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Ranson in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

John C. Heinz House

West Virginia 9

— Charlestown to Martinsburg —

 
 
John C. Heinz House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, August 27, 2017
1. John C. Heinz House Marker
Inscription.  
The house was constructed by John C. Heinz in 1924 and 1925. Heinz sold the property to Samuel C. Heinz in September of 1924, and the deed specifically mentions the house "under construction."

The house style, known as “The Alhambra”, appeared in the 1918, 1919, 1921, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1928, and 1929 editions of the Sears, Roebuck & Co. mail order catalogs. Described as “an Effective Mission style of architecture (the exterior appearance of which), as well as the interior arrangement, will appeal to anyone who likes massiveness and plenty of room.” The Alhambra's details and features included “Eight rooms and one bath. Stucco exterior; curvilinear parapets and dormers; overhanging eaves; open porch and terrace in front. Fireplace in living room; built-in sideboard in dining room; [and] built-in seat in sun room.” Depending on the amenities selected, the cost of the Alhambra ranged from $1,969 to $3,134.

The Sears, Roebuck & Co. Modern Homes Program was initiated in 1908 with its first catalog devoted to homes. The program rapidly expanded in the northeastern United States. The
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national building boom of the 1920s was in part made possible by the catalog housing industry. Sears sold 30,000 homes by mail in 1925 and 50,000 in 1930. The success of the program is attributable to the architect-designed adaptations of popular styles: “Sears houses followed rather than set architectural styles” (Stevenson and Jandl 1986).
 
Erected by West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia 9 series list.
 
Location. 39° 22.576′ N, 77° 53.237′ W. Marker is in Ranson, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Route 9 Bike Path just east of Charles Town Road (West Virginia Route 115), on the left when traveling east. The Bike Path begins at 6327 Charles Town Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 255 Oak Tree Rd, Ranson WV 25438, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kearneysville Area Historic Properties (approx. 0.7 miles away); "Travelers' Rest" (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Kearneysville Area Historic Properties (approx. 1.1 miles away); Valley View / Tackley Farm
John C. Heinz House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, August 27, 2017
2. John C. Heinz House Marker
The 60 Mile Marker on Route 9 is visible behind the marker.
(approx. 1.1 miles away); The Greenback Raid (approx. 1˝ miles away); Hockensmith Apple Storage Building (approx. 1.6 miles away); Peter Burr / William Burr Houses (approx. 1.9 miles away); Peter Burr House (approx. 2 miles away).
 
John C. Heinz House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, August 27, 2017
3. John C. Heinz House
Close-up of Michael Baker's 1997 photo on marker
The Alhambre image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, August 27, 2017
4. The Alhambre
Close-up of image on marker
John C. Heinz House<br>6351 Charles Town Road image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, August 27, 2017
5. John C. Heinz House
6351 Charles Town Road
Curvilinear Dormer image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, August 27, 2017
6. Curvilinear Dormer
You Are Here image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, August 27, 2017
7. You Are Here
Close-up of map on marker
The Alhambra, No. 7090<br>“Already Cut” and Fitted<br>$2,414.00 image. Click for full size.
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8. The Alhambra, No. 7090
“Already Cut” and Fitted
$2,414.00
From Honor Bilt Modern Homes, Sears and Roebuck, 1921.
First Floor Plan image. Click for full size.
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9. First Floor Plan
First Floor. A French door leads from the porch to the sun room. Casement sash opening on three sides supply an abundance of light and ventilation. There is a side board in the dining room, a large brick mantel with a bookcase on each side in the living room, an ironing board in the kitchen. Separate stairways to the second floor from living room and kitchen. Rooms are 9 feet from floor to ceiling.” – Honor Bilt Modern Homes, Sears and Roebuck, 1921.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 557 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 28, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7, 8, 9. submitted on June 1, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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