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The Sears Bandon: Neat, Practical And Modern

The Sears Bandon is a rare bird indeed. The only one I’ve ever found was in Pulaski, Illinois, not far from the Sears Lumber Mill in Cairo, Illinois. That mill was the site of a 40-acre mill where Sears created and produced up to 250 pre-cut kit homes per month. It was a tremendous operation with more than 100 employees at its peak, and 20 acres of outbuildings.

It was also the site of “The Experiment.” Click here to see the only remnant of the Sears Mill in Cairo.

In 2001, whilst doing research on  Sears Homes at the Cairo Public Library, I stumbled across a little item in their vertical file about a Sears Bandon built in nearby Pulaski. Later that day, I hopped into the car and drove out to Pulaski and found my Bandon on the main drag through town. It was perfect in every way.

In March 2010, when I traveled to Illinois to do research for my newest book (”The Sears Homes of Illinois“), I went back to Pulaski to get newer/better photos. While standing on this main drag in this tiny town, I had three people stop and ask me if I needed help.

Speaking as a former long-time resident of Illinois, I don’t miss those long, cold Illinois winters, but I surely do miss the kind, generous, hard-working folks of small-town Midwestern America. They’re truly the crème de la crème of our country.

Below is the information I found in the vertical files at the Cairo Public Library;

The house (identified specifically as the Sears Bandon) was built in 1921. According to this document, the lumber for this kit home was shipped from the Sears mill in Cairo. It gave the following costs:

Cost of The Bandon $2794.00
Plaster (extra)  $133.00
Material to finish attic rooms  $241.00
Complete hot water heating system  $403.66
Wire and light fixtures  $133.66
Labor for carpenter (including masonry work)  $1600.00

Total $5305.32

This document also stated that, in 1924, a Sears Cyclone Barn (shipped from Cairo, IL) was built on the property. The kit barn cost $943.00.

Is there a Sears Home in your neck of the woods? Please send photos to Magnolia2047@gmail.com.

Enjoy the photos!

The Sears Bandon was a beauty, but why wasnt it more popular? Ive only seen one - ever - and that was just outside of Cairo, Illinois.

The Sears Bandon was a beauty, but why wasn't it more popular? I've only seen one - ever - and that was just outside of Cairo, Illinois (image is from 1921 catalog).

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It had a very busy floor plan. Note

It had a very busy floor plan, and it's the only house I've ever seen with a "dining porch." This room - which jutted out from the rest of the house - had ventilation on three sides, and seven windows.

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Close-up of the floorplan shows how busy this house is! Look at the kitchen! The ice box was in the staircase landing. And the kitchen was oh-so tiny!

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And it was a fine-looking house!

And it was a fine-looking house!

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And here is the real-life beauty in Pulaski!

And here is the real-life beauty in Pulaski!

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Nice, isnt it?  :)

Nice, isn't it? :)

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The 1921 catalog image included this thumbnail from straight--on.

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Pretty, pretty house!

Pretty, pretty house! While southern Illinois does have some of the nicest people, it also some of the worst, mean, loud and scary-looking dogs! These dogs never did stop barking!

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The  Sears Bandon is perfect in every way!

The Sears Bandon is perfect in every way!

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Its perfect! Down to the details!!

It's perfect! Down to the details!!

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And its in a beautiful, bucolic setting!

And it's in a beautiful, bucolic setting!

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From this angle, you can get a better view of the Dining Porch.

From this angle, you can get a better view of the Dining Porch.

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As a nice bonus, the old barn (built 1924) is still standing, and in beautiful condition.

As a nice bonus, the old barn (built 1924) is still standing, and in beautiful condition.

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The Cyclone Barn was a very popular item for Sears (shown here in the 1920 catalog).

The Cyclone Barn was a very popular item for Sears (shown here in the 1920 catalog).

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  1. janis hartman
    January 6th, 2013 at 11:57 | #1

    Hi, We just bought two little houses on one lot. They are block and wooden, but mostly block.

    We just got the county report on them and it says “built 1947, Sears house”. Did Sears have block house plans? How do I find out more about these houses, to verify that they are Sears homes. Any and all help is much appreciated. (They are both small houses, one story, with simple low sloping roofs.)

    Thanks! Janis Hartman

  2. Joyce St.Michael
    November 23rd, 2013 at 00:50 | #2

    Rose, That darling Glen Falls you list as Mattoon is actually in Charleston, IL.

    Dr. and Doris Hite used to live there. I remember what fun it was taking photos with you.

    Joyce

  3. JULIE WHITLOCK
    August 6th, 2015 at 13:50 | #3

    I want to build thise house on my lot. How can I get a copy of the plans?

  4. Nina Guinn
    November 25th, 2015 at 12:44 | #4

    We just spent all day yesterday with the current owner of the property. It is picture perfect, inside and out.

    The Home and Barn are a look back on a quality of workmanship, long gone. Down to the Poplar lumber used for the floor joist.

    I am still amazed at the Barn Loft. The curved wood beams are a unbelievable feet.

    It is a true test, standing thru time.

  5. McKraken
    June 14th, 2016 at 11:54 | #5

    We bought a 1912 house last year in Oakland, CA. The front porch and a few other details are almost identical to the Bandon but it’s obviously a different house. The porch design and layout of the front 4 rooms is almost identical. One major difference is all bedrooms are upstairs (1.5 stories). Our bath is through the kitchen. The roof shape is also different. It slopes down the sides and is flat in front but still has the same attic window. The “dining porch” has a hexagon shape bulging out with three large windows, one on each face. It almost seems like this was a precursor or inspiration for the Bandon. The triangle-shaped roof eave supports are identical.

    I’m trying to get some info on this house and who built it. It’s the oldest one on our block by 20-30 years.

    I have some questions about what we would name certain architectural details, such as the column style and the names of the plant holders on either side of the front stairs to the porch. Can you let me know?

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