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Warning: Not For the Faint of Heart!

Dale and Rebecca found Sears Modern Home #174 while out tooling around in Iowa City a few weeks ago.

I have nothing more to add.

I’ll let the pictures tell the sad story.

But I warn you - do NOT scroll down unless you have a strong stomach! Graphic images to follow!

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Modern Home #124 looks a lot bigger than it is.

Modern Home #174 was a rare house. I've never seen one in real life.

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In fact, its a mere 18 feet wide.

Not very big, either. In fact, it's a mere 18 feet wide.

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Upstairs, you can see what a small house this is.

Upstairs, you can see what a small house this is.

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Looks promising, doesnt it?

Looks promising, doesn't it?

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Yeah.

Oh my. Oh me, oh my. If I knew how to embed music, I'd have the music from the shower scene in "Psycho" inserted here. This house has suffered a gruesome, wretched demise, far worse than any horror flick. Photo is copyright 2014 Dale Wolicki and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.

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At least when Buster Keaton did something similiar to a kit house, it was funny.

At least when Buster Keaton did something similiar to a kit house, it was funny.

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To learn more about Buster Keaton’s short “One Week,” click here.

To see a blog on America’s 14 Ugliest Houses (which features a Sears Kit home originally featured on my site), click here.

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  1. Dale Wolicki
    August 14th, 2014 at 22:05 | #1

    Aww geeez, I was kinda proud we found this little guy way back off the main road.

  2. August 14th, 2014 at 22:23 | #2

    I’m VERY impressed that y’all found this house, but you gotta admit, it looks a little sad! Poor house!

  3. Dale Wolicki
    August 15th, 2014 at 21:31 | #3

    You got a better picture of a real #184?

  4. August 15th, 2014 at 23:40 | #4

    I don’t think I have any pictures of a #184. :(

  5. Dale Wolicki
    August 16th, 2014 at 22:09 | #5

    You ever seen a #184?

  6. August 16th, 2014 at 23:03 | #6

    I’m too lazy to get up and find my books, but I don’t recall having ever seen a #184!

  7. Dale Wolicki
    August 20th, 2014 at 18:26 | #7

    WooHoo!

    Clueless Rookie: One!

    Professional Sears House Historian: Zero!!!!!!

  8. August 21st, 2014 at 12:18 | #8

    Well, I’ve never seen a #184 either.

    I would LOVE to see one. I can’t even find a catalog image of one and it’s not in HBM :(

  9. Autumn
    September 13th, 2014 at 10:59 | #9

    Wow is that a small house to have been split in half, holy Toledo!

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