From 1948-1951, Sears sold prefabricated houses known as Homart Homes. These small houses were shipped by truck (not train) and arrived in sections measuring 4′ by 8′ to 8′ by 8′. Fasteners were included with these diminutive homes, and the houses were bolted together at the site. They were very modest homes with very simple lines and shallow roofs. Most were 600-850 square feet.
Based on some educated guessing from reading old catalogs, fewer than 3,000 Homart Homes were built.
And now I need a little help from my friends. The 1949 Homart Homes catalog lists several addresses where Homart Homes were built. I’d love to have photos of these houses to publish at this site. I’d be so grateful if someone could get me a photo of these houses. When photographing houses, remember to remain on a public right-of-way (street or public sidewalk) when shooting your photos.
The addresses (as found in the 1949 Homart Homes catalog) are:
Albert C. Helm, 615 North 10th Street, Monmouth, Illinois.
R. W. Countryman, 614 E. Avenue, Nevada, Iowa.
Dale Keeth, 495 Melmore Street, Tifflin, Ohio
Lawrence Clemen, 1845 University Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa
Harold Snell, 426 4th Street, LaSalle, Illinois
Clarence Wyman, Cerro Gordo, Illinois
Richard J. Gilbert, Gox 565, New Glarus, Wisconsin
Jeffrey Hicks, Route 2, Box 479, Pekin, Illinois
Elmer Timm, 3238 Schlueter Road, Madison, Wisconsin
Pictures from the original Homart Homes catalog is below. The house you’re photographing should bear some slight resemblance to these modest homes below. Rarely, cities will re-number houses, so these addresses are not guaranteed to be Homart Homes, but it’s 99% likely that they are. Because these homes are so modest, they often undergo extensive remodeling.
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