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If you’ve enjoyed learning about the history of Sears Homes and/or want to thank Rosemary for her work, you can leave a tip here.

Thank you so much.

  1. Terri Fill
    July 12th, 2012 at 10:00 | #1

    My family members claim that an uncle built a house from a Sears chicken coop kit in 1945-46 by turning the floorboards upright to make the walls taller. I am trying to find additional information on this. Was it a common practice during/after the depression? I have a photo.

  2. August 9th, 2012 at 06:28 | #2

    @Terri Fill
    Sears had a catalog devoted to farm supply equipment and they had a catalog devoted to barns and outbuildings. However, it would take a lot of chicken coops to build one house for a regular-sized grown-up!!

  3. Larry DeLamarter
    November 7th, 2012 at 16:44 | #3

    I recently purchased and am restoring a 1926 Sears Farnum. I would like to share photos of other Farnums.

    December 16th, 2012 at 22:26 | #4

    I have what I was told to be a 1910 sears house in Stephen MN.

    Looking thru the abstract it looks like it was built in 1905.

    I have no idea of what style of house it is and I’m currently looking at selling this house for $22,500.00 its a two and quarter story house with a full basement , 3 bedrooms upstairs and a den.

    Pictures can be seen on oxford realty .com in Grand Forks ND. Please comment if you have any further info on this property

  5. Tyler
    January 19th, 2013 at 00:43 | #5

    You probably get this all the time, but I may have a house lead? It’s the rather rare Magnolia style.

    In probability it is not a Sears home, but the rumor around the small town it is located in suggests that it is. It fits the general style/bones of the Magnolia, but some of the details are a bit different.

    For example, in the old illustrations it appears the front porch roof is rectangular, whereas this one has a curved roof. The location is not at all where a house of this grandeur would be expected to reside, but I have been told that around the time this house would have been built, the town was hosting several wealthy families thanks to the coal industry.

    I hate to give out locations on the internet, but if you’re interested feel free to email me.

  6. Ang
    February 3rd, 2013 at 02:54 | #6

    I stumbled across your website today and think I know where there may be a whole neighborhood of these Sears(?) kit homes. The house I grew up in, while I don’t believe is one, is surrounded by these same style homes.

    If you would like to email me, I’d be happy to email you the names of the streets so you can google them. Fascinating!

  7. February 3rd, 2013 at 06:58 | #7

    Hi Ang, please leave a comment with the info on the street names! :)

  8. Lisa Kozlowski
  9. Lisa Kozlowski
    March 11th, 2013 at 19:13 | #9

    Well rats that first link doesn’t work — I’ll grab the address tomorrow.

  10. March 11th, 2013 at 23:49 | #10

    @Lisa Kozlowski 39385 DETROIT RD, AVON OH

  11. Jim Barnea
    March 31st, 2013 at 22:04 | #11

    Like others, I ran across your website and it brought back a hidden memory. Back in the 1960’s I lived across the street from what I remember by dad said was, “a Sears House”.

    Seven years ago I happened to be back in that small town , and I drove by my old house to snap a picture or two. I also snapped a pic as I was driving off of the ‘Sears House across the street.

    Here it is: http://www.smugmug.com/photos/i-DxJW9Np/0/X2/i-DxJW9Np-X2.jpg

    Is it a Sears house? Model? (looks sorta like the Gladstone but not exactly)


  12. Jim Barnea
    March 31st, 2013 at 22:14 | #12

    Editing my above post. First. Apologies for posting in the wrong forum and second, it looks like a classic Fullerton.

  13. Retro redhead
    April 4th, 2013 at 21:25 | #13

    Hi Rose, this is one of the owners of the pink house on Gosnold, if you get the chance, would you email me? We have some questions for you.

  14. maggie
    May 13th, 2013 at 10:08 | #14

    Rose, I am sending you an excerpt from an article in Johnson City Press, May 13 2013, in case you are interested:

    Joseph A Brown built their house at the corner of Brown’s Mill and Ferndale roads a year after he built the mill (1929). A four-square brick, the house was built from a Sears, Roebuck and Co. that arrived in Johnson City on a train from Chicago.

    Today the home is owned by his granddaughter, June Miller Gouge, and her husband, Ed, who raise llamas and alpacas on the farm and operate a small shop in the house known as Alpaca at JoNell Farm.

  15. maggie
    May 13th, 2013 at 10:12 | #15

    Two things left out: The title of the article: Brown Milling: a city business ahead of its time. And: The kit cost $3,500.

  16. May 30th, 2013 at 07:31 | #16

    I would like to know if I have a Sears house. It was built in 1937 and I can send pictures.

  17. Jared
    June 1st, 2013 at 18:02 | #17

    I’d like to send some photos of my home to verify if its a Sears or not. I have exterior and interior photos if your’re intrested in looking at them.

  18. June 1st, 2013 at 19:03 | #18

    Send me a photo! Send it to Rosemary.ringer@gmail.com.

  19. Melissa C. Pritchard
    June 15th, 2013 at 13:18 | #19

    I am an architect who lives in Roanoke, VA. We just had some new neighbors move into the house next door to us and they were asking me about the style of their home and suggesting exterior paint colors.

    They told me they thought it was Dutch Colonial and I told them I would do some research. In my research I discovered it is in fact Sears home # c3272 The Maywood!

    It was built in 1929. I can send you a current photo of the home along with an old photo of the home shortly after it was built. I am now really curious about a couple of things - is this a rare home?

    Also, we have a really unique home built in 1936 and I am now wondering if it is also a Sears home. I have never been able to put my finger on the exact style. I would love to also be able to send you photos of it and see if you recognize it as a Sears Home!

    Thanks so much for your help!


  20. June 15th, 2013 at 13:56 | #20

    Hi Melissa,

    I sent you an email. Yes, I’d love to see photos.


  21. Ann
    July 26th, 2013 at 21:11 | #21

    I’m really not sure how I came about your site, but I have truly enjoyed it. I was just wondering if there are any Sears homes in Asheboro, NC that you know about? Feel in love with the Corona in Charlotte.

    We live in the historic area, and have the pleasure of living in and restoring our 1927 Colonial Revival.


  22. August 26th, 2013 at 08:26 | #22

    Dear Rosemary,

    I have been enjoying your blog very much and could use your wisdom. Could you check out the little house my family just purchased to renovate in Port Clyde, ME and tell me if it could possibly be a Sears kit?

    A local lobsterman’s mom said it was, but who knows. You can see the photo on my public FB page at http://www.facebook.com/stevethomashome.

    Many thanks,
    Steve (former host of This Old House and Renovation Nation)

  23. August 26th, 2013 at 08:59 | #23

    @Steve Thomas
    Hi Steve,

    From what I could see on the Facebook page, it’s kinda sorta similar to Sears Modern Home #113, but “kinda sorta” doesn’t work too well when it comes to identifying kit homes.

    It also appears to be pre-1920, which means you won’t find any marks on the framing members.

    Most likely, the reminiscence from the “local lobsterman’s mom” speaks to the fact that the building materials could well have been ordered from Sears & Roebuck. In 1895, Sears issued its first building materials catalog, and people often ordered enough material “to build an entire house” from these early building materials catalogs.

    Learn more here: http://www.searshomes.org/index.php/2013/04/07/john-p-waters-is-confusing-me/


  24. August 30th, 2013 at 05:26 | #24

    Thanks so much, Rose. Given the level of carpentry skills in the village, this makes sense. @Sears Homes

  25. Akon
    September 17th, 2013 at 12:54 | #25

    @Jim Barnea
    That’s one beautiful picture; a well-kept Sears kit home with a blue sky in the background and a vintage azure pick up truck on the side. True Americana.

    I very much think you’re right, studying the broadening porch coloms and side view window/door placement!

    I love this website. I’ve learnt so much reading Rosemary’s posts. Thank you!

  26. Tony Schuering
    September 25th, 2013 at 23:21 | #26

    my name is Tony Schuering, and I’m working with the City of Carlinville, Illinois to develop an incentive program to revitalize a portion of their town that includes dozens of Sears Homes.

    I would like to talk to you about Sears Homes in general and get some ideas from you regarding the revitalization of those homes.

    Any time you could spend discussing Sears Homes with me would be much appreciated.

    Thank you.

  27. September 26th, 2013 at 08:00 | #27

    Hi Tony,

    About three weeks ago, Sonia from ODU archives forwarded me your initial inquiry and I replied at that time but didn’t hear back.

    How can I help you?


  28. Matt Rinker
    September 26th, 2013 at 11:46 | #28

    @ Tony, Hi there. I live in the Standard Addition. I would like to help anyway that I can in improving our unique neighborhood.

    I know there are others who feel the same way.

    Thanks for your efforts

  29. Gretchen
    September 30th, 2013 at 23:56 | #29

    Hi, I have been told for years about a home that was described as a “Sears Home”. I guess in my ignorance I felt it was the only one!

    It’s located in a very small community in central Ohio.

    I’m really not sure if it is or isn’t an actual Sears House, but if you’re interested I’d be happy to give you more information

  30. Andrew Mutch
    October 1st, 2013 at 22:51 | #30

    Gretchen - Do you have an address to share? There are several experts in Ohio who can investigate.

  31. Michelle Shaffer
    October 16th, 2013 at 22:06 | #31


    I have been looking to confirm, the house I’m living in, is a Sears Home. I think it might be a Dover. How can I find out for sure? What kind of info do I need on my home to find out? I’m really excited to find out more!!!! Thank You!!

  32. Bill
    November 3rd, 2013 at 14:11 | #32

    I think I’ve spotted a sears home #126 in Watsonville, California I don’t have any pictures but to see the street view it’s located at the corner of Lincoln and Alvarado st

  33. November 3rd, 2013 at 23:03 | #33

    Wow! It very well could be! That was a popular pattern house as well, I’ve seen a handful of other companies offer it as a plan for purchase.

    But I think the house at 1122 Lincoln Street, Watsonville, California might be the real deal. I wonder if PRCH offered this plan too?

    Can you send photos?

  34. November 3rd, 2013 at 23:53 | #34

    I believe that it (1122 Lincoln Street, Watsonville, California) is indeed a Sears 126! I looked at the “clones” as we call them and Aladdin’s Carmen, not close other than floorplans and shape.

    You can compare it to the house at 2904 Meredith Ave Omaha Nebraska which is a verified Sears 126 that I found in a testimonial with the Sears Modern Homes catalog (so it is authenticated).

    I looked at three side and from aerial and compared the two, I’d put money on it!

    Good find. Now, how about photos?

  35. Bill
    November 16th, 2013 at 13:03 | #35

    @Rachel Shoemaker sorry, I haven’t had the chance to take some pictures but there are some photos of the interior available. Google 110 Alvarado Street, Watsonville, California.

  36. Bill
    November 16th, 2013 at 13:08 | #36

    @Rachel Shoemaker sorry, but I haven’t had the chance to take any pictures of the house but it was for sale recently, so after googling I discovered the listing was 110 Alvarado Street, Watsonville, CA.

  37. Jen Dowling
    December 16th, 2013 at 11:47 | #37

    My Great Aunt’s (and prior to that my Great Grandmother’s) home is a Sears Kit home.

    I know this because it was built by my Great Grandmother and her husband. It is currently bank owned and for sale.

    Almost nothing has been done to it since it was built, so it has all of the tell-tale details. Here’s the MLS listing. http://www.cbpref.com/property/details/3093457/MLS-6291364/47-Manor-Ave-Claymont-DE-19703.aspx?IsBranded=1&AgentID=13604

    I wish there were better photos, maybe I’ll contact the realtor to see if they can get better photos posted.

  38. Joann Roberts
    January 2nd, 2014 at 22:43 | #38

    Hi David

    I am interested . Please email me at joanna_97lb@yahoo.com .

    Rose I really have enjoyed reading this site !

    I am new to this community searching to buy a Sears home.



  39. Tim Reid
    January 3rd, 2014 at 20:14 | #39

    There’s an old house in my town that is going to be demolished to make way for a duplex.

    The historical society is fighting it but the owner is claiming that this 100+ year old house is a Sears house so it doesn’t matter.

    I was wondering if you can point me in the right direction to getting this house verified as a Sears home or not. Thanks!

  40. Alison Boggs
    January 30th, 2014 at 22:08 | #40


    I have enjoyed your blogs about Sears homes, especially the Magnolia. My husband and I are getting ready to build and I found a Sears book years ago and fell in love with the Magnolia.

    I was wondering, in all your travels, do you have or know how to get a copy of the floor plans/construction blue prints for the Magnolia?

    We would love to keep this beautiful house alive by constructing one as true to the original as possible.

    I just wondered if you have any thoughts on how to get the plans.

    Thank you so much!

  41. Roseann Szmagaj
    February 20th, 2014 at 03:27 | #41

    Hi, Rose,

    How might I go about sending you pictures of three houses I’m trying to research? (Do you even have time to field requests like this?)

    The homes in question are in Berkley and Detroit, MI, and belonged at one time, respectively, to my grandfather, father and uncle.

    I used to think they were Sears homes, but further research suggests that they may be Wardway/Gordon VanTine (or other!) models. Can you help?

    Thanks! I really enjoy all the info you provide. Wish I had known about you being in Staunton last year. (I’m in Harrisonburg.)

  42. James Anderson
    May 27th, 2014 at 00:42 | #42

    I’m curious, I love the way the Magnolia looks and would like to build one. Is this possible?? I’m sure I’d have to get permission from Sears but if it is, how would I do it?

  43. May 27th, 2014 at 06:25 | #43

    James, you don’t need to get permission from Sears. :D To build a Magnolia, I’d imagine you’d just need to engage an architect and show him the original catalog page and go from there!

  44. June 19th, 2014 at 16:27 | #44

    Have you heard of any in Winston-Salem, NC?

    We have a few historic neighborhoods with similar looking houses to the ones I’ve seen here. Try West Salem, Ardmore, and Washington Park.

  45. Erika W
    June 29th, 2014 at 20:39 | #45

    My mom and I were talking this evening about the homes her parents owned in Elmhurst, IL.

    In searching, I found the house they lived in was sold last year and in the listing it stated it was a Sears kit home.

    I figured out the home was a “Kismet” by comparing the Google street view with the elevation. When I searched “Kismet” on your site, I was so surprised to see a picture my grandparents’ first home! (It’s the one that has an addition.)

  46. July 1st, 2014 at 15:41 | #46

    @Erika W

    Bad news… that Kismet was torn down. There is a permit for new construction on the site.

  47. Carly
    August 15th, 2014 at 13:06 | #47

    A neighbor told us that some houses in our small town are Sears homes.

    I don’t know any details though. Sandyville, OH 44671

  48. August 27th, 2014 at 10:05 | #48

    My mother lives in a Sears kit house in Richmond VA. I know that Rosemary is coming here in September. Feel free to contact me if you want additional information or if you want to see the house.

  49. Carolyn
    September 20th, 2014 at 17:24 | #49

    Hi Rose!

    I suspect my home (built in 1938) may be a Sears house! My floor plan is nearly identical to The Cape Cod #13354b with only two exceptions:
    1. There is a small back porch leading from the dining room to the back yard.
    2. The front bedroom closet space is against the wall to the living room, not the bathroom.

    My front door appears to be the Farmington style Sears offered, and my interior doors appear to the Wilshire style. Additionally, I found a photo of the Sears Cape Cod online and my fireplace mantel appears to be the same.

    I can’t find any markings on the basement beams, but several inches of all the ends have been covered by foam insulation.

    I’m in the process of trying to hunt down the original building permit with hopes that will provide more info. There are two Sears homes in the Westmoreland neighborhood, just a few blocks from here.

    I suspect my neighbor may have the smaller “a” version of the Cape Cod, and wouldn’t be surprised to find out many of the homes in my neighborhood are kit homes.

    If you would like to check out my home/neighborhood in Madison, Wi, please drop me a line and I will send you the address to check out on Google maps.

    Optimistically, Carolyn

  50. Janet Clark
    November 6th, 2014 at 13:44 | #50

    Do you know anyone who is interested in moving a Sears Kit home model #2026 “The Westly” built sometime between 1917 and 1921.

    It is currently up on blocks and slated for demolition by the City of Darlington, SC in January 2015. Any help finding a new owner would be appreciated.

    Janet Linde Clark
    Historic Landmarks Commission, Chair
    City of Darlington, SC

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