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The Martha Washington: Honor Bilt

October 27th, 2010 Sears Homes No comments

Before I had my own websites, I didn’t realize that you can track the ways that people are led to your website. For instance, today several people came to this site with the search terms “Martha Washington Sears House.”  These things come in waves. Last week, the hot term was “Sears Vallonia.”

I’m hoping those people will come back and read this blog, because before this, I didn’t have much posted on the Sears Honor Bilt home, “The Martha Washington.” This blog is fun follow-up to my eight books, but the fact is, writing and posting pictures is a little time intensive!

Plus, I have more than 30,000 photos. It might take me a little time to get all those photos posted here! And the fact is, I’m adding to those photos all the time!

Let’s talk about the Martha Washington. It’s a beautiful and grand home, a classic Dutch Colonial and is one of my favorite Sears Homes. A little trivia: The Martha Washington has the same floor plan as the Sears Alhamba. The lone difference is the Martha Washington does not have that box window on the front.

Enjoy the photos!

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The Martha Washington from the 1921 catalog

The Martha Washington from the 1921 catalog

This floor plan matches the floor plan for the Sears Alhambra

This floor plan matches the floor plan for the Sears Alhambra

Close-up of the Martha Washington

Close-up of the Martha Washington

Sears Martha Washington in Bedford, Virginia

Sears Martha Washington in Bedford, Virginia

Sears Martha Washington in Lombard, IL

Sears Martha Washington in Lombard, IL. Notice the original wooden storm windows!

Have You Seen This House (Or These People)?

August 5th, 2010 Sears Homes No comments

Identifying Sears Homes would be a lot easier if they retained their original appearance. Unfortunately, most of these homes are 80 and 90 years old, and have endured countless generations of substitute siding salesmen, bad weather, the occasional fire, economical rehabs, expensive rehabs and other unfortunate events.

Below is a picture of a Sears Home (#106) that I purchased on Ebay. I paid $3 for this photo, which was a swinging deal for me. However, I’m sure that only three people in America would have known that this was a picture of a newly built Sears Home. (That’d be me, Rebecca Hunter and Dale Wolicki.) It’s since become a cherished photograph and I’m sure this little family was tickled pink to have their little kit home finished.

If you know where this house is, or if you know the people pictured herein, please drop me a line? The photograph was sent to me from an ebay seller in Ohio, so it’s possible that this is where the photo came from.

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Happy family in front of their Sears Modern Home #105

Happy family in front of their Sears Modern Home #106

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From the 1910 Sears Modern Homes catalog, heres model #105

From the 1910 Sears Modern Homes catalog, here's model #106