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  1. March 6th, 2015 at 11:20 | #1

    Dear Rose- I sent an email to your hotmail account regarding my research into concrete block houses in the Sandhills of Western Nebraska. No favors requested, just a note with some details and pictures that might be of interest. Thank you, -andrew moore

  2. LuAnn
    March 17th, 2015 at 22:01 | #2

    Have two photos that you might be interested in. Two houses one block north of the Gazette Journal office. Saw them on my walk the other day.

    Where would you like for me to email them to you. I think they might be Kentuckian?


  3. March 18th, 2015 at 06:31 | #3

    Hi LuAnn,

    You can send the photos to me at

  4. Julie
    March 22nd, 2015 at 19:07 | #4

    Dear Rose,
    I have just successfully bid on a house in Pennsylvania that I know was built in 1921.

    I don’t know if it’s a Sears home, although it feels like it could be. I won’t take possession until the end of June, but wanted to do some checking to see if it’s a recognizable model.

    What is your advice for a very amateur admirer of Sears homes, who wants to determine by photos if she’s onto something even before she gets inside to check out markings on attic lumber, etc.


  5. Mark
    March 25th, 2015 at 08:58 | #5

    Look along the 900 block of Elm Street.

  6. April 3rd, 2015 at 08:18 | #6

    I am a real estate agent in Upstate NY and just listed a Sears Home on its own private island in Susquehanna River.

    Feel free to take a look at the pictures on our website. It has been lovingly maintained and such a cool location!

  7. Lee Ann
    April 7th, 2015 at 00:10 | #7

    Dear Ms. Thornton,

    I’m researching two Sears houses from 1918 that are in the “prairie style” — called the Aurora and the Carlton.

    I have two questions, if you don’t mind:
    - Have you ever seen either the Aurora or the Carlton in person? I checked the Sears archive website and they don’t list any in the “enthusiasts” section.

    - Do you know where I could locate a copy or a scan of the 1918 Sears Homes catalogue? I can find other years through the library but not 1918!

    Thank you so much for your help.

    Lee Ann

  8. Andrew Mutch
    April 7th, 2015 at 09:42 | #8

    Lee Ann - Lara Solonicke blogged about these houses here:

  9. Elisabeth
    April 20th, 2015 at 22:45 | #9

    Hi Rose,

    I wonder if you’ve ever looked for kit homes in Shorewood, WI? It’s a small suburb, just 1.5 miles by 1.5 miles, densely built, and almost all the homes were built between 1905 and 1940.

    There were two railroads (one of them ran up our alley, actually, until the land was sold for home development…our house was built as part of that in 1931).

    When I look through your photos, so many of them seem to be very “Shorewood.” Whitefish Bay, the suburb north of Shorewood, might also yield some gems.

    If you ever do look at Shorewood on Google maps, feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to take photos for you. I love this stuff, photography is a hobby, and your blog is fascinating.

    Thanks for the fun reading!

  10. Peter Katz
    April 26th, 2015 at 08:05 | #10

    Hi Rose,

    I found your website while looking for more info about my 1927 Sears house. Now I know it is a Cornell. We are located in Locust Valley NY.

    The history we were told was that it came in to the local train station, was trucked down to the build site, and was assembled by 1-2 people.

    Two notable modifications are the porch was enclosed and is a TV room. Also there is a vestibule on the side door which we use as the main entrance.

    When the bathroom was redone the timbers had “Sears” stamps. I am sending over some photos to your gmail.

    We are located close to Sagamore Hill and there are many other Sears homes in this area on the North Shore of Long Island. - Peter

  11. Glenda Duke
    April 29th, 2015 at 00:41 | #11

    My friend has a picture of a single story log house with hip roof.

    Everyone says the house was a kit log house.

    Do you know what companies made log kits house?

  12. Eric Schoenfeld
    April 30th, 2015 at 16:05 | #12

    Hi Rose and Everyone!

    I’ve tried to follow the identification guide to determine the model of my Sears house… but all the wood is very dark, so stencils have long since faded into invisibility.

    Can anyone identify it via these four images of the four sides?,odlQcnO,h6GSmMP,pJ6s2ao#0

    As you can see in the photos, one problem with 100 year old houses is lead paint.

    Nobody’s ever gone to the (insane) expense of hiring workers in HAZMAT suits to scrape it, so it’s all paint-on-paint, and is curling horribly. Yikes!



  13. April 30th, 2015 at 18:15 | #13

    Boy oh boy, Eric - that is one GORGEOUS Verona you’ve got there. If you click here, you can see some images of other Veronas:

  14. Bonnie Andrachek
    May 4th, 2015 at 23:05 | #14

    Hi I live in an old railroad town, Crewe, Virginia and while looking through these pictures recognize many of them in our town.

    Crewe Virginia was the first planned community in the country, founded in 1888 for the railroad but the town and residents started booming approximately 1910.

    If you’re ever in the area its a small town worth looking at through. I’ve really enjoyed learning so much about this time period.

  15. Andrew Mutch
    May 5th, 2015 at 13:18 | #15

    @Eric Schoenfeld What year was your Verona built?

  16. Zu brown
    May 14th, 2015 at 14:32 | #16

    Hi, have you ever looked in the Northside of Richmond for kit homes?

    There are a lot of homes built in the early 1920s, that I think may have some potential of being kit homes by the look of them.

  17. Jeff Record
    May 17th, 2015 at 21:37 | #17

    Dear Rose,

    Like many who must surely come here, I am related to Addie and to Anna.

    My Great Great Grandmother was a Hoyt, ( Mary Hoyt Wilcox daughter of Washington Hoyt and Mary Lawrence) and related not only to that fine family, but like Addie and Anna to the Cass and Nason lines as well making us “double cousins” if you will.

    I just wanted to thank-you for all you have done for Addie.

    If there is anything I can ever do to help, please don’t hesitate to ask.

    Very truly yours, your cousin,

    Jeffery Record

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