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583 Comments

  1. Mark

    Hi Colbee,

    What block do you live on?

  2. Susan Langenhennig

    Hi Rose,

    I am the home and garden editor for The Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans.

    I’ve read your blog with interest, and was curious about Sears Kit homes in Louisiana.

    Do you know of any that still exist. I’d love to do a story, featuring your book and talking about the Sears Kit homes here.

    Susan Langenhennig

  3. randy.kistler

    I own a Colchester….or I’ve seen it called Lewiston. But its in really good shape.

    I’d love to submit a picture to Rose, but I can’t seem to find her email address.

    Any help?

  4. Andrew Mutch

    Randy – If you are on Facebook, you can join the “Sears Homes” group and post your photos there.

    The Colchester was the brick version of the Lewiston. Otherwise, they’re the same model.

  5. Kelly Wiles

    Hi Rose,

    I am an architectural historian contracted by Morris County, New Jersey, to update their historic resources survey.

    We are adding some new properties to the list, one of which is a Sears house in Chatham, New Jersey.

    It is the Hathaway, constructed, we think, between 1931 and 1935.

    I was wondering if you had any more information on this style or Sears Houses in general in New Jersey.
    Thanks!

  6. Sears Homes

    Hi Kelly.

    Send me a photo and I can help you out.

    As to New Jersey, there was a massive mill at Port Newark, so I’m sure that there are many Sears Homes in that area.

  7. Kelly Wiles

    How do I go about sending a photo? Could I have an email address? @Sears Homes

  8. Leigh

    I’m so excited!! I have been eyeballing a house for years in the town I’m from and it went up for sale last month, so I put an offer on it.

    I didn’t know why I liked it so much, but during a conversation about it, someone mentioned that it was probably a Sears kit house.

    I had no clue what that meant, so I’ve been reading, and I believe it may be a Vallonia built in 1928 in northern Ohio.

    When we originally went through the house, I had no knowledge of kit houses, so I didn’t know what to look for. It’ll be a month or so before we close, and I can find out what I have.

  9. Janie

    @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??

  10. susan piala

    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.

  11. JJOD

    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.

  12. Rick Schneblin

    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

  13. Rachel Shoemaker

    @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.

  14. Dale Wolicki

    @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.

  15. JJOD

    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?

  16. mcf

    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.

  17. Andrew Mutch

    @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.

  18. mcf

    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

  19. Andrew Mutch

    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?

  20. carey turman

    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.

  21. mcf

    @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.

  22. JaneB

    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.

  23. Allison

    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

  24. Allison

    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

  25. Jodi Hoyt

    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.

  26. Sears Homes

    Hi Jodi,

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

    Rose

  27. amanda

    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!

  28. Pat burton

    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?
    Thanks,

    Pat Burton

  29. Eric

    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. http://www.searshomes.org/index.php/2013/01/28/the-crescent-for-folks-who-like-a-touch-of-individuality/ Additionally we still have both the storm windows and screens that came with the house. Would you like photos etc?

  30. Elizabeth Ware

    Hello,
    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

  31. Eric

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

  32. Danielle Nicole

    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.

  33. Rachel Shoemaker

    @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.

  34. Danielle Nicole

    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 😉

  35. Rachel Shoemaker

    @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

  36. Bill Knapp

    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.

  37. Carmen

    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!

  38. Carmen

    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!

    Janet

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

  39. Andrew Mutch

    @Bill Knapp
    Bill,

    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:

    http://www.kithousehunters.com/

  40. Andrew Mutch

    @Dan
    Looks like a Luston house.

  41. jack Reddington

    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.

  42. Al Snyder

    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.

  43. Kathy Marrone

    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.

  44. Deborah

    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!

  45. Kathy Jeffers

    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

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