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The Sears Lewiston: A Tutorial on Their Tudorial

The Sears Lewiston was an immensely popular house for Sears, and one glance at these photos (below) tell why. It was a charming, practical, cottage-flavored house with an expandable attic and an optional raised roof (for lots of extra rooms).  The diamond muntins on the front window was a nice finishing touch to give this house a hint of the Tudor’s English roots.

It was offered from 1928 to 1940 (their last catalog), and changed in appearance a bit through the years. Better than words, study these photos and you’ll learn a lot about this remarkably popular home, The Sears Lewiston.

Click here to read about the mystery Lewiston in Bowling Green, Ohio. Seems to be a Sears House - built by Montgomery Wards??

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From the 1930 Sears Modern Homes catalog

From the 1930 Sears Modern Homes catalog

Sears Lewiston in Portsmouth, Virginia

Sears Lewiston in Portsmouth, Virginia

Pretty little Lewiston in Dowell, IL

Pretty little Lewiston in Dowell, IL. The faux front porch is kind of a pity, and the diamond muntin window is gone, but alas, the house is well-protected against lightning strikes!

A pretty little house on a Champaign (IL) budget.

A pretty little house on a Champaign (IL) budget.

Sears Lewiston in Hillsboro, NC

Sears Lewiston in Hillsboro, NC

Pickneyville, Illinois has a Lewiston!

Pickneyville, Illinois has a Lewiston! It needs a little love, but it's still a good sturdy little house.

Close-up of those interesting windows

Close-up of those interesting windows

Black and white photo of a Sears Lewiston in Irvington, IN

Black and white photo of a Sears Lewiston in Irvington, IN

First floor floorplan

First floor floorplan

Floor plan of the first floor

Floor plan of the second floor

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  1. MEB
    February 20th, 2014 at 18:13 | #1

    Our house has this very external look but a different floor plan.

    It was also built on a different elevation due to previous houses being built on the same spot and using the preexisting foundation, but it was built before 1927 (from photographic evidence.)

    Were there other manufacturers that offered this very style that are less known or did Sears offer it unofficially before ‘27?

    Thanks!

  2. February 21st, 2014 at 10:15 | #2

    @MEB
    There are SEVERAL versions of this houses offered by kit homes and patternbooks. It was not a Sears original that’s for sure! If you join Rosemary’s facebook group you can see an album I created that has several of these houses and you can compare the floorplans and possibly find yours.

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