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One Lonely Sears Crescent in Galax, Virginia

September 18th, 2010 Sears Homes No comments

Recently, I visited Galax, Virginia and drove around the town for a bit looking for Sears Homes.

Unfortunately, during my time in Galax, I found only one Sears Home, this little Crescent in a not-so-happy part of town, within a stone’s throw of a massive electrical substation, and very near a large industrial area. It’d be very interesting to know if the owners of this Crescent realize that their little house is a Sears House. Pictured below is the Crescent in Galax, and further below is a happy Crescent in Northern Illinois.

To read more about the Sears Homes in other parts of western Virginia, click here.

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Sears Crescent from the 1919 Sears Modern Homes catalog. Note the price!

Sears House

Sears Crescent in Galax, Virginia. It's in wonderfully original condition!

Photo taken from an angle that matches original catalog image

Close-up of house in Sears Modern Homes catalog

Close-up of house in Sears Modern Homes catalog

Sears Crescent in Northern Illinois

Sears Crescent in Northern Illinois

Modern Maggy Wanna-Be: Not!

August 17th, 2010 Sears Homes No comments

The Sears Magnolia was the biggest, fanciest and prettiest home. 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 (second photo below - with beige vinyl siding). If the Sears Magnolia were built today, it might look something like this. However, in my humble opinion, this is not an attractive home. It lacks those nice profiles and proportions and lines. It is, to be blunt, uninspiring and boring.

Then again, I’m just biding my time here until they figure out this time travel so I can get back to where I belong: The 1920s.

A Sears Magnolia in Benson:
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Contemporary Magnolia Maybe Sorta Kinda

Modern house in modern area

Modern house in modern area

Original catalog image from 1922 Sears Modern Homes catalog

Original catalog image from 1922 Sears Modern Homes catalog