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Have You Seen This Kit Schoolhouse?

January 22nd, 2013 Sears Homes 1 comment

The very first Sears “Modern Homes” catalog (1908) offered a kit schoolhouse. One year later (1909), the schoolhouse had already disappeared and was never offered again.

For reasons I can not fathom, they named this first (and only) schoolhouse, “Schoolhouse Number 5008.” (What happened to Schoolhouses #1 - #5007?)

I’ve  searched long and hard hoping to find a real-life example of Schoolhouse Number 5008 but heretofore, I’ve come up empty.

Were any of these $11,500, 11,000-square-feet schoolhouses ever built? I’d love to know.

Do you have one in your community?

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The very first Sears Modern Homes catalog was issued in 1908, and within its pages, Schoolhouse Number 5008 was offered for $11,800.

The very first Sears Modern Homes catalog was issued in 1908, and within its pages, Schoolhouse Number 5008 was offered for $11,500. That's about one dollar per square foot.

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This floorplan is amazing. I love it.

This floorplan is amazing. Brings back memories of the school I attended in the 1960s.

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Check out the library. Its a mere seven feet. wide.

Check out the library. It's a mere seven feet wide and 18' long. In the late 1800s, many American children learned to read at home using only the Holy Bible and the Sears Roebuck catalog (as those were the only two books in the house). Perhaps in 1908, a library with a single bookcase up against one 18' wall was considered plenty. Today, this really seems like a very tiny room for a "library."

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Floorplan bath

My favorite part is the "Future toilets." I can just hear a kid saying, "I have to go to the bathroom," and some curmudgeonly old teacher screeching back, "In the future, Sonny!"

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The second  floor

The only administrative offices were the Superintendent's Office which was 24' by 12'.

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See seee seee here

Pretty distinctive structure.

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house house

In 2003, I gave a lecture in some Midwestern town and a woman said, "I've seen that schoolhouse! I have SEEN THAT Schoolhouse!" After I'd extracted an address from her, I wrote it down and the next day, I made the two-hour trek to see it. When I arrived at the school building she'd referenced, I found a one-story structure with a gabled roof and no dormers. Oh yeah, a "perfect" match. This building has so many unique features, but some people have trouble seeing them.

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Dormers

Details matter. These dormers are quite distinctive.

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And the entrance also has several unique features!

And the entrance also has several unique features!

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In 1909, Sears issued their first specialty catalog, devoted to school supplies.

In 1909, Sears issued their first specialty catalog, devoted to school supplies. Shown here is a school catalog from the early 1920s.

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Have you seen Schoolhouse #5008? Please leave a comment below. Or better yet, send me a photo!

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The Schoolhouse, by Sears Roebuck

July 30th, 2011 Sears Homes No comments

Bit by bit, I’ve been donating my vintage catalogs and ephemera from Sears Roebuck to Old Dominion University. In the process of digging through many, many boxes of old specialty catalogs, I discovered this 1926 Sears and Roebuck catalog titled, School Furniture and Supplies.

My 57-year-old husband browsed through the yellowed pages and said, “I remember those desks.” He grew up attending school in a small town in West Virginia. Apparently, they didn’t replace functional items like schoolhouses and schoolhouse equipment as fast as we did here in Hampton Roads.

Recently we returned to West Virginia to visit his family and while there, we were treated to a tour of this old one-room schoolhouse in Arbovale, West Virginia. The small building is currently being restored by Wayne Gillespie (of Arbovale). It’s a beautiful little building!

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One-room schoolhouse in Arbovale, WV. When built in the early 1900s, this building probably contained many items from the Sears Schoolhouse catalog!

One-room schoolhouse in Arbovale, WV. When built in the early 1900s, this building probably contained many items from the Sears Schoolhouse catalog!

How many schoolchildren gazed out these windows, pining for the end of the day and longing to go play in these mountains!

How many schoolchildren gazed out these windows, pining for the end of the day and longing to go play in these mountains!

An old tablet found in the walls records teh last day of school

An old tablet found in the walls records the last day of school.

Sears Schoolhouse specialty catalog

Sears Schoolhouse specialty catalog from 1926.

Sears desks

Sears desks

Sears Recitation Desks. Somehow, just hearing the word recitation brings back the wearing nothing but undies to school and being asked to take a pop quiz nightmare.

Sears Recitation Desks. Somehow, just hearing the word "recitation" brings back the "wearing nothing but undies to school and being asked to take a pop quiz" nightmare.

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Nice oak chairs for the teachers.

And nice maps

And nice water coolers, too.

And nice maps of our 48 states.

And nice maps of our 48 states.

And of course, a school bell.

And of course, a school bell.

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