $8,700 with Sears trustee Edwards D. Ford.

18 Kipling - Hartsdale, NY - Sears Van Jean
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Catalog image of Sears Van Jean
Image courtesy of Sears Archives
Last but not least on the tour of Hartsdale Lawns is this Sears Maplewood. This Maplewood had two Sears mortgages for a total of $7,300.

71 Longfellow - Hartsdale, NY - Sears Maplewood
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71 Longfellow - Hartsdale, NY - Sears Maplewood
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Catalog image of Sears Maplewood (1932)
Image courtesy of Archive.org
There are a couple of other homes in Hartsdale Lawns that I'm still investigating whether they may be from Sears. If they are, I'll share those in a future post.

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