So reads the text in the 1920 Lewis Manufacturing catalog (shown below).

Lewis Manufacturing (based in Bay City), was one of the six national companies that sold kit homes through mail order catalogs. The San Fernando was one of their most popular homes. The houses of Lewis Manufacturing are typically found in the Midwest and in New England. Lewis had a sales office in Syracuse, NY so I’m certain there are many of these Lewis Homes in and around the Syracuse area.

Lewis Homes

Cover of the 1920 Lewis Homes catalog.

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The Lewis San Fernando was one of their most popular designs.

The Lewis San Fernando was one of their most popular designs.

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Nice floor plan, too.

Nice floor plan, too.

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This photo was taken in 2003. Hopefully this house has been repainted, because the purple really does not do it justice. Thats my dear friend Dale Wolicki in the front yard.

This photo was taken in 2003. Hopefully this house has been repainted, because the purple really does not do it justice. That's my dear friend Dale Wolicki in the front yard.

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My buddy

My buddy Dale and I love reading and learning (and writing!) about these old houses! Dale even managed to put himself into a 1920 Lewis Homes catalog!

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Ooh, and heres the info on the Lewis Office in Syracuse!

Ooh, and here's the info on the Lewis Office in Syracuse! This faded text appeared on the front page of this 1920 Lewis Homes catalog, which happens to have been a gift from Dale in 2003.

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