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The crème de la crème of Sears Homes: The Magnolia

April 30th, 2012 Sears Homes No comments

There are only seven known Sears Magnolias in the country. Judging by the emails I receive, you’d think there are seven Magnolias in every city in America, but that’s not quite right.

I’m always hopeful to find the eighth Magnolia, and I do suspect it’s out there. Until the discovery of the seventh Magnolia in Syracuse, it was generally regarded that there were only six Magnolias built!

The Magnolia was offered from 1918-1922, and it really was a grand house, with 2,900 square feet, two full baths, and two fireplaces.

The Sears Magnolia, as seen in the 1921 catalog.

The Sears Magnolia, as seen in the 1921 catalog.

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My favorite Sears Magnolia in Benson, NC.

My favorite Sears Magnolia in Benson, NC.

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Sears Magnolia in Canton, Ohio.

Sears Magnolia in Canton, Ohio.

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*The seventh Magnolia - in Syracuse, NY

The “seventh” Magnolia - in Syracuse, NY

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A Brick Magnolia in Irwin, PA.

A Brick Magnolia in Irwin, PA.

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Vintage photo

Vintage photo of the Magnolia in Benson, NC (about 1940).

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And the last one is in Piedmont, Alabama.

And the last one is in Piedmont, Alabama. There was another Magnolia in Nebraska, but it was torn down many years ago.

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The Magnolia was a fine house with the finest accoutrements.

The plumbing fixtures in the Magnolia were the finest that Sears offered (1921).

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This old photo shows the original bathtub found in a Sears Magnolia.

This old photo shows the original bathtub found in a Sears Magnolia.

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Pretty cool, huh?  (1921 catalog)

Pretty cool, huh? (1921 catalog)

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If you look at the Maggy Tub above, youll see it sits in the area outlined in red.

If you look at the Maggy Tub above, you'll see it sits in the area outlined in red - window and all! The niche area is formed by the placement of the chimney chase.

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And the sink is still there, too!

And the sink is still there, too!

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The Sears Magnolia was a fine, fine home. This photo shows detail on the Columns on the Sears Magnolia in Piedmont.

The Sears Magnolia was a fine, fine home. This photo shows detail on the columns on the Piedmont Magnolia.

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To learn more about the Sears Magnolia, click here.

To learn about the interior of the Sears Magnolia, click here.