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:

Adams

Adeline

Alden

Almo

Amherst

Amhurst

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

Arcadia

Bayside

Branford

Bristol

Cambria

Canton

Carlton

Chesterfield

Chicora

Cleveland

Coateshead

Colebrook

Corning

Corrington

Croydon

Dartmouth

Durham

Estes

Fairfield

Fulton

Gainsboro

Glen View

Hampshire

Harmony

Hopeland

Kenfield

Laurel

Lenox

Letona

Lorne

Malden

Marquette

Melrose

Milford

Millerton

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

Nantucket

Natoma

Nipigon

Norwich

Oxford

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

Portsmouth

Seagrove

Sheffield

Sherwood

Silverdale

Spaulding

Springwood

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

Sunny Dell

Tarryton

Torrington

Trenton

Valley

Vanita

Verndale

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

Wareham

Warren

Webster

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

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To learn more about identifying Sears Homes, click here.