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The Sears Maggy in Canton, Ohio: Looking Better Than Ever!

June 7th, 2012 Sears Homes 5 comments

In 2002, I was invited to participate in filming one of the first episodes of History Detectives (PBS). In 2002, I traveled to Ohio for the show, and on the first day of filming, we visited this Sears Magnolia in Canton. I took several photos while we were there, and more recently, I scanned the old 35mm slides and posted them here.

More recently, my dear friend Janet Hess LaMonica traveled to Canton (her hometown) and managed to get some wonderful new photos for me!

I’m happy to say, the Maggy in Canton is looking absolutely beautiful!

To learn more about the Magnolia, click here.

Is the house featured in “The Notebook” a Sears Magnolia? Absolooterly NOT. Read about that here.

To read an old interview with a 94-year-old man who helped build a Sears Magnolia 90+ years ago, click here.

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Sears Magnolia, as seen in the 1921 catalog.

Sears Magnolia, as seen in the 1921 catalog.

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The Magnolia was a fine house!

The Magnolia was a spacious house!

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The Sears Magnolia up close and personal.

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The beautiful Sears Magnolia in Canton, Ohio, looking pretty as a post-card! (Photo is copyright 2012 Janet Hess LaMonica and can not be used or reproduced without written permission.)

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Everything about this house is absolutely beautiful! (Photo is copyright 2012 Janet Hess LaMonica and can not be used or reproduced without written permission.)

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This Sears Magnolia was Sears grandest and most spacious kit homes. There are Sears Magnolias in Benson, NC, Irwin, PA, South Bend, IN, Piedmont, AL and Syracuse, NY. There was a Magnolia in Nebraska but it burned down years ago. (Photo is copyright 2012 Janet Hess LaMonica and can not be used or reproduced without written permission.)

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Comparison

What a pretty match!

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Of every link I’ve ever posted, this is my favorite Sears Magnolia story.

To learn more, click here.

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I Painted My Kitchen Red. Ask Me a Question!

June 1st, 2011 Sears Homes 3 comments

Since March 2007, I have lived in a beautiful old house with a beige kitchen. The walls were beige, the cabinets were beige, the floors were dark beige and the ceiling was “Bacon Grease Beige.”  We had a whole lot of beige going on. When we decided to sell the house, we decided to clean up the kitchen and make it shine. We patched a few old cracks along the way, and then we painted the whole room from ceiling to baseboard.

Never in my life have I seen three gallons of paint (ceiling, walls and cabinets) make such a difference. As my friend said, “Now you have a high end kitchen to match the rest of your high end house.”

Pictures are below.

BTW, the asking price is $299,900. It’s a beautiful old house on a beautiful lot in a beautiful area.

Ready for the tour? Enjoy the photos below!

Click on links to read parts one, two and three of this story.

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The look of the new kitchen (new paint) is just dazzling. Had I known how beautiful it would turn out, I would have done this years ago!

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My favorite feature of the kitchen is the large windows over the sink.

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The gas stove was installed less than a month ago. Still shiny new!

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The cabinets have been painted bright white. Lots of work!

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And I'll miss this massive refrigerator with an ice and water dispenser.

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A view from the doorway.

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The long end of the kitchen has a fish in a fry pan that we bought at the Stockely Gardens Art Show in 2009. It's always been one of my favorite items, and now it matches the kitchen! Fishie does not convey. :)

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That's one happy fish!

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Wayne, after being permitted entry into the kitchen. Teddy is hoping Wayne is going to drop some food.

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The house at 3916 Gosnold Avenue.

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Classic lines and high-quality workmanship make this a timeless beauty.

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The living room is awash in light with a western and eastern and southern exposure. The living room is 25 feet long and 13 feet wide.

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The spacious dining room has four windows (six feet tall!) and has beautiful oak floors.

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Visitors to our home frequently comment on the beautiful foyer.

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Original french doors to the living room and dining room are still in place.

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A view from the staircase.

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Another view of the foyer.

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The house is also a gardener's delight, with provisions to collect and store more than 200 gallons of rain water.

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Your own private farm awaits: Tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, zucchini, strawberries, carrots and lettuce will be ready for harvest in about 30 days.

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And they all live together in peace - in a fully enclosed living space - safe from racoons and squirrels.

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And the world's most perfect strawberry, from my garden.

And flowers, too!

And a flower garden, too!

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Carrerra marble under radiator and toilet complement the hex flooring. Work was done in Spring 2010.

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Bathroom was restored to its original 1920s appearance.

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This 1930s vintage thermostat works beautifully, controlling a 2011 high efficiency gas boiler.

New-old stock from eBay. Vintage doorbell installed in 2008, and it has a beautiful chime!

It's the little things that make an old house a special home. Vintage doorbell installed in 2008, and it has a beautiful chime!

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Front entry foyer is 11 feet wide and 25 feet long.

Its done!

Spacious sunporch has built-in bookcases that are 9-feet tall.

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Little house (address is 3916-1/2) has a floored attic, vintage windows and slate roof.

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Another view of the little house.

uniquely large yard for Colonial Place

Private, off-street parking and a uniquely large yard for Colonial Place make 3916 Gosnold Avenue a quiet oasis amidst a sea of classic old houses.

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View from the street.

Sideyard summertime view

Sideyard summertime view.

And I saved the best for last: The Perfect Pergola

And I saved the best for last: The Perfect Pergola. The design came from a 1924 architectural magazine. Note hipped roof with slate shingles.

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Another view of the pergola. Dog does not convey.

To schedule an appointment, leave a comment below or contact the Realtor.

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Sears Magnolia: Not!

January 30th, 2011 Sears Homes No comments

The Sears Magnolia was the biggest, fanciest and prettiest home that Sears offered during their 32 years in the kit home business. According to legend, there were only a few Magnolias built in the country, and heretofore, only six have been found (Benson, NC., South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana). The sixth was in Nebraska, and has since been torn down.

Everyone loves Sears kit homes. People are enchanted and intrigued by the idea that you could order a kit home out of a mail-order catalog and have it shipped (via train) to your building site. These were true kits, arriving in 12,000-piece kits (including a 75-page instruction book). Sears promised that a man of average abilities could have one assembled in 90 days.

But there’s another reason we love these homes: They’re beautiful. They’re well-designed and thoughtfully arranged, with nice profiles and proportions and lines.

Recently I was driving through a 1990s neighborhood and spotted this house. (I’m surprised no one has contacted me to report that this is a Sears Magnolia!)   In my humble opinion, this is not an attractive home. It lacks those those proportions and lines and depth that make a house remarkable. It is, to be blunt, flat and uninspiring.

Modern house in modern area

Modern house in modern area

Below is the real deal. A Sears Magnolia in Benson, NC.

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Sears Magnolia in Canton, Ohio

Sears Magnolia in Canton, Ohio

Original catalog image from 1922 Sears Modern Homes catalog

Original catalog image from 1922 Sears Modern Homes catalog

To read more about the Sears Magnolia, click here.

To read more about Sears Homes, click here.

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North Carolina’s Prettiest House: The Sears Magnolia

January 18th, 2011 Sears Homes 3 comments

Thanks to a FOSH (Friend of Sears Homes), I found the 5th known Sears Magnolia in the country. In March 2010, “Joy” sent me a link last week to a news story on a Sears Home in Benson, NC (just outside of Raleigh).  When I clicked on the link, I had no idea the show would be featuring a Sears Magnolia - the Creme de la creme of Sears Homes!

As soon as possible, I left my house in Norfolk, Virginia to make the drive to Benson. Soon, I was parked in front of the Sears Magnolia, staring at her with majestic glee.

The happy owners of the Magnolia allowed me to tour the inside of the house, where I found proof that it was indeed a Sears Magnolia (as if there were any doubt). Click on this link to read more about that.

This was the second Magnolia that I’ve been inside. The first was in Canton, Ohio. In 2002, PBS’s History Detectives did a segment on Sears Homes, and invited me to be part of the program.  After hours of filming, I took a nap inside the house, and that was one of the happiest naps of my life!

There are also Sears Magnolias in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Alabama.

Below is the Sears Magnolia in North Carolina.

To read more about the Sears Homes in Raleigh, click here.

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Original catalog image from 1922 Sears Modern Homes catalog

Original catalog image from 1922 Sears Modern Homes catalog

Right after WW1 (The Great War) ended, prices went sky high. Sears couldnt keep up with the volatility in the cost of building materials, so they started inserting price sheets into their catalog. This shows the profound reduction in cost, in the late 1920s.

Right after WW1 ended, (also known as "The Great War"), prices went sky high. Sears couldn't keep up with the volatility in the cost of building materials, so they started inserting price sheets into their catalog. This shows the profound reduction in cost, in the 1921 Sears Modern Homes catalog. Post-war hyperinflation is not uncommon.