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The Rockford: A Foursquare Dressed in Brick!

Amongst the 370 designs that Sears offered, more than a dozen of the houses were foursquares. One of the lesser-known foursquares is the Sears Rockford. I’ve seen three (and photographed two), and all three were in Virginia and all three were brick.

In fact, the original catalog page shows the house in brick (see below).

Most of the Sears foursquares were pretty simplistic-looking affairs, but that’s not true for the Rockford. The distinctive bracketing under the eaves is unique to the Rockford. The other models (Gladstone, Fullerton, Hamilton, Chelsea, Cornell, etc), didn’t have eave brackets.

Another unique feature are the three very small windows in the dining room. And also notice that there are two small windows flanking the chimney, and three large windows in the living room (front wall).

As with any house identification, the most important aspect is - the details. Study the details and make sure the house is a good match!

To learn more about the Sears Homes in Hopewell, click here.

To read about Virginia’s own ghost town (Penniman), click here.

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The Rockford - as seen in the 1928 catalog.

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floor plan

The Rockford wasn't a very big house. It had about 725 square feet per floor, for a total area of 1,450 square feet on both floors.

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A tiny hallway upstairs maximized space.

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Note the three small windows in the dining room (rear of house).

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cape charles

The tiny Eastern Shore town of Cape Charles (Virginia) has a Sears Rockford.

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And there's one in Hopewell, Virginia, too.

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Is there an abundance of kit homes in Hopewell? Well, kind of. Hopewell had a large number of Aladdin kit homes, but many were torn down. There are not very many Sears Homes in Hopewell. To learn more, click here.

Norfolk, however, does have a bunch. In fact, Norfolk has more than 75 kit homes. WOW!

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Sears

These eave brackets on the Rockford are a bit distinctive.

Want to learn more about the Sears Homes in Hopewell?  Click here or here.

If you’d like to see an abundance of kit homes in a small town, check out Roanoke Rapids!

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  1. Debbie
    June 7th, 2012 at 10:35 | #1

    There is a city in Illinois called Rockford. (Home of Cheap Trick.) I wonder if there are any Sears Rockford houses there?

  2. May 27th, 2013 at 00:33 | #2

    LOL - funny you should ask (about Sears houses in Rockford), we live in Elgin and I think we have a Sears home in Freeport. When I look at this house, I think ‘Wow, this looks like any number of houses in Rockford.’

    I think we’ve been inside dozens of them!

  3. Jon
    December 10th, 2013 at 17:41 | #3

    I owned (and lived in) a ‘Rockford’ in Greensburg, PA (415 Center Ave).

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