342 E. Liberty St. in Medina.
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MEDINA — In the first quarter of the 20th century, a would-be homeowner could order a kit from the Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog.
A house built from such a kit will be featured on the Holiday Home Tour noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The bungalow house at 342 E. Liberty St. now is owned by Stan and Sherri Scheetz.
Stan Scheetz said house originally cost $2,750 and was built in 1921 by Charlie Winters.
Sears says more than 70,000 of these homes were sold in North America between 1908 and 1940.
Scheetz, a local attorney, said the Weymouth Historical Society did some research and found there are as many as 15 of the Sears kit homes in Medina.
“All the wood, windows and doors” were in the kit, Scheetz said. The light fixtures were extra.
At-large Councilman Bill Lamb said the Sears house kit would have been delivered to the South Court Street train station. From there, the buyer would have gathered friends, family and neighbors to put it together, similar to a barn-raising.
Sunday’s tour is sponsored by the Medina Community Design Committee and proceeds will benefit the Medina Town Hall & Engine House Museum on Public Square.
Other homes on the tour that will be decorated for the holidays are:
- 800 S. Court St. — Colonial Revival, built in 1951, owned by Dr. Will and Michele Nichols;
- 137 W. Homestead St. — Cape Cod, built in 1951, owned by Fred and Jackie Pallotta;
- 231 E. Union St.: Greek Revival, built in 2017, owned by Laura Gowe;
- 137 S. Prospect St.: carriage house at Spitzer Bed and Breakfast, built in 1890 by George Gruninger, owned by Delane Nagel.
The carriage house was converted to a home in the 1940s, Lamb said. “It’s special.”
Guests will start the tour at the 200-year-old Gothic Revival St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 317 E. Liberty St., where they can have refreshments and pick up their tour map and booties to wear in the homes.
Tickets are $15 and available at Cool Beans Café, 103 W. Liberty St.; Miss Molly’s Tea Room, 140 W. Washington St.; Medina County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 32 Public Square; and Boyert’s Greenhouse, 7171 Wooster Pike, Montville Township. Tickets are also available at medinacommunitydesigncommittee.org.
“What we focused on is houses that people can relate to,” said Lamb, who’s also executive director of the design committee. “Each home represented something special. It’s fascinating to see how regular folks decorate (their homes).”
Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.