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Ranson in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

John C. Heinz House

West Virginia 9

 

—Charlestown to Martinsburg —

 
John C. Heinz House Marker image. Click for full size.
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 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
John C. Heinz House Marker image. Click for full size.
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.
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.
 
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 when traveling east. Touch for map. The Bike Path begins at 6327 Charles Town Road. Marker is in this post office area: Ranson WV 25438, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Travelers' Rest" (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Greenback Raid (approx. 1˝ miles away); Peter Burr House (approx. 1.9 miles away); “The Bower” (approx. 2˝ miles away); Johnsontown (approx. 2˝ miles away); Veterans Administration Center (approx. 3 miles away); "Prato Rio" (approx. 3.3 miles away); General William Darke (approx. 3.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
John C. Heinz House image. Click for full size.
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.
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.
By Allen C. Browne, August 27, 2017
5. John C. Heinz House
6351 Charles Town Road
Curvilinear Dormer image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 27, 2017
6. Curvilinear Dormer
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 28, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 28, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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