The Chelsea

The Sears Chelsea was not one of their most popular models, and it’s a little different from the other Sears foursquares. The dormer windows in the Sears Chelsea were boxier and bolder than other Sears Homes such as the Fullerton, the Gladstone, Woodland and...

The Ivanhoe, By Sears

The Magnolia was Sears biggest and best (and most expensive) kit home, but the Ivanhoe was a close second. I’ve only seen a few of these in my travels, and one of them was in Lewisburg, WV and the other was in Elmhurst, Illinois. According to the testimonials...

Modern Home #306

Based on my experience, this was not a hugely popular house for Sears, and yet I’ve found examples of the #306 in Moorefield, WV, Blacksburg, SC, and Christiansburg, VA. It’s an enormous house and the trademark feature is that side dormer, with a roof line...

All Things Alhambra, part II

The Spanish-flavored Sears Alhambra was a big hit for Sears and was probably one of their top ten favorite kit homes. It was practical, spacious, thoughtfully designed and had plenty of windows. The only downside of the Alhambra was the dormer windows. The spot just...