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


    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.

    The closest I have gotten is the Mayflower design…

    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


    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


    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: This website shows a picture of the house:

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


    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


    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


    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

  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

  18. Jodi Hoyt
    October 27th, 2014 at 01:23 | #18

    Hello Rose

    As you can see, I am also a Hoyt. I was born and raised in North Dakota. I am part of a huge family of aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins.

    Following my divorce, I legally changed my name back to my maiden name of Hoyt. My daughter was doing a school project and we came across your website. I wanted to send you a hello. I hope to hear back from you.

  19. October 27th, 2014 at 07:28 | #19

    Hi Jodi,

    Thanks for the comment! I’ve sent you an email. Hope to hear back from you!


  20. amanda
    November 2nd, 2014 at 11:22 | #20

    This website is exciting. I’m assuming my house is a sears kit home but I haven’t been able to find it if so.

    Could you take a look? 908 W Washington, champaign, IL 61821. I know there are still pictures up on Zillow from purchase.

    We definitely have the numbers on lumber in the basement. Thank you!

  21. Pat burton
    November 4th, 2014 at 09:05 | #21

    Rose, I have found a row of Rodessa homes in Fairport Harbor, Ohio.

    I’ve taken some photos on my drive by and wanted to send them to you.

    We found them quite by accident while we were out house hunting for a new home.( too bad one of them wasn’t for sale).

    Anyway, I no longer have your E-mail address and would love to e-mail the photos to you. Would it be possible for you to send it to me?

    Pat Burton

  22. Eric
    November 10th, 2014 at 10:30 | #22

    My fiance and I just purchased a 1929 Crescent with a C3259A downstairs floor plan based on everything I’ve been able to find(mainly on your website). We are still trying to figure out the upstairs because it looks like a modified version of the one listed in your article. Additionally we still have both the storm windows and screens that came with the house. Would you like photos etc?

  23. Elizabeth Ware
    November 10th, 2014 at 11:29 | #23

    I’m a Realtor in Danville, VA. I think I have a house listed that is a Magnolia plan. I can send pictures. Thanks!
    Elizabeth Ware

  24. Eric
    November 10th, 2014 at 12:49 | #24

    We also still have the original garage that came with the house.

  25. Danielle Nicole
    November 18th, 2014 at 11:45 | #25

    Hi! I love this post but I have one request. I live in the Americus model you found in Tulsa.

    You know, the pretty green and yellow. It has since been repainted and I despised that color.

    If you’ll contact me by email, I would be more than happy to supply updated pics of what a beautiful kit home is supposed to look like.

  26. Danielle Nicole
    November 18th, 2014 at 13:55 | #26

    Here is what she looks like now! I forgot I had a photobucket account!

  27. November 19th, 2014 at 18:16 | #27

    @Danielle Nicole
    Hi, that was me that found the Americus in Tulsa. I live here :)

    I didn’t realize it had sold! I thought Cheryl was moving but didn’t know it was a done deal.

    I will be by soon to update my photos. If you see a little red car out front and a woman taking photos that is likely me! I’ll knock on your door if you want.

  28. Danielle Nicole
    November 20th, 2014 at 08:46 | #28

    Ok cool! And actually Cheryl still owns the home. She is a long time friend!

    If you stop by on a Tuesday, Friday, or Saturday I’ll be happy to meet you.

    Pretty please don’t knock on any other day, I work from home and my dogs are loud ;-)

  29. November 20th, 2014 at 13:13 | #29

    @Danielle Nicole
    I understand. My dogs are loud too, huh Rosemary? :)

    I work from home, researching on most days. I prefer the quiet as well.

    I’m glad that evergreen in the front corner is gone! I used to drive by occasionally when in the area to see if I could get a better photo and hoping it was gone. LOL

  30. Dan
    November 23rd, 2014 at 07:46 | #30

    You should check out a house at 638 Welty Ave in Rockford IL. I used to live near it - it is a kit house made of enamel metal, I believe. Google maps:,-89.0569978,3a,75y,264.04h,88t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s-3EKOYDrPfOddnrPJoeEXA!2e0!6m1!1e1

  31. Bill Knapp
    December 7th, 2014 at 21:25 | #31

    My daughters house in north Royal Oak looks like a Sears Brookwood but the floor plan is flipped 180 degrees.

    The front door is on the right side of the house while the Brookwood plan shows in on the left (when looking from the street).

    Could this be a Sears Kit House or a “knock-off” that looks like the Brookwood?

    The floor plan looks identical but flipped also. I think city records shows it was built about 1930 which is about the right age.

  32. Carmen
    December 17th, 2014 at 04:44 | #32

    Hi friends, I have a bit of a mystery on my hands and I need your help!

    I recently purchased a home that I believe to be a Jim Walter home, early model - year 1954. It is located in Kentucky.

    Do any of you kind readers have experience with a Walters home from this time period and if so, what were the key identifying features?

    This home is not well insulated, so we will be getting under the house soon to look around,etc.

    Does anyone know if there is anything (stamping, distinctive marks,etc) I should be looking for that will identify this home as a Walters home?

    Thanks everyone!

  33. Carmen
    December 17th, 2014 at 05:26 | #33

    Janet Stanley :
    We bought a piece of property with a Jim Walter kit house that was built in 1952 or 53 on it (in Tampa Florida).

    I saw on your home page that you were interested. I was searching on line for any old floor plans or ad material that might match our house.

    Did you ever find anything? Please email me any info, if it is not too much trouble.

    I would be happy to send you a picture of the house as it is today.

    Also - I like your site with the Sears houses!


    Hey Janet, let me know what you’ve found out! I believe I have a 1954 Jim Walters, Lets compare notes!

  34. Andrew Mutch
    December 17th, 2014 at 16:11 | #34

    @Bill Knapp

    Is this the house on Judson? If so, I heard about it at a recent presentation I did on kit homes in Berkley. Touch base with me here and I’ll follow-up:

  35. Andrew Mutch
    December 17th, 2014 at 16:13 | #35

    Looks like a Luston house.

  36. jack Reddington
    December 27th, 2014 at 13:57 | #36

    My son now owns the house I grew up in, built in 1909 per Auditor, and my parents were the 2nd owners.

    My dad thought it was a Sears home but maybe if I could send an e mail w/ the photo someone might recognize it.

  37. Al Snyder
    January 3rd, 2015 at 12:58 | #37

    I purchased your booklet Sears Homes in Illinois and find my house is a Makota.

    I would like to know if I can get a digital copy of the page depicting my house so I can have it framed.

    I discovered my house was a Sears home when we replaced the plaster with drywall and added insulation.

    There were shipping tags stapled on several studs showing Sears As the shipper.

  38. Kathy Marrone
    January 6th, 2015 at 00:31 | #38

    Hello, I live in what I believe to be an Avalon model house in Arlington, Va.

    When I purchaesd the home, the realtor or the seller had a catalogue page not just with the ad for the house itself but a page with the tri-mirrored bedroom closets and some other interior options.

    I have been unable to find that page for several years.

    Do you have any suggestion on finding that ? I also have the original dining and living room light fixtures, modified somewhat.

  39. Andrew Mutch
    January 7th, 2015 at 10:02 | #39

    @Kathy Marrone

    There are several of the Sears catalogs online. You can find links to them from the Wikipedia page on Sears homes here:

    If you can’t find what you need, let us know!

  40. Deborah
    January 11th, 2015 at 11:45 | #40

    I own an American Foursquare that I use as a rental.

    There is an odd feature that I have always wondered about. In the Upstairs hall closet there is a bumpout that looks like someone covered over either a bookshelf or something the size of a fireplace.

    It is about 5 feet high and spans about 4-5 feet, but does not go all the way across the closet.

    Tapping on the plaster, it sounds like a hollow space. I was wondering if it could have been a big gravity heat grate that someone covered up, but I don’t know why it would have been that big?

    The stairs to the attic are behind the wall and the closet is directly above the foyer, so I don’t think old fireplace is an option. Any ideas? Maybe between the next set of tenants I will tear it out to see what it is!

  41. Kathy Jeffers
    January 15th, 2015 at 00:40 | #41

    Hello Rose,

    I have been told by two people that my house is a Sears Modern Home. It looks at first glance exactly like the Ridgeland, model 13302, but at secon glance, a little different.

    Floor plan was altered–rooms are in different locations, stairway to second floor moved to back right corner, dormer window was added to upstairs bedroom, and I have no window to right of the front door.

    There are no shutters on any of the windows. That cute part of the roof where the front door is, is further to the right, as is the door.

    I looked carefully in the basement at the beams and joists and there are no code #’s or stamped #’s anywhere on them.

    The bathtub is original, but has no SR on it

    I can send you photos of it if you like.

    Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.

    Kathy Jeffers

  42. January 15th, 2015 at 16:56 | #42

    @Kathy Marrone

    The Sears Avalon was offered 1920-1926. If you go to you will find Sears Modern Homes catalog uploaded there.

    The Avalon can be seen here on page 47:

  43. January 21st, 2015 at 12:08 | #43

    I purchased a Sears home erected in 1918. The model I believe is the Maywood.

    However, my home is an A-frame with curved dormers and an enclosed porch.

    Also, the home has a kitchenette with what was once a coal bin below off the kitchen.

    I am only the fourth owner of this wonderful home. Can anyone help with what colors the rooms would have been painted or wallpapered in this era?

  44. Sandra
    January 26th, 2015 at 22:27 | #44

    I am looking for help with identifying this house:

    Records say that it was build in 1903, but local historical society lady said that this is a Sears house, so it can’t be older than 1908.

    Any ideas about what model this might be?

    Thanks in advance!

  45. gerald lee champine ll
    January 31st, 2015 at 11:59 | #46

    I own a house in Kanorado, Kansas, 101 Front Street. I found a board off a door frame that has a stamp that reads. Gordon Van Tine Co.

    I guess i would like to find out if my home is a Gordon Van Tine Home or if just the lumber came from the company.

    Please send info to 101 Front Street Kanorado, Kansas 67741.

    Thanks for your help!

  46. Shawn D.
    February 2nd, 2015 at 22:10 | #47

    I ran across this site when I did a bit of research on a local house and figured I’d add one to the roster if Y’all don’t already know of it. The historical marker says it was build around 1910 “… using a Sears Roebuck house pattern…,” but not being an enthusiast of this genre, I don’t know enough to identify the model.

    The address is 112 Cumming Street, Alpharetta, GA 30004.

    Some pictures I took today (no more coming, as I don’t want to intrude on private property):


  47. Rebecca G.
    February 9th, 2015 at 14:18 | #48

    Hi Rose,

    I am an art appraiser and I have a client with a pair of Sears shutters that were painted by the artist Alexander Calder in 1973.

    I was wondering if you could help me find some more information about this collaboration.

    I’m not sure if it was related to a Sears home kit, but I figured you would be a good person to ask!

    Looking forward to connecting with you! (I also sent you a tweet!)


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