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All Things Alhambra

February 14th, 2011 Sears Homes 3 comments

The Sears Alhambra was one of Sears’ most popular houses. In fact, I’d say it was one of their top ten best sellers. And, it was a pretty house with a distinctive Spanish flair and with a splash of mission style. If you take away the fancy accoutrements, you’ll see it’s little more than a classic American foursquare.

Enjoy the photos!

To see more Sears Alhambras, visit All Things Alhambra, part 2.

Sears Alhambra as seen in the 1921 Sears Modern Homes catalog.

Sears Alhambra as seen in the 1921 Sears Modern Homes catalog.

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Sears Alhambra in Charleston, WV

Sears Alhambra in Charleston, WV.

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Sears Alhambra in Portsmouth, Virginia (my home town)

Sears Alhambra in Portsmouth, Virginia (my home town)

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Like its Virginia cousin, this Alhambra is also painted a light yellow. This pretty house is in Lexington, Virginia.

Like its Virginia cousin, this Alhambra is also painted a light yellow. This pretty house is in Lexington, Virginia.

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Another vote for the beige pant job!  This perfect Alhambra is in Raleigh.

Another vote for the beige pant job! This perfect Alhambra is in Raleigh.

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Sears Alhambra in darn good condition in Bedford, Pennsylvania.

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And this is a Sears Alhambra, sans Spanish-flavored extras!

This is an Alhambra, but it's a common alteration. All the Spanish-flavored accoutrements have been removed. There are FOUR of these Alhambras in Norfolk.

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Stripped of its Alhambra-defining elements, this house in St. Louis looks rather pedestrian.

This Alhambra lost its its Alhambra-defining elements during a remodel. Even the parapet over the porch was cut down. This house in St. Louis now looks rather pedestrian.

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Vintage photo of a Sears Alhambra in the St. Louis area. Later on in life, the dormer was amputated due to leak issues. The parapet around the front porch was also lost during surgery. Very sad.

Vintage photo of the same Sears Alhambra shown above. Hard to believe, isn't it?

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This Alhambra has also had some of its unique architectural elements stripped away, but you can still see its an Alhambra!

This Alhambra has also had some of its unique architectural elements stripped away, but you can still see it's an Alhambra!

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Sears Alhambra in Gaffney

Sears Alhambra in Gaffney, SC. My favorite color: Lavender!

To see more pictures of Sears Alhambras, visit All Things Alhambra, part 2.

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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!