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  1. hillary schwartz
    November 24th, 2014 at 14:29 | #1

    Hi Rose,

    My husband and I just purchased a Sears Home. I had some questions for you. Can you email me so we can be in touch?

  2. November 24th, 2014 at 19:56 | #2

    Hi Hillary,

    I highly recommend joining our group “Sears Homes” on Facebook. You’ll get instant results there!

    Or you can send me an email at Magnolia2047@gmail.com

  3. Jeff Alterman
    June 2nd, 2015 at 16:11 | #3

    In the village of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, I know of 12 Sears houses.

    Most of them are recognizable. One unfortunately was so greatly expanded that it has little resemblance of its former self.

    Some of the houses are largely in their original state. Some have had additions but they can still be recognized as Sears houses by an expert.

    I do believe that two additional houses in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York might be Sears houses so I’m going to call them probables.

  4. June 2nd, 2015 at 20:51 | #4

    Hi Jeff,

    What’s the address of these 12 homes?

  5. Jeff Alterman
    June 2nd, 2015 at 22:21 | #5

    @Sears Homes
    The addresses of the known homes are,

    66 Euclid Ave.
    47 Hillside Ave.
    15 Hillside Ave.
    16 School St.
    127 Mt. Hope Blvd.
    71 Overlook Rd.
    44 Ashley Rd. (This house has been greatly expanded.)
    42 Clunie Ave.
    570 Farragut Parkway
    61 James St.
    81 Hudson St.
    120 High St.
    74 Cochrane Ave.

    2 Probables.

    69 Hillside Ave.
    52 Buena Vista Dr.

    Facebook pages with photos.

    Go to https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.79074189849.77408.631419849&type=3 I’m not sure whether the link will work, but give it a try.

  6. June 3rd, 2015 at 04:09 | #6

    @Jeff Alterman

    Jeff, that’s interesting. The first house (66 Euclid) appears to be a Sears Verona with a Martha Washington front porch, and the second house (47 Hillside) is a Sears Americus. It appears to be a Sears Gladstone at 15 Hillside, but I can’t be sure (too much landscaping in the way).

    The house at 16 School Street is a Sears Woodland (which has been vinylized, sadly). Apparently they took out those two windows flanking the front door when it was vinylized.

    Your “probable” at 69 Hillside appears to be a Sears Hathaway, with a straight gable (while the catalog image shows the clipped gable).

    As to 127 Mt. Hope Blvd, I can’t see even a piece of a house; there are way too many trees!

    How did it come to be known that these are Sears Homes?

    BTW, the house on Buena Vista doesn’t appear (at first glance) to be a Sears House, but I can’t get Google Maps to give me a decent image.

    Rosemary

  7. Jeff Alterman
    June 3rd, 2015 at 09:55 | #7

    Some years ago, the local historical society did some research into Sears houses and found out there were those 11 or 12 definite Sears houses at those locations. It is entirely possible that there are more Sears houses in Hastings-on-Hudson and I’m not aware of them.

    The Woodland at 16 School St. though altered with the vinyl siding still retains much of its original appearance.

    Perhaps one day, someone will realize what the house was and reside it with the correct siding and restore the two small windows that once flanked the front door. Otherwise it still looks much like it did when it was built.

    The mix of the Martha Washington front porch on the “Verona” is interesting.

    Perhaps it was an option at the time or added later and that was the only style porch that was available.

    Don’t forget that there could easily be kit homes from other manufacturers in Hastings-on-Hudson. We do have some of the Levitt type homes in Hastings-on-Hudson and some of them are in their original configuration.

  8. bill
    March 29th, 2016 at 14:32 | #8

    There’s an Alhambra in Zanesville, Ohio. My family and I lived there when I was a young boy.

  9. January 31st, 2017 at 14:00 | #9

    Hello Rosemary,

    We are going to sell our Sears and Roebucks home here in Monett, MO.

    I would like to know if you know of anyone who would like to buy it.

    We bought it for $175,000 and it is a big house.

    It is in great shape too with stone ( cement ) grey brick and a porch. I have photos to show you also. What is your email address?

    Hannah Nowlin

  10. Cindy
    July 14th, 2017 at 22:52 | #10

    There is a beautiful Magnolia in El Reno, Oklahoma. You should check it out sometime.

  11. John Schaefer
    September 6th, 2017 at 16:26 | #11

    As an authority on kit houses, can you recommend a blog/website or other reference for initial education regarding kit garages?

    My home has a bolted galvanized-steel garage in the back yard, I think likely of kit construction, presently used by me as a garden shed.

    I’m guessing from fabrication details and size that it’s pre-WWII, but know nothing more.

    –John

  12. Tryg Hoff
    June 3rd, 2018 at 13:05 | #12

    I have bought a home that I think is a Henry Wilson #158 home.

    I think the basic floor plan was modified to include a basement. The cross gabled roof is the same as a picture I saw in The Bungalow Book.

    How can I find out more information about this house. The land was purchased in 1920 and the house was sold in 1924 for $5,000.

  13. Jennifer Miller
    June 27th, 2018 at 15:25 | #13

    Hello,
    My grandfather recently bought a property with a 1920s sears home on it. He is a farmer and interested in demoing the home. He gave me a little time to see if there is any value in it. I believe it is the Verona model. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
    Jennifer Miller

  14. Dale Wolicki
    June 30th, 2018 at 21:18 | #14

    Henry Wilson was a noted publisher of architectural plan books in the first quarter of the 20th century but his books were noted for his stylish Bungalow designs.

    Wilson sold blueprints of his designs; they were not pre-cut homes like Sears or Aladdin, so you wont find any WILSON stamped lumber or labels. His most popular designs, including the #158, were frequently copied by other plan book publishers and local builders.

    Wilson was based on the West Coast but his designs were built throughout the United States and Canada but I don’t believe any records from his office survive.

    Look in the attic rafters and the basement joists for the blueprints, which is the best way to confirm it is a Henry Wilson design.

  15. Kathleen Dever
    July 15th, 2018 at 15:56 | #15

    I am researching a home in Corona California which may be a Pacific Ready-Cut Home. I have your book and it looks similar to # .

    The house has had very little if any exterior changes. It was build in 1924-25.

    The Pacific Ready Cut Home company had agents in Riverside, California and their records show they built 4 homes in Corona during this time.

    I have located 2 of the homes but neither are the home I am researching. I am going to have the owners look for markings in the attic or garage.

    But before I do, I would like to have your opinion on this home. It is similar to #276 in the 1925 catalog but has a large vent in the front gable and the home’s layout is similar to another model.

    I can submit a photo if helpful. THANKS!

    My questions:
    1. Did they ever install pocket windows in these homes?
    2. Is there a 1924 Pacific Ready-Kit Home Catalog available to buy or check out?

  16. Kathleen Dever
    July 15th, 2018 at 15:59 | #16

    Double front gables. It looks similar to #272 without the clipped gables. The garage is similar to one pictured in #272.

  17. Brett Shirley
    November 14th, 2018 at 14:47 | #17

    I just heard the 99% Invisible podcast about your work. Presently, I live in Salt Lake City, Utah and I think there is a good chance there are many MANY Sears homes in this area. Specifically, look in the Marmalade District, Sugarhouse neighborhood, or Avenues neighborhood. You would know better than I.

    I tell you this to, possibly, help you with meet your goals.

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