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This Old Kit Home is LOST in Lynchburg!

According to my good friend Rebecca, there’s a Sterling Windemere in Lynchburg. She found a testimonial in an old Sterling Homes catalog and the location listed for this house was Lynchburg, and now she’d like to include a photo of this house in her new book. I’ll be driving up to Lynchburg on March 19th (soon!) to find this house. If anyone has any ideas as to the address or area, it sure would be helpful to have that!

Please leave a comment below with the address or write me at thorntonrose@hotmail.com.

Note, one of the distinctive features of this house is that paired staircase landing window (midway up the side wall). That’s a fairly unusual feature, as most landing windows were single. Also note the grouped columns (three on the corners), with the brick foundations. And note how the second-floor windows come right up to the eaves of the house. Lastly, there’s a hipped dormer in the attic with two small windows. On the home’s front (first floor), the door is to the side and there are three windows in the living room.

There are a gazillion foursquares in Lynchburg, but I’m hoping to find THIS foursquare! Thanks for your help!

Sterling Homes The Windemere from the 1917 catalog

Sterling Homes "The Windemere" from the 1917 catalog.

Heres a photo of a Sterling Windemere in Bay City, Michigan. Photo is courtesy of Dale Patrick Wolicki.

Here's a photo of a Sterling Windemere in Bay City, Michigan. Note the paired windows on the stair case landing. Photo is courtesy of Dale Patrick Wolicki.

Beautiful house, but where is it?

Beautiful house, but where is it?

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Floor plan

Floor plan

Windemere

Proving the superiority of Sterling pre-cut homes, this Windemere was built on this lot in just 11 days. Note, this did not include the fireplace chimney and windows. This view shows the other side of the Windemere which (unfortunately) is quite non-descript.

Sterling Homes was based in Bay City, Michigan. Heres a picture from the cover of their 1917 catalog.

Sterling Homes was based in Bay City, Michigan. Here's a picture from the cover of their 1917 catalog.

Most folks have heard of Sears Kit Homes, but in addition to Sears, there were six companies selling kit homes through mail order. Their names were Gordon Van Tine, Montgomery Ward, Aladdin, Harris Brothers, Lewis Manufacturing and Sterling Homes.

To learn more about identifying kit homes, click here.

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  1. Shelley
    September 20th, 2012 at 18:08 | #1

    I believe that house can be found on Rivermont Avenue in Lynchburg. I know that I live in a kit house myself in Lynchburg. If interested contact my by email. I live on the same street as one of your published photos.

  2. JM
    May 29th, 2017 at 00:02 | #2

    Yes the Rivermont area. Look behind the BBT and Cleveland Ave.

  3. jeffrey s goss
    September 19th, 2018 at 22:04 | #3

    The home pictured above that was built in 11 days is located at 418 N. Trumbull St in Bay City Michigan. My friend owned this home for 20 years. He has a newspaper article that featured the construction. of his home. A half bath was added off the kitchen at some time. The floor plan remains the same except the kitchen door was was relocated to the end of the wall when it is pictured above. The 2nd level of the home still has the original cedar shakes and the lower level is the original wood siding. The original wood floors are also still in the lower level of the home.

  4. jeffrey s goss
    September 19th, 2018 at 22:05 | #4

    jeffrey s goss :
    The home pictured above that was built in 11 days is located at 418 N. Trumbull St in Bay City Michigan.

    My friend owned this home for 20 years. He has a newspaper article that featured the construction. of his home. A half bath was added off the kitchen at some time.

    The floor plan remains the same except the kitchen door was relocated to the end of the wall when it is pictured above.

    The 2nd level of the home still has the original cedar shakes and the lower level is the original wood siding. The original wood floors are also still in the lower level of the home.

  5. Dale Wolicki
    September 25th, 2018 at 22:08 | #5

    The Sterling Windemere on Trumbull in Bay City, Michigan is the original Windemere model built in 1915 for advertising and tours.

    It was among Sterling Homes most popular models and was offered into the 1930s.

    The last time I saw the Trumbull Windemere the homeowner had completed a renovation and it looked much as it did in 1915.

    There are six or seven Windemere in Bay City, but Rose and I do not provide addresses as we respect the privacy of homeowners.

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