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The Sears Homes of Hampton Roads (Virginia)

For years and years, I lived in the St. Louis area and that’s where I wrote my books on Sears Homes (and where I did all the research). In 2006, I moved back “home” to Hampton Roads (where I was born and raised), and it was pure fun to spend my spare time hunting for Sears Homes.

Here are a few of the houses that I found. BTW, if you find this interesting, please spread the word about this impressive collection in Hampton Roads and email this link.

And if you think you know the location of a Sears Home, please send me a note at thorntonrose@hotmail.com.

These are just a few of the kit homes I’ve found in the area. Heretofore, I’ve found 52 in Portsmouth, 75 in Norfolk and about 15 in Chesapeake.

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Sears Westly

Sears Westly

Sears Westly in Portsmouth on King Street. Photo was taken in 2004.

Sears Westly in Portsmouth on King Street. Photo was taken in 2004.

Sears Westly in Suffolk, Virginia

Sears Westly in downtown Suffolk

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Sears Crescent

Sears Crescent

Sears Crescent in Larchmont section of Norfolk

Sears Crescent in Larchmont section of Norfolk

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Aladdin is very popular in Hampton Roads, probably because they had a massive mill in Greensboro, NC and shipping charges would have been affordable.

Aladdin Kit Homes (a competitor of Sears) was very popular in Hampton Roads, probably because they had a massive mill in Greensboro, NC and shipping charges would have been affordable. Sears sold about 70,000 homes during their 32 years in the kit home business (1908-1940). However, Aladdin started in 1906 and went to 1981, selling about 75,000 houses.

This Aladdin Colonial is in Suffolk. For years and years, people believed it was a Sears kit home. This is not uncommon. It *is* a kit home, but it came from Aladdin, not Sears.

This Aladdin Colonial pictured below is in Suffolk. For years and years, people believed the house pictured below was a "Sears kit home." This is not uncommon. This house (below) *is* a kit home, but it came from Aladdin, not Sears.

Aladdin - another kit home company - offered the Aladdin Colonial.

Aladdin - another kit home company - offered the Aladdin Colonial. This one is in Suffolk.

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This is a kit home from Gordon Van Tine, a competitor of Sears in the kit home business.

This is a kit home from Gordon Van Tine, a competitor of Sears in the kit home business.

Heres a Gordon Van Tine in the Ocean View area of Norfolk - and in perfect condition!

Here's a Gordon Van Tine in the Ocean View area of Norfolk - and in perfect condition!

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Aladdin was very popular in the Hampton Roads area. Heres an Aladdin Venus. Note the casement windows.

Aladdin was very popular in the Hampton Roads area. Here's an Aladdin Venus. Note the casement windows.

This Aladdin Venus still has its original casement windows. Its in Colonial Place (Norfolk).

This Aladdin Venus still has its original casement windows. It's in Colonial Place (Norfolk).

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Aladdin Shadowlawn in Chesapeake, VA

A darling Aladdin Shadowlawn in Chesapeake, VA, just across from Lowes Hardware Store on Portsmouth Blvd West. This house was moved from another location, about a mile due east on Portsmouth Blvd and it appears to be in harm's way yet again - with all the retails shops that have sprouted up around it.

Another Shadowlawn peeks from the pine trees on this quiet street in Suffolk.

Another Shadowlawn peeks from the pine trees on this quiet street in Suffolk.

Aladdin Shadowlawn from the 1919 catalog

Aladdin Shadowlawn from the 1919 catalog. Note, this Shadowlawn has a porte cochere.

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The Beckley (from Sears)

The Beckley (from Sears)

This is The Beckley, which is in use as the Sextants Office at a large cemetery in Newport News.

This is The Beckley, which is in use as the Sexton's Office at a large cemetery in Newport News.

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Ive also found several homes from Gordon Van Tine in Hampton Roads.

I've also found several homes from Gordon Van Tine in Hampton Roads.

This pretty little #594 sits on a large parcel of land in Chesapeakes Deep Creek area.

This pretty little #594 sits on a large parcel of land in Chesapeake's Deep Creek area.

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And this is a Sears Americus, which was a very popular house for Sears.

And this is a Sears Americus, which was a very popular house for Sears.

This Sears Americus is in Park Place on 27th Street (Norfolk). Sadly, its been turned into a duplex.

This Sears Americus is in Park Place on 27th Street (Norfolk). Sadly, it's been turned into a duplex.

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Sears Whitehall from the 1928 Sears Modern Homes catalog

Sears Whitehall from the 1928 Sears Modern Homes catalog

Sears Whitehall just off Colley Avenue and 28th Street in Norfolk

Sears Whitehall just off Colley Avenue and 28th Street in Norfolk

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Aladdin kit home: The Virginia

Aladdin kit home: The Virginia

Aladdin Kit Home - The Virginia - in Norfolks Colonial Place

Aladdin Kit Home - The Virginia - in Norfolk's Colonial Place

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Aladdin Kit Home: The Pasadena

Aladdin Kit Home: The Pasadena

Here it is, right in Norfolks Lafayette/Winona neighborhood

Here it is, right in Norfolk's Lafayette/Winona neighborhood

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As mentioned, Norfolk is full of Aladdins and heres the Aladdin Edison

As mentioned, Norfolk is full of Aladdins and here's the Aladdin Edison

An Aladdin Edison in Norfolk, within a few yards of the ODU campus.

An Aladdin Edison in Norfolk, within a few yards of the ODU campus.

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Aladdin Detroit

Aladdin Detroit

A perfect Aladdin Detroit in Chesapeake

A perfect Aladdin Detroit in Chesapeake

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  1. Susan
    August 11th, 2010 at 14:25 | #1

    Wow! I love that these houses are still standing. I recognize the last house in Deep Creek. It’s on George Washington Highway.

  2. Vagirl
    August 12th, 2010 at 07:22 | #2

    These homes are full of charm.The detroit on Geo Washington is my fav. The upstairs had the bath with the bear claw tub to complete the charm,hardwood floors,chair rails and of course the history of its formers owners

  3. August 12th, 2010 at 09:35 | #3

    They’re all my favorite. :) I was surprised to find a plethora of kit homes in the Deep Creek area, with about a half dozen of the little pretties on George Washington Highway. Interestingly, there are more Aladdin Kit Homes (which was a company based in Michigan) than any other type (here in Hampton Roads). Aladdin had a mill in Greensboro, so that may be part of the reason we have so many.

  4. Donna Bakke
    August 17th, 2010 at 14:51 | #4

    I especially appreciate the GVTs and the Aladdins since I don’t know as much about them as I do the Sears!

  5. Nancy Sutton
    August 17th, 2010 at 22:17 | #5

    OOOOOOOOOOOooooo! I can’t wait to see what we find in Atlanta and environs!!!

  6. Chris
    August 19th, 2010 at 22:00 | #6

    Beautiful, Rosemary! Extraordinary research. You have such a great eye for the revealing details.

  7. Kathryn
    January 30th, 2011 at 08:31 | #7

    You missed a couple located in Riverfront in Norfolk!

  8. January 30th, 2011 at 08:35 | #8

    The only one I know of in Riverview is the Aladdin Sheffield. :)

  9. MARGARET HAUPT
    February 16th, 2011 at 19:07 | #9

    Does anyone know how to locate Sears homes in Charlottesville, Virginia? I love these designs.
    Margaret Haupt

    Rose’s Reply: I found several in Waynesboro, Staunton and Christiansburg, but I’ve never looked in Charlottesville. Send me photos of suspected kit homes!!! :) Send them to thorntonrose@hotmail.com.

  10. Denise
    July 8th, 2012 at 11:16 | #10

    We currently live in Northern Virginia but consider Hampton Roads our home away from home since we spent so much time there. Our first house was a craftsman, built in 1927 at 5-Points, likely not a kit house. I’ve always loved the idea of a kit house and may end up back in Hampton Roads since the kids are there. Recently found out our little town allowed a kit house to be destroyed so a larger house could be built. Such a shame.

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