My Only Blog With an “R” Rating!

Before you start reading this, please usher the children into another room and/or tell them to cover their ears and hum. Sears only offered two models of kit homes that had a sink in the closet. One was their fanciest house (“The Magnolia”) and the other...

Peace Pipes and Fourplexes: The Calumet

The Calumet is a rare Sears kit house that was offered for a brief time in the late 1910s and early 1920s. Sears did offer a few apartment buildings (yes, as kits), and the Calumet was one of them. My favorite feature of the Sears Calumet is the wall-bed, and the...

Sweet Home, Alabama (Sears Magnolia)

Sometime in 2005, the new owner of the Sears Magnolia in Piedmont, Alabama sent me several dozen photos of the house. Recently, I rediscovered the CDs. Those photos reminded me that I also had a 1984 newspaper article about that Magnolia. Unfortunately, I do not have...