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The crème de la crème of Sears Homes: The Magnolia

April 30th, 2012 Sears Homes No comments

There are only seven known Sears Magnolias in the country. Judging by the emails I receive, you’d think there are seven Magnolias in every city in America, but that’s not quite right.

I’m always hopeful to find the eighth Magnolia, and I do suspect it’s out there. Until the discovery of the seventh Magnolia in Syracuse, it was generally regarded that there were only six Magnolias built!

The Magnolia was offered from 1918-1922, and it really was a grand house, with 2,900 square feet, two full baths, and two fireplaces.

The Sears Magnolia, as seen in the 1921 catalog.

The Sears Magnolia, as seen in the 1921 catalog.

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My favorite Sears Magnolia in Benson, NC.

My favorite Sears Magnolia in Benson, NC.

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Sears Magnolia in Canton, Ohio.

Sears Magnolia in Canton, Ohio.

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*The seventh Magnolia - in Syracuse, NY

The “seventh” Magnolia - in Syracuse, NY

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A Brick Magnolia in Irwin, PA.

A Brick Magnolia in Irwin, PA.

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Vintage photo

Vintage photo of the Magnolia in Benson, NC (about 1940).

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And the last one is in Piedmont, Alabama.

And the last one is in Piedmont, Alabama. There was another Magnolia in Nebraska, but it was torn down many years ago.

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The Magnolia was a fine house with the finest accoutrements.

The plumbing fixtures in the Magnolia were the finest that Sears offered (1921).

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This old photo shows the original bathtub found in a Sears Magnolia.

This old photo shows the original bathtub found in a Sears Magnolia.

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Pretty cool, huh?  (1921 catalog)

Pretty cool, huh? (1921 catalog)

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If you look at the Maggy Tub above, youll see it sits in the area outlined in red.

If you look at the Maggy Tub above, you'll see it sits in the area outlined in red - window and all! The niche area is formed by the placement of the chimney chase.

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And the sink is still there, too!

And the sink is still there, too!

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The Sears Magnolia was a fine, fine home. This photo shows detail on the Columns on the Sears Magnolia in Piedmont.

The Sears Magnolia was a fine, fine home. This photo shows detail on the columns on the Piedmont Magnolia.

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To learn more about the Sears Magnolia, click here.

To learn about the interior of the Sears Magnolia, click here.

Sweet Home Alabama!

September 11th, 2010 Sears Homes 6 comments

Heretofore, there are only six known Magnolias in the country. Six. And there’s one in Alabama!

What is a Sears Home? These were kit homes, sold from the Sears Roebuck catalog from 1908-1940. The houses arrived by train, in 12,000-piece kits.  (And you thought putting together a VCR stand was tough!).  Each house came with detailed blueprints and a 75-page instruction book. Sears promised that a “man of average abilities” could have the house finished within 90 days! Sears offered 370 designs, but the Sears Magnolia was by far, the biggest.

What a beauty this is! It’s a Sears Magnolia (Sears biggest and best house) in Piedmont, Alabama! (See pictures below.)

It is a Sweet Home in Alabama!! And if you’ve seen any other Magnolias in your town, please send me a photo!

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To read about the Sears Homes in Atlanta, Georgia, click here.

Sears Magnolia in Alabama

Sears Magnolia in Alabama

Close up of Corinthian columns on Sears Magnolia in Alabama

Close up of Corinthian columns on Sears Magnolia in Alabama

Sears Magnolia in Alabama

Sears Magnolia in Alabama. Notice how the dormer on this house is different from the catalog picture (below) and from the other Sears Magnolias (see links above).

Sears Magnolia from the 1921 Sears Modern Homes catalog

Sears Magnolia from the 1921 Sears Modern Homes catalog