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  1. Sonia
    August 30th, 2017 at 10:53 | #1

    When reading about Teddy’s trip to the vet today, I couldn’t help but think of my little girl who has long since gone to The Bridge.

    She stayed right by my side when my husband passed away.

    Never more than arms’ length away, she was my emotional support and she knew that I was hurting. She was hurting too. When I didn’t sleep, she didn’t sleep. When I didn’t eat, she didn’t.

    She kissed my tears away. She got me through it all and Teddy will get you through it too.

    You will never “get over” this but time and puppy therapy will help. Sending hugs to you and Teddy.

  2. Joseph F De Stefano
    September 8th, 2017 at 10:21 | #2

    My Grandfather’s house, in which my mother was born in 1923 , is a Sears home.

    It’s located at 2503 Arthur Street, in McKeesport, PA 15132.

  3. Sarah Kennedy
    September 15th, 2017 at 12:13 | #3

    Good afternoon Rose, My husband and I recently bought the Alhambra located in Hampton, VA (76 Cherokee Road).

    I would love to find out more about the history of our house. Do you have any information?

  4. Jason Stiles
    September 18th, 2017 at 20:17 | #4

    Hi Rose! I absolutely LOVE this site. I have a been a huge fan of architecture and Sears homes for many years, so I have spent a great deal of time enjoying your wonderful site.

    I live just outside of Pittsburgh and I believe there is a Sears Alhambra for sale in Adamsburg, PA right now.

    It looks to me to be one, and I have been debating going to visit it just to find out! It’s a beautiful brick home and there are so many features that resemble Alhambra!

  5. CJ
    October 8th, 2017 at 12:14 | #5

    I think we have a Sears home.

    My wife’s grandfather purchased the lot and house in the 1930s and assembled it himself.

    I’m in the eastern shore area (Maryland) and I wanted to get some additional information on it but don’t know where to begin.

  6. Tom P.
    October 18th, 2017 at 14:18 | #6

    We are about to acquire a 1931 Vallonia that has been a bit modified. It is a 13049A with a finished attic to look like the “B”. We have blueprints in PDF form.

    I have confirmed that it is a Vallonia and Sears with specific markings on lumber and by the original mortgage.

    We would like to restore the front appearance of the house, but make the interior livable in the 21st century. We would also like to extend the upstairs in the back of the house.

    Can you refer us to a designer or architect who is experienced in the Vallonia?

    If not, are there resources for many different pictures? We are in eastern Massachusetts.

    Thank you!

  7. Marion Sirman
    October 26th, 2017 at 15:10 | #7

    We are pretty sure we once owned a Sears home in Florham Park, NJ. We read Karen DeJeet’s article in the Austin Texas Statesman today. After looking online and at old pictures from 70’s we think it may be The Milford Cape Cod. Sparked our interest!

  8. Marion Sirman
    October 26th, 2017 at 15:19 | #8

    We once lived in a home we think is a Sears home.

    After seeing Karen DeJeet’s article and looking online, it may be The Milford or similar. It is located At 115 Rockwood Rd, Florham Park, NJ.

  9. Dave Hackett
    October 30th, 2017 at 12:56 | #9

    We used to live in a 1908 vintage 105 modified. Lived there from 1975 thru 2002.

    It is located at 306 S Pine St, WASHINGTON, Illinois.

  10. Kristina E
    October 31st, 2017 at 22:39 | #10

    Hi Rose. My husband and I are in the process of buying a home and we were told it is a Sears home built in 1923.

    It wasn’t taken care of by the previous owners and my husband and I would like to restore it as much as possible to it’s former glory. 1st) how can we determine if it truly is a dress home? 2nd) assuming it is, where can we start looking for original designs and whatnot.

    I believe it is a Vallonia. The downstairs layout looks exact. However, the upstairs looks different.

    Because of this, I am unsure. We would really like to know for sure so anything you can offer would be wonderful. In the meantime, I will check out your books. Thanks in advance :-)

  11. Bob Barnett
    November 6th, 2017 at 08:42 | #11

    We have an Avalon at 3600 Anne, just 3 doors behind Crossroad Coffee (3600 Forest Hill).

    Have been in it since 1979. Built for the mistress of a Mr. Porter, a Richmond businessman and politician.

    We love it. Enclosed porch with large windows. Great place. Have extra lot for 4000 sq.ft. garden. Next to Reedy Creek which flows into Forest Hill Park. Great location.

  12. Karin Carney
    November 9th, 2017 at 00:13 | #12

    We are the owners of the Ivanhoe in Lagrange, Illinois.

    The current pictures were taken and posted by William Frymark without our knowledge or consent.

    We are very proud of our house and would love to share it but it we would have appreciated being asked.

    On that note, here is some background on the house.

    We are the second owners of the home-we bought it from the Heppe’s daughter in 2001. We completed the addition on it in 2002. We have the original sales receipt and blueprints. We found the original buffet in the basement and had it restored and put back in the dining room.

    If you would like any more information or photos I would be happy to supply them.

    Karin Carney

  13. November 9th, 2017 at 11:47 | #13

    @Karin Carney
    Hi Karen,

    You certainly have a beautiful house there!

    I’m quite certain that I asked Mr. Frymark to take those photos, so he did that as a kindness to me. Speaking as a former freelance photographer, it’s generally permissible to take photos of a structure, as long as you do not trespass on private land.

    Again, you have a beautiful house and I’m glad you appreciate its unique history.

  14. Pam Wolfe
    November 10th, 2017 at 12:32 | #14

    Is the Will Moore, Sears Avondale home in Georgetown, TX, open for tours?

  15. Johannus Franken
    November 11th, 2017 at 22:13 | #15

    Hello Rose,

    Your site is the first resource where I was able to find our Sears Simplex garage! I believe we have the Pakway model for two cars.

    We found Sears stencils on the inside of the siding during termite damage repair and a brass “Simplex” plaque when repainting.

    I can send pics of the garage, stencils and plaque, if you’d like. Thanks for maintaining a great resource.

  16. Emily Firebaugh
    November 19th, 2017 at 14:26 | #16

    There are two Sears Kit Houses still lived in as homes.

    They are located in Fredericktown, Missouri, 63645.

    My late grand-parents-in-law built one.

    They talked about the town gathering ar the train station to see it unloaded and followed the parts to the building lot.

  17. December 4th, 2017 at 13:41 | #17

    Hi Rose,

    I am a planner with the city of Galveston, Texas, currently working on a staff report for a Galveston city landmark Aladdin “Fairmont” kit home. I was wondering if you would be willing to contact me at dlunsford at Galvestontx dot gov - I have some questions about this particular model and the work Aladdin did in Hopewell, Virginia.

    Thanks, and thanks for all your work researching historic kit houses!

  18. sherlynka (sissy) Jones
    December 11th, 2017 at 00:37 | #18

    Have you ever found a Sears kit house that was never constructed?

    If so, how much did they want for it?>

    I’m hoping to find one for our family farm, which has been in one family for more than 200 years. Our old farmstead burned down about 27 years ago.

    Thank you
    Sherlynka Jones

  19. John Miller
    December 28th, 2017 at 13:44 | #19

    My great grandparents built a Sears home in about 1910, in the town of Dolgeville, NY…#12 Rundell St. to be exact.

    I have a photo of the house. Can you tell me or direct me where to go to find out which model it is?

  20. Mike Moore
    January 10th, 2018 at 21:39 | #20

    Hi Rose!

    I have purchased what I have been told is a Sears home in LaGrange Georgia. It is a craftsman that follows a lot of the styling cues in the vintage ads you have posted, but it doesn’t quite match up with floor plans. Also, I happened to notice another house on the other side of town that looked nearly identical. If I were to send you a picture of the house, any chance you could help identify the model #? Thanks for any help you can provide!

  21. Shellie Allen
    January 11th, 2018 at 13:39 | #21

    If I could have any house in the whole world I think I’d choose a Magnolia.

    They are just a dream come true. Thank you for creating this site.

  22. Sue
    January 16th, 2018 at 13:15 | #22

    I grew up in an Amsterdam.
    The address is 185 Shore Rd., Old Greenwich CT - google it!
    When my dad painted it he took the pillars down.
    Sue Henshaw

  23. Sue
    January 16th, 2018 at 13:34 | #23

    The new owner has made some changes (new windows, side porch) which is minimal considering that every other house in the neighborhood has been replaced by Mcmansions. They are on a waterside pensinsula leading to a town beach.

  24. Dave Horn
    January 18th, 2018 at 17:21 | #24

    Can reporters reprint a page from an OLDE Sears catalog showing the Homewood?

    It’s available online, but I’ve heard Sears has actually copyrighted all their catalogs? Seems unlikely.

    Thanks for any advice.

    Rose’s Reply:

    Dave, I’ve always contacted Sears to ask for specific permission to reprint images.

    That’s my non-legal answer.


  25. Alissa
    January 31st, 2018 at 13:11 | #25

    Hi Rose,

    I’m hoping this is a working email address for you. I’m a producer on a television series. I’m looking for photos of plaster with horsehair and I came across your website. Do you own the photos of horsehair plaster?

    If so, could you tell me the best way to reach you?


  26. February 1st, 2018 at 09:59 | #26

    Hi Alissa,

    I’ve sent you an email!


  27. Trena
    February 10th, 2018 at 08:39 | #27

    There’s a Magnolia in Hawkinsville, Georgia. It serves now as Clark Funeral Home.

    Their website has a clear front view. This was recently mentioned in a Facebook post, and your blog was linked. However, it seems no one has shared back to you.

    There are a few other Sears kit homes in Hawkinsville as well.

    Hope you are able to see it.

  28. February 10th, 2018 at 11:12 | #28

    Hi Trena,

    That is one beautiful house! However, it’s not a Sears kit home. I did write a blog about it, though!

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