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  1. Janie
    September 13th, 2014 at 23:08 | #1

    @KMS

    Hi stumbled across your post and I believe I may own this home now. Would love to chat with you.

    Please email me if you are still interested in chatting about this historical home. I believe it as constructed in 1920 by the Hulse family??

  2. susan piala
    September 19th, 2014 at 14:33 | #2

    I’m so excited to find this website. We bought an Alladin about 2 years ago.

    It was in excellent condition and just needed updating. The home was built in 1918 and was built way out in the country of Elkhorn Wisconsin.

    It still is country out there and we discovered that the nearest neighbor is the grandson of the Orley, the man who had the Alladin built so we have quite a bit of history regarding the house and the property it sits on.

    Apparently Orley was rich for those days and his home was the first in the rural area to have electricity.

  3. JJOD
    September 21st, 2014 at 11:13 | #3

    I came across your website by accident. i was struck by the photo of you in your playpen.

    I restore old photos and am always struck when i see a discolored picture. I downloaded it and color corrected it. i also removed a few of the most glaring stains and spots.

    I would be happy to email it to you if you can give me an address.

    It’s free. No hidden strings - just a better looking image the next time somebody happens on your web site. Otherwise I’ll just delete the image.

  4. September 22nd, 2014 at 21:39 | #4

    Hi, I have been trying for a long time to nail down the architectural style of my 1916 Bungalow in Southern California.

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/609951/Photos/house.jpg

    The closest I have gotten is the Mayflower design…
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/609951/Photos/Sears%20Kit%20Home-Mayflower2.jpg

    But features are not quite right, and none of the interior beams have markings to denote a kit home of any kind. Can someone kindly chime in and give me some input?

    Thanks in advance

  5. September 23rd, 2014 at 13:20 | #5

    @Rick Schneblin

    Rick,

    That is likely a pattern book, plan book, home. There are several patterns like that! People often think they are kit homes.

  6. Dale Wolicki
    September 23rd, 2014 at 23:39 | #6

    @Rick Schneblin
    I think this is a “Pacific Home”, a LosAngelous manufacturer of pre-cut homes from 1920 to 1940.

    While Rose and I were out in California we saw a number of homes similar to yours, but the porch with the ornamental chevron was a popular Pacific Homes detail.

    Look at the framing lumber or on the hidden part of original cabinets or drawers to see if there are any stenciled or hand-written stamps.

    I’ll look through my collection of Pacific Homes and see if I can find a match.

  7. JJOD
    September 29th, 2014 at 19:20 | #7

    Rose,

    I sent the corrected picture last week. I haven’t heard back from you.

    Did you get it or did it go in your “spam” file?

  8. Linda Freeman
    October 4th, 2014 at 11:12 | #8

    Hi Rose - My husband and I attended your talk on 9/25/14 and think we’ve located The Osborn in Laurel, a once rural area of north Henrico County.

    Here is a website about the area:
    http://www.laurelgallery.net/history.html. This website shows a picture of the house:
    http://www.instantstreetview.com/2f21vxz1xag06z1upzqez2u.

  9. mcf
    October 8th, 2014 at 19:03 | #9

    Hello:

    I have just recently been researching my 1928 home in Beverly Hills, MI only to come across this site.

    I have been in what I believe is a Clyde for the last 15 years.

    My house is one among probably 15-20 Clydes on my block which I would think to be rare to have so many in a small cluster. Some are difficult to recognize but the majority remain close to original.

    It is definitely a labor of love but would not trade it for anything, maybe a Sears though.

  10. Andrew Mutch
    October 10th, 2014 at 23:33 | #10

    @mcf

    Where in Beverly Hills are these homes located? I haven’t heard of any kits in Beverly Hills but wouldn’t be surprised as there are a number of kit houses in Southfield and Birmingham. If you don’t mind sharing a street name, I can take a look.

  11. mcf
    October 11th, 2014 at 20:21 | #11

    Hi,

    These homes are located between 16301-16231 Kirkshire Ave. and the other half are directly behind them on Birwood as the backyards bump up next to each other. The addresses for Birwood are 16305-16231.

    @Andrew Mutch

  12. Andrew Mutch
    October 13th, 2014 at 19:47 | #12

    Thanks. I checked those out and I don’t think they are Clydes. It’s possible that those are from another kit home company or were just the same plan done over and over by the same builder. Do you have any other history on the homes?

  13. carey turman
    October 15th, 2014 at 15:12 | #13

    I was reading the information on the Alladin homes in Roanoke Rapids.

    The Grey Panoma next to Railroad Tracks is for sale. (Foreclosure) I looked at it. Very well built.

  14. mcf
    October 15th, 2014 at 19:12 | #14

    @Andrew Mutch

    Thanks for checking. I was told recently that these were Sears home and the Clyde closely resembles them but I do see some differences. Besides researching online, I really have not dug deeper but I’m sure there’s a story to be told. I need to get to the library or with city records to see what I can find.

  15. JaneB
    October 15th, 2014 at 21:17 | #15

    We own The Garfield and live in Southeastern Connecticut.

    It’s a one-family now and we’d be interested in hearing from anyone who owns this or a similar style Sears house and has done some renovating/updating, especially of the kitchen.

  16. Allison
    October 23rd, 2014 at 20:09 | #16

    Would anyone be able to confirm if the home in 3211 Griffin Ve Richmond Va 23222 is a Sears kit home? Incidentally, i think many other homes on that street are!

    Hi Allison,

    That’s a gorgeous house you have, but I’m sorry to report that I do not recognize it as a Sears House.

    Rose Thornton
    http://www.searshomes.org

  17. Allison
    October 23rd, 2014 at 20:11 | #17

    3211 Griffin Ave Richmond Va 23222. It can be seen on google maps. It’s a bungalow with a teal door.

    Rose’s Reply:

    Hi Allison,

    That’s a gorgeous house you have, but I’m sorry to report that I do not recognize it as a Sears House.

    Rose Thornton
    http://www.searshomes.org

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