Readers’ Comments


  1. James P. Cook

    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?

  2. gerald lee champine ll

    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!

  3. Shawn D.

    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):


  4. Rebecca G.

    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!)


  5. cynthia curry

    My father’s family built a Sears home in Pittsburgh pa. It is still standing today.

    My father is 84 and lives in Delaware now. He had many memories of the house

  6. jeanniebrown

    I’d like to track down the Sears kit home [which was still standing and in its original shape when I visited it 15 years ago] in Webster City, Iowa.

    The original owners were Judge Ole Henderson and his wife, who were the great uncle and great aunt of my late husband.

    We visited there 15 years ago, and my husband was able to locate the house from memory.

    We then were introduced to the present owner, a teacher at the local high school, and she was kind enough to leave her classroom and show us through the house.

    It looked almost exactly the same as my husband remembered it from his childhood (back in the 1930s).

    Anybody with any help for me, I’d love to hear from you.

  7. Andrew Moore

    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

  8. LuAnn

    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?


  9. Julie

    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.


  10. Mark

    Look along the 900 block of Elm Street.

  11. Jack Thyfault

    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!

  12. Lee Ann

    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

  13. Elisabeth

    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!

  14. Peter Katz

    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

  15. Glenda Duke

    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?

  16. Eric Schoenfeld

    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!



  17. Bonnie Andrachek

    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.

  18. Andrew Mutch

    @Eric Schoenfeld What year was your Verona built?

  19. Zu brown

    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.

  20. Jeff Record

    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

  21. Mike Giordano

    Hi Rose, I have a Mitchell in Columbia, Kentucky.

  22. Jimmy Shepard

    We purchased a Sears Collington in1996 in Indian Head,Maryland.

    Very well built and economical.

    It is one of three in Indian Head.

  23. Deirdre

    Dear Rose,

    My husband and I just purchased the Magnolia in South Bend, IN.

    I want to thank you for your website because it helped us better understand the history of the house and how beautiful it will look when it’s restored.

    You have so many inspirational pictures! Thanks for keeping the history alive.


  24. Mid America Mom

    Hi Rose! Wanted to connect on a few fronts.

    1. I love your site. I found you while researching our American foursquare for a remodel. It is not a kit and not sure what plan book it came out of but this site is still quite helpful and I am grateful for it!

    2. This is our first foursquare and I find it to be a very livable home except for the small bedrooms. The home has 4 beds and a bath upstairs.

    3. I see you mentioned awhile back about the Katrina Cottages. I stumbled on them the other day and noticed that architect had made a splash at the 2010 int’l builders show with her “home for the new economy” –!new-economy-home/c1s90 .

    Looking at it I had to laugh! It really is a foursquare (with a first floor master).

  25. Mr r

    I didn’t know if you were aware of this, but if my memory serves, sears also sold plantation designs for coffee growers in Columbia.

    There is a documentary I could dig up that notes this in passing and has extensive video of the property. Including a small church!

  26. Suzanne


    My family purchased the renovated Ivanhoe on Webster St in Needham, MA and would love to speak to you about it, and let you see it if you are in the area.

    There is another Sears home around the corner at 833 Great Plain Avenue that has been very well cared for by it’s occupants. We are so excited to see our home on your blog!

    Sue Bandanza

  27. michelle

    Hello I stumbled across your website when doing more research on Sears Roebuck homes.

    Recently I went to Montana (Clyde Park) and in the middle of nowhere, meaning the Crazy Mountains there were 2 Sears homes (looks like old farm homes).

    I’ve never heard of anything like this before and its very interesting to me. I snapped some pictures (not many) if you are interested in seeing.

  28. Theresa Edwards


    Could you please help me? My husband and I bought what we were told was a Sears Kit Home 14 years ago, and now we have it on the market.

    I’ve posted some pics on Sears Modern Homes’ facebook page, but people are responding that they’re not sure if it’s a Sears.

    I’ve been doing some research, and based on wood stamps, it could be a Pacific Ready Cut Kit Home. However, we live in Poughkeepsie, NY, not on the West Coast.

    Here is a link to our home’s listing:

    I also have a pic of the stamp on the wood in the basement and two pics from 1929 that I could send you.

    I’d really like to know if it’s Sears or Pacific or other or neither.

    Thanks very much!


  29. Susan

    Hello Rose, I am interested to know if there are any Sears Homes in St. Louis area. I am part of a local Historical Society and am looking for a speaker to come talk about these homes.

  30. Chester Arnold

    My parents had one of the Chelsea 111 houses when they moved into town after I went into the Marines.

    It is located in Bedford Pa, with its sister house in reverse setting next door. The two were built by a brother and sister , and had a connecting breezeway across between the two.

    Though my parents have passed on, the two houses still stand and are in great condition!

    Have a great day.

  31. Susan Martin

    We wanted to let you know that we have a Sears “Van Jean” (reverse floorplan with the sunroom) in Montross, VA.

    We understand that there is at least one other Sears house in this town, but we don’t know which model it is. If you are interested, I can send you photos. It’s a lovely home, soon to be on the market!

  32. Kara

    I sure do enjoy this blog and the facebook page.

    Thank you!

  33. Dawn Forrester Smith

    Hi Rose,

    We have a house in Henderson NY that was supposed to be one of the original Sears Homes. It was built by Melbourne Kilby of Chicago in 1893.

    The materials were shipped from a Sears lumber yard in Michigan by boat to Henderson Harbor and brought up the hill to the building site.

    There seems to be records and newspaper articles that give credence to this claim.

    Can you help us with verification?

    We would like to get funding to save this grand old lady. Thank you.

    Dawn Forrester Smith

  34. Michael Reynolds

    Thank you a thousand times for your website. I have always loved Jim Walter Homes.

    When I first moved to Nashville there was a showroom lot with about 5 Jim Walter Homes built on it and I would go by once or twice a year and just wander through the models which were in different stages of completion.

    I would grab brochures and take them home and pour over the simple designs. 6 Years ago I bought a little house just outside of Nashville, but only last year did a neighbor casually mention that it was a Jim Walter Home built in 1969.

    I found your site and found the floorplan. The CONCORD. I had seen other Jim Walter homes around our little town, but had not recognized my own as a JWH because the cheap metal windows (Always the tell tale sign) had been replaced and the original siding had been covered over with vinyl siding.

    I have since removed the vinyl siding and although the original siding is not in the best of shape, with a good coat of paint and 10 paces it looks great!!! My only regret is that I wish I had found all this out before I remodeled my kitchen.

    I would love to have returned the kitchen to it’s original layout as shown in the floorplan on your sight. Thank you again.

    There is very little out there about the floorplans of these little homes and your site has proven invaluable to this JWH lover (and now owner)!!!!

  35. Sears Homes

    Thanks so much, Michael.

    I wish more folks would leave comments like yours! It really makes my day! So glad to hear you enjoyed the site and the information on Jim Walter Homes.

  36. Patti McCambridge

    Your website is wonderful. Would you be interested in making a presentation in Chesapeake about Sears homes?

    It’s a topic that is near and dear to a great number of people and would be very popular.

  37. Holly Hilpert

    Hi Rosemary,I need to get out to McQueeny and take a few photos of some of the houses there.

    A couple look like they might be Sears and another one is from Garlinghouse.

    I was looking at my book on Pacific Ready Cut houses,and it mentioned the San Antonia Portland Cement Company. The name is actually San Antonio portland for the city of the same name.

    In the area of Alamo Heights there used to be Cementville. This was where the workers of the San Antonio Portland Cement Co. lived and worked. The area is all now the Alamo Quarry Marketplace and the Lincoln Heights Shopping center.

    I did find out by accident that Pacific Ready Cut supplied homes to the company,but they have all disappeared.

    The place even had its own school,and the Missionary Servants of St. Anthony who were founded in San Antonio in the 1920s did home mission work amongst the mainly hispanic employees. The nuns are still around though part of their mission has changed.

  38. Charisse

    Hi Rosemary – My husband and I were recently contacted by one of our homes previous owners who informed us that our 1936 home was a Sears Kit Home.

    After doing some preliminary research I have been able to identify the model of the orginal kit house. We would love to show you some pictures and hear your thoughts.

    We live on Long Island. Please let me know the best way to reach you. Many thanks!


  39. American Kit Homes

    @Pat burton


    That’s a beautiful house!

  40. Brett Ries

    Proud (new) owner of a 1910 Sears Chelsea model in Royal Oak, Michigan! Would love to share some photos to add to your page of that model :-))

  41. Kathy Fuller

    Hopewell VA non-Sears question! Dear Rose, my husband and I have just purchased one of the NON-Rochelles you so-correctly railed against in your third Hopewell VA post.

    We are rehabbing 102 Crescent, which you pictured (brick and white, which we now call “Fauxchelle.”)

    We are going to try to stay true to the original, which has been much-done-unto, and resell.

    Quick Question: do you have any idea whose kit-house it might be, if not a Sears?

    I did not see anything in Aladdin catalog that looked similar. I am a historian by trade, so I know about wanting to identify things correctly! thank you for any advice! Kathy

  42. Adrian Lewis-McCloskey

    My husband and I just moved into a home in July.

    I have always had a love of old buildings. I started to notice the interesting features of the house and decided to see if I could figure it out.

    I wonder if my home is a Van Dorn. Hard to say, there have been so many makeshift home improvements. Any place I can look for markings have been painted over.

    However what makes me believe the house is not a Van Dorn is the lumber markings of Nickey and Long-Bell Can you help?

  43. Rachel Shoemaker

    @Adrian Lewis-McCloskey
    Adrian, can you join Rose’s Sears Homes Group on facebook? I think I can help you out. But, I need more info.

    Long-Bell was a lumber company. Not sure what Nickey is, maybe that particular lumber yard owner.

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