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  1. Tabby
    January 11th, 2017 at 00:19 | #1

    We recently purchased a home that I believe is a Martha Washington, that still has a lot of the original hardware and woodwork. We have a few repairs that we need to make (lead in toplight is caving, door knob needs to be replaced, etc) and I’d like to keep it as authentic as possible. Is there any resource that you know of for purchasing Sears salvage parts?
    If you’re curious, here’s the listing! http://www.trghome.com/listing.asp?id=1657&utm_source=ListingURLs&utm_medium=ListingURLs&utm_campaign=ListingURLs

  2. January 11th, 2017 at 11:42 | #2

    @Tabby
    WOW! It’s beautiful!

  3. Anne L
    January 21st, 2017 at 12:40 | #3

    Hi Rose, My mom grew up in this house in Northside, Pittsburgh, PA.

    We were able to tour it in 2009, and were pleased to find it had been left in much of its original condition. It has only had about 4 owners in 100+ years.

    My grandfather and his brother-in-law built it in 1912.

    The owners who showed it to us thought it was a Sears 111. It just sold so there are some pictures of it here: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3475-Simen-Ave-Pittsburgh-PA-15212/11604052_zpid/

    What do you think?

  4. Karla Etten
    January 23rd, 2017 at 20:55 | #4

    Greetings,

    My family home in Tenleytown NW Washington DC may be a Sears home, but not sure.

    Wondered if someone could look up 4226 Ellicott St NW Washington DC 20016 and let me know. If so I would love to find the original plans or ad!
    Thanks!

    Karla

  5. Amy
    January 25th, 2017 at 11:24 | #5

    Hi — I have a Sears Newbury in Oradell, New Jersey. I’ve reached out before… Just wondering if you want to add my house to the website or an official register of Sears homes, or whatever else. I can send photos of the interior and exterior, as it was when we moved in (basically untouched since it was built… we bought from the original family that lived here) and also after some renovations. We’ve kept the house pretty true to its original form, but had to redo the kitchen and bathroom. Let me know…

  6. Sharon Dunbar Mare’
    January 25th, 2017 at 13:55 | #6

    Just letting you know if you don’t already that there is a Sears kit house on Hwy 441 in McIntosh FL

  7. January 26th, 2017 at 12:29 | #7

    @Karla Etten
    Hi Karla,
    I looked at an old real estate listing. This house is not a Sears house.

  8. January 26th, 2017 at 12:32 | #8

    @Amy
    Hi Amy,
    You can send photos and address to searshomes@yahoo.com and I’ll make sure it is taken care of.

  9. Anthony Maratea
    January 31st, 2017 at 19:51 | #9

    Hi there - this is a long shot. I am looking for the source of an image Rose posted on the Wardway Homes site back in 2011. http://smg.photobucket.com/user/rosethornil/media/Wardway_Website_Pics/Camp_HarrisPg51.jpg.html
    It appears to be one page of either a Harris Brothers catalog or a two page advertising spread. I am currently researching this specific model (Known as Design No. 6, Model 6-a, J-6, L-2013, and K-2013) and looking for living examples of it. I was able to track some down with the names and towns on the given page, and I believe there are names on the other page as well. I am interested in this model because I recently moved into one, and I’m curious to see how others look compared to my own.

    Thank you,

    Anthony

  10. February 4th, 2017 at 13:39 | #10

    @Anthony Maratea
    Hi Anthony, I can help you with that. I have several examples of the Harris J-6/Wardway 140. I believe they are posted in the Sears group. http://www.facebook.com/groups/searsmodernhomes/ and here http://www.facebook.com/searsmodernhomes/

  11. Valerie Singer
    February 11th, 2017 at 13:58 | #11

    We live in an Oak Park, which we renovated in 1999 and kept as much of the interior and exterior preserved as possible. We are the third owner; the original family comes by on a fairly frequent basis and drops off pictures, information about the original home and tours it. We even get holiday cards addressed not to us, but to the house!

    Now that my kids are grown, I’m tired of the hall bathroom (relatively unchanged from the original) and want to update it. Has anyone done any updating of Honor-Bilt bathrooms that keep the original charm of the house but are more updated/functional than the current sink-tub-toilet-blah configuration that we currently have? I intend to pull the tub and install a shower.

    Happy to post photos of the house from the original owners and currently as well.

    Valerie

  12. Anthony Maratea
    February 12th, 2017 at 22:35 | #12

    @Rachel J Shoemaker

    Thank you Rachel, I was able to find the opposite page that I was looking for on the group’s page.

  13. Danny
    February 13th, 2017 at 17:23 | #13

    I noticed the street sign from the corner of North Augusta Street and Belmont Avenue here in Greenville, SC.

    There used to be a large house at 1930 Augusta Street that appeared to be one of the kit homes.

    I remember seeing it in an article about the house kits. It was used as offices for Equipment Leasing Corporation at the time i was in it several times.

    My grandfather worked there in the 70s and 80’s. The company was bought out and moved, and the house unfortunately was demolished around 1987.

    It was a beautiful massive two story white Colonial. The rooms were huge and the woodwork was very detailed.

    It had fireplaces in about every room, even on the second floor, and most of the original plumbing fixtures were still in use.

  14. Theresa Thimm
    March 8th, 2017 at 16:52 | #14

    Hi Rose. I was reading through some of your archives and I was wondering if you’d be interested in seeing any pictures of my house.

    It is the Walton although I cannot prove it with a shipping invoice, the details called out in the Catalog match my house pretty much to a T.

    I am located in Lacon IL. It was built in 1927 and I am the third owner. It was not sold to me as a Sears house but through some research I identified it.

    Just from reading through your blogs it looks like there might be multiple Sears houses in my neighborhood (all different).

    Let me know if you’re interested.
    Thanks!

  15. Joan Stephens
    March 11th, 2017 at 00:05 | #15

    I enjoyed reading your article and seeing the photos of the Sears “Verona” home on Sears Blvd. in Wildwood (Grayslake) Illinois. I grew up in that home with my parents and 4 siblings from 1965 to 1977. My dad was David W. Baumann, pastor of the original Presbyterian church that was built out of the old Sears estate barn on the same property. It was a wonderful house and we had a lot of great memories growing up there. The small bay window in the second story (above the front entry) was a favorite spot - we had one wall that was full of bookshelves and books and a window seat looking out the bay window. We knew it was a Sears Catalogue house, but didn’t realize how many of them were around the area. We had also heard rumors that there is another Sears Catalogue home at the bottom of Gages Lake - - the story we heard growing up was that they were moving one of the houses during the winter and were taking it over the ice and it broke through and sunk. I don’t know when that may have been or if it is true, but always thought it was an interesting tale. Thanks! Joan Baumann Stephens

  16. Elizabeth Wallace
    March 13th, 2017 at 13:57 | #16

    You should come to Crisfield, MD. I believe 3/4 of the homes down here are kit homes, including mine. I’m trying my best to find out where the plans came from.

  17. Stephanie Rose
    March 19th, 2017 at 12:31 | #17

    Hello Rose,

    I am currently rehabbing a 1920 bungalow in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

    Some of the interior and exterior wood trim pieces we’ve removed for repairs or alterations show grease pencil markings leading me to suspect a kit home.

    Also, there were two lumber mills close by in the neighborhood at that time.

    Given that the town was small and the builder was well-known, it seems unlikely that a local mill would have labeled the pieces with the part name as well as the builder’s name and city/state.

    If you are interested, I could send photos of the markings and the house.

    Partly because of the red gum trim and also because of our western location, and also because we haven’t noted stamped parts numbers that seem to be more common with bigger manufacturers, I wondered about Pacific Ready-Cut homes.

    Any feedback would be appreciated.

  18. Janice Leiw
    March 23rd, 2017 at 22:46 | #18

    Hi Rose,
    If you ever come to Columbia, SC, you should visit the neighborhood of Melrose Heights.

    You can find Sears Craftsman homes all throughout the neighborhood.

    I once looked through a copy of the 1923 Sears Craftsman catalog and can identify nearly all the models as being somewhere in Melrose Heights.

  19. Susan Conner
    March 24th, 2017 at 10:55 | #19

    We owned a Sears home, ca. 1925, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. 218 E. Wisconsin Street.

    The woodwork was lovely including crown moldings and a staircase.

    Plus the windows that were over built-in bookcases next to the fireplace featured beveled glass.

  20. Jane Darling
    April 14th, 2017 at 11:53 | #20

    Dear Rosemary, I am a designer that is currently working on a local historic home which I am told is a Sears Home.

    I have not seen the plan or elevation of this type in any of the literature on catalogue homes.

    I’m hoping you can help me out. I can provide you with a picture of it, but I do not see how I could do that at this portal. Could you give me a contact address whereby I could send a photo.

    It is a very distinctive style that I am certain you would recognize.

    I’m hoping to possibly procure floor plans for this home. Thank you in advance. Sincerely, Jane Darling, Saline, Michigan

  21. denise e long
    April 27th, 2017 at 08:28 | #21

    Hi Rose,

    Can I send you 2 or 3 pics of what I believe is a Sunbeam Sears home? Where..how?

  22. April 27th, 2017 at 11:25 | #22

    Yes, please send a photo to pennimanva@gmail.com. It’s my new email! :D

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