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Perhaps the Most Remuddled Americus in America

Did they *know* this was a Sears House when they killed it?

Before I get myself into trouble with too many words, I’ll let the pictures tell the sad story. It’s in Pennsylvania, not far from that beautiful brick Magnolia in Irwin!

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The Americus, as seen in the 1921 catalog.

The Americus, as seen in the 1921 catalog.

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I think the bush is trying to protect it from street view. Grow Mr. Bush, grow fast! One of the defining features of the Americus is all those fine windows, most of which have been stripped by this "siding job."

The other side isnt much better, but at least there are a few windows.

The other side isn't much better, but at least there are a few windows.

Palate cleanse, courtesy Beckley, WV.

Palate cleanse, courtesy Beckley, WV.

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  1. Joeylynn Mattson
    July 22nd, 2011 at 12:41 | #1

    If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s boarding up windows for practicality’s sake! eeek! That was suggested to us by an unmentioned family member upon our moving into our home with windows aplenty and winter drafts as many! “NO!” I say! And please, don’t mince words… I LOVE the way you put things into words and the humor that comes out of it! You’ve got me in stitches every time!

  2. Shari D.
    December 3rd, 2013 at 15:32 | #2

    That’s just sad. And speaks to an extreme aversion to sunlight?

    Although the exterior is a bright, sunshiny yellow, the admittance of any natural light seems to be forbidden. Even where there are windows, they are very much smaller than the originals, and seem dark even from the outside.

    And the “blind” on the front porch seems to be in place to block out any stray rays of sunshine! I can’t imagine how dark it must be on the inside from lack of natural light.

    Poor thing….

    The other thing I noticed is you say at the beginning that you aren’t revealing any information about the location of this travesty, other than “an unnamed small town in America.”

    But, just above these comments, there is a list of “uncategorized” key words or links (can’t remember the proper word right this moment) and included there are no less than two mentions of Pennsylvania!

    Is that a clue for the sharp-eyed? A “Freudian Slip?” ;-)

  3. December 3rd, 2013 at 18:18 | #3

    Hey Shari,

    It’s in Irwin. LOL.

    Not far from that fine brick Magnolia!

    Rose

  4. August 29th, 2015 at 16:00 | #4

    Poor Americus :(

    It seems unpatriotic to deface such a beautiful Sears house.

    The color version of the Sears Americus in the catalog is SO pretty!

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