Ranson in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
John C. Heinz House
West Virginia 9
—Charlestown to Martinsburg —
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
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).
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