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The Houses That Sears Built

by Rosemary Thornton

$29.50 (plus $5 S/H) = $34.50

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Finding The Houses That Sears Built

Limited Quantities! - Order NOW!

Now selling for more than $200 at some online sites, this price of $44.95 is a limited time offer, sold from the author’s own stock. Each book is personally autographed.

$44.95 (plus $5.00 S&H)

This book is a field guide to Sears’ 60 Most Popular designs.



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!

  1. Gemma
    August 31st, 2017 at 15:39 | #1

    I’ve tried to get the Wardway book, but PayPal insists I donate to hurricane relief.

    Are you completely out of the Wardway book, hence the reason for the diversion?

  2. August 31st, 2017 at 20:11 | #2


    I have lots and lots of Wardway books. I don’t know what to think about your issues with Paypal.

    That’s very disconcerting.

    And disheartening.

  3. Gemma
    September 2nd, 2017 at 15:32 | #3

    I also ordered the California Kit homes book, but never received an email acknowledgement. Did you receive it?

  4. September 2nd, 2017 at 21:50 | #4


    Your book went out in yesterday’s mail. You should have it soon!

  5. Myra or Ron Chapoton
    September 22nd, 2017 at 13:22 | #5

    Rose, I received my book “Finding the House that Sears Built,” along with this book was a new copy of “The Houses that Sears Built”. What should I do with the unordered book?

    Please let me hear from you.

  6. November 10th, 2017 at 16:38 | #6

    Hi Rose - Rumor has it that this home is a Wardway Home. Any insights?

  7. November 10th, 2017 at 16:41 | #7

    Hi Rose - I just bought this house and the local rumor is that this home is a 1920s Montgomery Ward home.

    Have been reviewing books without success, but thought maybe I’m missing a connection?

    Any ideas for me? I’d buy more books, historic plans and design ideas if I could just figure out what it is.

  8. November 13th, 2017 at 12:58 | #8

    It’s JH Daverman & Son, No 58
    Here’s another one for comparison.

  9. Gemma
    November 15th, 2017 at 12:07 | #9

    @Rachel J Shoemaker

    I’ve never heard of JH Daverman & Son. Would it be possible for either you or our dear Rosie to develop a blog entry listing the kit home manufacturers? A plan book list wouldn’t hurt, either.

  10. Donna
    November 26th, 2017 at 16:13 | #10

    I am trying to order your Wardway book, and the PayPal link seems to be broken. I successfully placed an order for ‘The Houses That Sears Built’ and another order for ‘Finding the Houses That Sears Built’. Please advise!

  11. November 26th, 2017 at 23:32 | #11

    Hello, I would like to speak to Rosemary Thornton… about the history on Sears…

    Please e mail.



  12. Evie
    February 3rd, 2018 at 18:46 | #12

    Hello, Do any of your books include catalog images of the Elmwood?

  13. ML Moore
    March 9th, 2018 at 01:50 | #13

    Hi Rosemary,

    I know of a Sears 190 it is the one with the polygon bay on the first floor and second floors.

    You say you have only ever seen one before, well I think you should come to Ohio and see this one.

    I might even be able to arrange a visit to see it up close and inside.

    There are quite a number of ‘kit homes’ in and around the area.

    I hope you are finding your way on a brighter path - my thoughts and prayers are with you and Teddy.

  14. Kendra
    June 24th, 2018 at 08:40 | #14

    My father’s home was built by Jim Walter Homes, Inc.

    If you are interested in a picture, let me know. It needs updating, so you have to excuse the view.

  15. mary ann a campbell
    June 24th, 2018 at 22:06 | #15

    Hi Rosemary, I love your website. I have just ordered two of your books but am not sure PayPal did it correctly.

    I ordered Finding…. and California’s Kit Houses. If it comes in as two orders, it should be a single order.

    Many thanks!
    Mary Ann

  16. June 25th, 2018 at 13:57 | #16

    Hi Mary Ann!

    I got it, and will send out the books today! :D

  17. August 25th, 2018 at 12:15 | #17

    Hi, the plant in the photo from Kinston near all the Aladdin homes originally was the power plant for Kinston, not a mill but Glen Raven Cotton Mill was near by. My father in law worked and retired there with the city.

  18. September 12th, 2018 at 14:10 | #18

    Dear Ms. Thornton:

    I listened to the episode of “99% Invisible” in which you discussed your long interest in Sears kit houses and your many books.

    I’m writing as an acquisition editor at the University of Georgia Press to ask if you are working on any new book-length works which might be a good match for my Press.

    Likewise, if you have out-of-print books which you think might have a continued audience, I’d enjoy discussing publishing possibilities with you. Many thanks for considering my request.

    Patrick Allen
    Acquisitions Editor
    The University of Georgia Press

  19. James Allan Brady
    September 18th, 2018 at 12:15 | #19

    I would like to order all 4 homes books, but was wondering if there was a link where I could pay for all 4 together and combine shipping costs as well?

  20. October 4th, 2018 at 23:26 | #20

    I spent 3 hours reading your blog posts about Sears Homes. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and knowledge about those homes. May God bless you and grant your wish of healing. I also dealt with almost similar trauma. I found healing thru forgiving myself.

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