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The Houses That Sears Built

by Rosemary Thornton

$19.95 (plus $5.00 S&H)

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Finding The Houses That Sears Built

by Rosemary Thornton

$34.95 (plus $5.00 S&H)

This book is a field guide to Sears’ 60 Most Popular designs.  If you can master these 60 designs, you’ll be able to identify about 90% of the Sears Homes!

Almost sold out, and there will not be another printing! Order yours today!





California’s Kit Homes

A Reprint of the 1925 Pacific Ready Cut Homes Catalog

OUT OF PRINT! While supplies last! $36.95  (plus $5 s/h).

This is an invaluable resource for anyone yearning to know more about the kit homes of the West Coast, and includes a 12-page introduction (Thornton and Wolicki) with detailed information on the history of Pacific  Ready Cut Homes. Your knowledge of America’s kit homes is not complete until you own this book!





Montgomery Ward’s Mail-Order Homes

NOW OUT OF PRINT! While supplies last! $35.95  (plus $5 s/h).

When these are sold out, that’s the end! This 347-page tome features hundreds of archival images, contrasted side-by-side with extant examples of Wardway Homes throughout the country. Do you know someone who loves old houses? This is the book for them!

    June 16th, 2011 at 16:16 | #1

    Rose, which book has the pictures of the sears homes in Clifton Forge, VA?

    June 16th, 2011 at 16:18 | #2

    i would like to know which book has the Clifton forge pictures and are the street addresses listed?? thanks.

  3. Shara Sullivan
    August 19th, 2011 at 10:10 | #3

    Does this book have the drawings of the Sears homes? We have a Craftsman and would like to find it in the original drawings with the floorplan and name, etc. You don’t have any info about what is in the book. Thanks.

  4. Anthony Zotto
    December 25th, 2011 at 14:57 | #4

    I have about a half dozen questions I would like to ask you about my foursquare in upstate NY. How can I email you photos? This house is pretty much original and it was the film location for Adrian Grenier’s second film titled The Adventures of Sebastien Cole.

  5. Robert Zeigler
    May 1st, 2012 at 20:19 | #5

    I have spent 30 years living in and converting a 980 square foot Hathaway to a 4500 square foot Hathaway!

  6. Stacy Drega
    May 8th, 2012 at 20:41 | #6

    I could not find any images of The Homewood. I currently live in a Homewood in Baltimore City, MD. There are tons of Sears homes in what used to be considered the suburbs, before the city boundary was expanded. Is this style home not as common as it is here? Just curious. P.S. I love the images on this website.

  7. May 8th, 2012 at 20:55 | #7

    Please send me a photo of your Homewood. :)

  8. Sally wall
    June 30th, 2012 at 10:21 | #8

    Hello, I think I grew up in a Homart beach cabin. It’s gone now, but I think I know where one still is in Florida.

    Ours was in Gulf Shores, Alabama. And there were several in Orange Beach, Alabama.

  9. wendy toney
    October 4th, 2012 at 18:37 | #9

    My mother is selling her house ( and I don’t want her to) and we were told years ago that her house is one of the original Sears homes. I will have to go up into the attic to see if there are any marks, I never paid attention. I wish I had seen a pic on here that looks like her house. Is there anywhere online that might have pics of all the homes?

  10. James Schnitzhofer
    May 15th, 2013 at 09:48 | #10

    Hello Rosemary:

    I am an engineer in Staunton and I have a lot of people tell me that there homes are Sears Kit Homes. I have photos and address of these projects I have worked on. Do you have an email address I can forward them to for you to verify and also keep for your records?

    I have a couple I would like to send now.



  11. May 19th, 2013 at 18:10 | #11

    Please do!

    Send them to me at

  12. Jeffrey Scott Starr
    July 10th, 2013 at 14:31 | #12

    Rosemary, I am having difficulty ordering your book, “FINDING THE HOUSES THAT SEARS BUILT”.

    Every time that I click on “Buy Now,” I am taken to the opening page of PayPal, and there is no billing for the book. Is it still possible to get a copy? If so, please advise how to order.

    Thank you,
    Scott Starr

  13. August 18th, 2013 at 12:02 | #13

    @wendy toney
    I’m told we have a Sears home. It was built in 1899. Was Sears even selling kits or building home back then? We live in Heyworth, IL

  14. Akon
    January 31st, 2014 at 09:28 | #14

    Hello, i would very much like to buy the book The Houses That Sears Built using my paypal account.

    As I live in Norway there’s an additional $20 shipping fee, but no where I can add this to the $24.95 (or is it $19.95, please clarify) the book costs.

    Any tips for how to solve this?

    Thank you
    Haakon G

  15. January 31st, 2014 at 11:25 | #15

    You might buy the book via Amazon. Do you have access to Amazon? On my last international sale, I collected $20 from the buyer and the US post office charged me $29 to ship the book! I can’t take any more sales like that!

  16. Akon
    February 16th, 2014 at 05:59 | #16

    I do have access and I will have a look. I understand the international shipping is costly and I want nothing more that to see you rightfully compensated for your authorship.

    Thank you for your reply!

  17. February 16th, 2014 at 13:05 | #17

    Thanks, Akon.

    Last time I shipped a book to Germany, the local Post Office hit me up for $30 shipping. I don’t know if it was a mistake or what, but I lost money on that deal.

    Pretty depressing.

  18. Barb Galbincea
    March 10th, 2014 at 12:49 | #18

    Hi, Rosemary —

    I’m a reporter working on a story about Sears homes in the Ohio communities of Bay Village, Westlake and North Olmstead. Are you available for an interview to share your expertise? If so, please let me know the best way to contact you.


  19. March 23rd, 2014 at 20:08 | #19

    We saw a Sears Kit house in Friendsville, TN.

    So much charm and still in very close to original condition.

    Considering buying this home, have several photos.

    Would you be able to let me know more about this home if I sent you the photos?

    Thanks, Terry

  20. mark cruciani
    July 24th, 2014 at 13:00 | #20

    I grew up in a Carlin Home, located a stamped floor joist in the basement and a packing slip on the back of a baseboard.

  21. Sharon O’Keefe
    August 8th, 2014 at 23:51 | #21

    I was amazed to find recently that there is a section of Sears homes built in Elyria, Ohio. ( Cambridge Ave. , Eastern Heights area)

    I went to M. B. Johnson School of Nursing at Elyria Hopsital and would take walks along the street and admire the homes.

    Little did I know at that time that I was experiencing an American treasure!

  22. Andrew Mutch
    August 9th, 2014 at 21:59 | #22

    Sharon - There’s more information about those homes on this web site:

  23. Eric
    August 11th, 2014 at 13:00 | #23

    Does anybody know the name of the model that is show on there concrete machinery catolog.

  24. August 12th, 2014 at 10:03 | #24

    If it’s the same concrete catalog I have, it’s not one of Sears patterns or kits. I’ve seen the covers of a few of those and it’s not a Sears kit home.

  25. Kevin
    November 6th, 2014 at 12:35 | #25

    If you get to Florida, come visit us in Titusville.
    We have many hidden gems.

    -Kevin Riley
    new Hazelton owner

  26. Young
    November 26th, 2014 at 11:52 | #26


    I’d like to buy several books. Do you offer combined shipping discounts?

  27. Young
    December 18th, 2014 at 02:35 | #27


    Sorry for asking the same question twice. I’d like to buy all 4 books listed above. Can I get a shipping discount?

  28. December 18th, 2014 at 06:30 | #28


    You asked about a shipping discount if you buy all four books?

    If you buy all four books, I will waive all shipping, and send them via priority
    (two-three day shipping).

    How’s that? :D

    You’ll need to send me a payment through paypal (rather than ordering through
    the website). Send a payment to (this account from which
    I’m sending an email).

    Total for all four books will be $127.80.

    Let me know!

    Rose Thornton

  29. Rose and Garry Bennett
    March 11th, 2015 at 22:33 | #29

    We are interested in getting ahold of blueprints for the Sears Magnolia house. Would you know where we might find them?

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