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The Rarest of Sears Homes

In 2010, I visited Chicago and spent a few days with my friend Rebecca Hunter. After tooling around town looking at lots and lots of Sears Homes, we sat down in her beautiful dining room and made a list of the Sears Homes that neither one of us had ever seen.

It’s been my experience that the 60 most popular Sears Homes represented about 90% of their sales. Over and over again, we see the same designs, the Mitchells and Lynnhavens and Gladstones and Craftons and Argyles, etc. Sears offered 370 designs of Sears Homes, and of those 370 designs, there are 108 designs that neither Rebecca nor I have ever seen. This is quite remarkable, as the two of us have seen something approaching 10,000 Sears Homes. That’s a lot of Sears Homes.

Dale Wolicki says that it’s likely that some of these designs were never sold or built. In other words, they never went beyond being pictures in a catalog. He’s probably right.

For those Sears Homes aficionados, here is the list of Sears Homes that neither Rebecca or I have ever seen:







Amsterdam (Updated! Someone sent me photos of an Amesterdam in Scranton.)






















Glen View














Model # 141

Model #104

Model #107

Model #116

Model #122

Model #130

Model #134

Model #136

Model #139

Model #143

Model #157

Model #158

Model #159

Model #165

Model #166

Model #175

Model #176

Model #177

Model #182

Model #183

Model #191

Model #195

Model #198

Model #199

Model #202

Model #204

Model #216

Model #228

Model #241

Model #264P159a

Model #264P206

Model #264P207

Model #264P243

Model #264P252

Model #36

Model #59

Model #64

Model #70

Model #C2001






Pennsgrove (updated! Saw one in Baltimore, thanks to a reader!)








Stone Ridge (Updated - found one in Ocean View - Norfolk, Virginia!)

Sunny Dell







Vinemont (Donna Bakke - may she rest in peace - found one of these in Ohio.)




Below are some photos of Sears Homes from my recent trip to Illinois:

Sears Osborn in St. Charles, Illinois

Sears Osborn in St. Charles, Illinois

Sears Newcastle in northern Illinois

Sears Newcastle in northern Illinois

Sears Matoka in St. Charles

Sears Matoka in St. Charles

Sears Fullerton in Elgin, Illinois

Sears Fullerton in Elgin, Illinois

Sears Del Rey in Wheaton, Illinois

Sears Del Rey in Wheaton, Illinois

Sears Marina (2024) in West Chicago

Sears Marina (2024) in West Chicago

Sears Kilbourne in Lynchburg, Virginia

Sears Kilbourne in Lynchburg, Virginia

Sears Glenn Falls in Christianburg, Virginia

Sears Glenn Falls in Christianburg, Virginia

Sears Americus in Roanoke, Virginia

Sears Americus in Roanoke, Virginia

Sears Martha Washington in Bedford, Virginia

Sears Martha Washington in Bedford, Virginia


To learn more about identifying Sears Homes, click here.

  1. October 7th, 2010 at 12:31 | #1

    I know this is not in your area, but there IS a Sears Chesterfield in Clawson, Michigan. if you look at the galleries on our website, I have a photo of it. So at least one of them was built - Its the only one I have ever seen.

  2. Jy Murphy
    September 22nd, 2011 at 17:41 | #2

    Dear Rosemary,

    I am the research editor at Country Living magazine - I believe we spoke briefly several years ago - and I’m wondering if you know where to find images of the Modern Home models from the 1911 catalog.

    In particular I wanted to know what model 116 looks like. I’m trying to confirm the provenance of a 1911 house in Yakima, WA, that is supposed to be Sears. I wonder whether it might be a Whitehall (rather altered), or maybe the model 116 - it has a certain similarity to the model 115 and I thought, maybe…this could have been the next model. I would be happy to send you a photo or two if you’re interested. 1120 S 17th Ave Yakima WA.


  3. Elizabeth
    July 23rd, 2012 at 01:04 | #3


    I just came across this blog post when researching sears homes. I noticed that you hadn’t ever found a model 122 home. Supposedly a home in Cape Girardeau, Missouri is one of that model. Here is a link to a recent real estate listing of this home. It is a registered historic landmark. I don’t know if the claim is true that it is a model 122, but thought I would mention it to let you look into.

  4. Elizabeth
  5. Lisa
    April 10th, 2013 at 09:55 | #5

    Apparently there is a 1925 Sears Craftsman Natoma house for sale in Butte Montana. I am looking at homes in the area and came across it. I can’t confirm whether it is or not, but it is listed as such. here’s a link. Hope that helps. =)


  6. Philip Toole
    April 20th, 2013 at 21:18 | #6

    Dear Rosemary,

    There is a Springwood in the museum village on Sanibel Island in Southwest Florida near Fort Myers. I have your books, saw this home, and knew I wanted to communicate this to you. I’m glad I found this web site! The Springwood has even been restored to near original condition. If you want I can probably get pictures. It’s amazing.

  7. April 21st, 2013 at 06:48 | #7

    Yes, please check your email and send me some photos of your Springwod!!! :)

  8. valerie Chochla
    May 18th, 2013 at 20:48 | #8

    I own a Laurel model Sears home if you’re interested. I live in Phoenixville, PA.

  9. James C. Bergdahl
    July 20th, 2013 at 13:45 | #9

    I own, and am restoring, a Sears Bungalow Model 177 on 28th Ave., Spokane, WA, 99223, USA.

    I know it is a model 177 because yesterday the 89-yr old woman whose father built it in 1923 gave me a photocopy of pages of the catalog of the model 177 house and it is identical, inside and out.

    It is a large 1.5 story (4 bdrms/2 baths) with main gables facing away from the front, and a huge front porch with a flying header beam - 36 feet without a post! Its 1st floor plan is awesome.

    I can send you a picture if you’d like.

    Happy bungalow hunting!


  10. Carrie Alvers
    March 27th, 2014 at 09:37 | #10

    I just bought a Milford model, and it still had the blueprints that came with it. I am located in Upstate NY. Haven’t moved in quite yet, need to do just a little fixing up, but it’s in pretty good condition.

  11. March 27th, 2014 at 10:13 | #11

    Carrie, that’s quite something!!

    Can you send me pictures? Please send them to Rosemary.ringer@gmail.com and put, “I love your books more than anything,” in the subject line.

    If you put, “Sears Homes” in the subject line, it will disappear into the crowd. LOL.


  12. KCKitHomes
    May 5th, 2014 at 16:46 | #12

    I identified an Alden upon walkthru looking for a new home this weekend.

    You can’t turn around in Charleston, WV (Especially Kanawha City) without looking at one.

  13. KCKitHomes
    May 5th, 2014 at 16:48 | #13


    Here it is on google maps


    It’s the white house. I verified the floor plan to a ‘T’! It has an addition on the back.

  14. May 6th, 2014 at 06:48 | #14


    I’ve spent a couple days in Charleston, WV and I think we found more than 40 kit homes. I didn’t see an Alden.

    Please send me a photo: Rosemary.ringer@gmail.com.

  15. Lori Balbach
    May 17th, 2014 at 13:02 | #15

    Think there is a version of the Sears ” Tarryton ” in our old neighborhood. Located at 155 Dance Dr Hamilton nj

  16. Bill Bender
    September 13th, 2014 at 14:17 | #16

    We just purchased a Sears NIPIGON log home, that has been re-sided in the past. We believe a 1940 kit not 100% sure, and we think left over and purchased and erected after the war.

    It was moved by boat to it’s present location on an island in 1958 for a lake front cottage. Just google 3694 Memorial Marblehead and you’ll see it.

  17. Shay Barry & Brad Mayhew
    June 9th, 2015 at 23:47 | #17

    This is an exciting site!!

    We just sold our home that was built in 1907 in Spokane, WA. 1208 S Wall St. Spokane WA.

    Our neighbors on the North side also have Sears houses. One is the Newcastle style. Mine and the third house down, I’m not sure.

  18. Donna Osborne
    September 27th, 2015 at 21:37 | #18

    I was looking up different Sears homes online to see what pictures come up and I came across this article about kit homes in Westlake, Ohio. They supposedly have a Chicora, but no address is listed.

    I am not sure if you know what it looks like, but I thought maybe you could spot it on Google maps. http://westlife.northcoastnow.com/westlake-historical-society-talks-sears-homes/

  19. John Robinson
    August 21st, 2016 at 23:46 | #19

    I am told that this house is the Torrington but reversed! The garage was made into a family room and a new garage added to the back in 1949. It has beautiful interior woodwork. http://www.estately.com/listings/info/211-briarcliff-rd

  20. Jane Miller
    September 24th, 2016 at 12:52 | #20

    I live in central WI, I grew up in a Sears home, Plan No. 143. My uncle built it in 1910, I have the building material list. I don’t know the name for this home. The owners now, have changed it a little bit. I have a picture of it some time after it was built.

  21. EAC
    November 30th, 2016 at 23:32 | #21

    I saw a Springwood Sears House on Sanibel Island in Florida, in Sanibel’s Historic Village. I believe it is named the Morning Glory. The design and floor plan is just brilliant!

  22. Pamela Jean
    February 8th, 2017 at 02:39 | #22

    The Alamo (2033B) is in Panama City, Florida.

  23. Jessica
    May 8th, 2017 at 23:15 | #23

    Sears Alden or Sears Newcastle?

    My next door neighbor’s home is a Sears Roebuck Kit home, but I’m not sure of the model.

    My home was built in 1938. My parents live on the other side of this Sears home, and theirs was built in 1940, which based on the development of our street places this Sears home somewhere in that range.

    The sad thing is that one of the owner covered this beautiful home in vinyl siding, replaced all the windows-but a tiny casement at the back–with vinyl ones.

    The original siding underneath was made of redwood and curved outward slightly.

    The owner also ripped off the multicolored slate roof.
    The most offensive part of this story is that prior to these atrocious “renovations,”my mom told this owner, an antiques dealer, that she must really enjoy owning a piece of history, that the home was a Sears home.

    The owner was insulted and acted as if this were the most distasteful thing.
    Needless to say, when the original owner’s daughter drove by just to see her childhood home, she was horrified to see the “home improvements.” Sigh.

    I’d love to send some pictures to see if someone can identify the exact model. My gut tells me that it is an Alden.

  24. Diane stalmack
    July 8th, 2018 at 17:08 | #24

    I believe I live in a Nipigon in Antioch Illinois.

    However, my grandparents dug a lower level for the kitchen, dining room and laundry. My dad raised the home and put a new foundation in 1995.

    When he raised the house he put as much of the original log back on. The house is on the lake and has beautiful fireplaces.

    I would love to confirm!

  25. July 9th, 2018 at 13:06 | #25


    I’ve sent you an email. Hope to hear back.


  26. APRIL
    July 21st, 2018 at 10:22 | #26


    I believe that I live in a Letona. It has been slightly altered over the years, however the layout is clearly there. The cool thing is, if you read the 1911 catalog for this plan, it states that this home was built in Beech Grove, Indiana which is where I live. My basement cement block has a date of February 1911. So I’m guessing the plans would have been bought in 1910. The catalog page also says 5 panel doors. We have the original doors and hardware.

    I would be happy to send pictures, if you like.

  27. Hayley c
    November 27th, 2018 at 02:12 | #27

    I just did a story on Sears homes, including a Silverdale in Northampton Massachusetts https://www.wwlp.com/news/local-news/are-you-living-in-a-sears-kit-home-/1620827079

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