The Meadow-Moor: Supersedes The Commonplace!

What a month! Two weeks ago, an elderly friend took a bad fall and I’ve been spending a little time helping her “get back on her feet” – literally and figuratively! Between that, and trying to write a book about Penniman (which is 100 years old in 2015), it’s been a very busy time.

Last year, my buddy Dale Wolicki sent me these wonderful photos of a rare Sterling “Meadow-Moor” that he discovered in Rocky River, Ohio. I’ve never seen a Meadow-Moor and according to Dale, this is the first one he’s seen, too!

Thanks to Dale for sharing his photos!

Enjoy the pictures, and please leave a comment below.

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The Lewis Meadow-Moor (1914 catalog).

The Sterling Meadow-Moor (1914 catalog).


Spacious, too!

Spacious, too! Love the “cupboard buffet” and Solarium.



Back in the day, the 2nd floor bathroom (usually the only bath) ended up on the front.



I’d spend my whole  life on that sunporch.



Still has its thatch-effect roof, too! What a cream puff of a kit house! Photo is copyright 2014 Dale Wolicki and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.


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  1. Lyn

    Got to wonder how the upstairs was modified, with the dormers on either side of the sleeping porch. Perhaps enlarged closets? Maybe a master bath?

  2. Jan

    I really like the floor plan layout on this home however the outside “look” of the house with the window placement and the front porch looking all closed in, doesn’t give me that warm feeling of home.

    I do like the thatch roof effect and I agree with you about the sunroom!

    Still, I am glad to see that this home has been loved and apparently cared for all these years.

  3. Dale Wolicki

    Should let the coffee kick in before you do these early morning posts.

    That a Meadow-Moor from Sterling Homes, not Lewis Homes. And right across the street is a big Sterling Vernon. I don’t think the Meadow-Moor was popular because its just ugly.

    Rose’s Reply: Oh my goodness, how did I miss that? Especially considering that you labeled it as a Sterling Meadow-Moor in your photos! Oh my! Thanks for pointing it out!

  4. LaRue

    I enjoyed the article on the homes but, please, spell “supersede” correctly next time.

    I’m a writer and once to my chagrin I misspelled it in a newsletter when I worked at one of our national laboratories. I got teased about it for the next three years.

    I think it’s a common error because “precede” is spelled with a “c” instead of an “s”.

    Good story!

  5. Patrick

    Hey! This is my house in Rocky River! How funny but we came across this blog by chance one day. The picture was taken when we had the front yard torn up for renovation.

    Yes. At some point a previous owner enclosed the sleeping porch. Bummer. I would loved to have used it for that.

    There were not many renovations made since its building. We are currently in the process of renovating one of the bathrooms. These houses were built extremely well.

    Would anyone out there know where I can get a high resolution print of the sterling advertisement featured on this blog? We would love to have it framed and display it in the house.

  6. Dale Wolicki


    Send me an email at Might take me a week or two to get a scan back to you. Busy with annoying client project and rewiring the bathroom.

    Jim Bedell, City Planner for Westlake was taking me on a tour of Rocky River when I spotted a Sterling Vernon across the street from residence, and then turned to see your Meadowmoor!

    If you look in the basement or attic you might find the assembly stamps and in the roof rafters the Sterling Homes stamp. The Meadowmoor was a true Stickley style Arts and Crafts house offered 1915 to 1922. It is the only Meadowmoor I know of.

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