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Is it a Sears House?

Is it a Sears House? Marks such as this (above) help authenticate!


Sears Lynnhaven being moved in Indiana.


Rose is the author of several books, including The Houses That Sears Built (2002,) Finding the Houses That Sears Built (2004), The Ugly Woman’s Guide to Internet Dating (2009) and The Sears Homes of Illinois (2010). She’s the co-author of California’s Kit Homes (2004) and Montgomery Wards Mail-Order Homes (2010), and has contributed chapters to three books on architecture.

Rose has traveled to 25 states to give more than 200 lectures on Sears Homes, from Bungalow Heaven in Los Angeles to The Smithsonian in Washington, DC. She has addressed a wide variety of audiences from architectural preservationists in Boston, St. Louis and Chicago to kit home enthusiasts in small towns across America.

Rose has appeared on MSNBC, PBS (History Detectives), A&E (Biography), CBS (Sunday Morning News) and her book was featured in its own category on Jeopardy. She’s also been featured on NPR twice (All Things Considered) in the last three years. She is considered the country’s #1 authority on kit homes.

Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, L. A. Times, Dallas Morning News, Old House Journal, American Bungalow, Blue Ridge Country, Chesapeake Life and about 100 other publications. Twice in the last five years, the story of her unique career was picked up by the AP and in May 2009, she was interviewed on BBC Radio.



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  1. Preston

    I tried to send a note through your blog but got rejected. So here I am again with Ashmore questions. Preston

  2. Mary B Ferary

    I lived in a sears kit home. 200 Grove Frederick Maryland. Would love any information you might have about the home and property. Thanks.

  3. Julie

    Hi Rosemary!

    Our neighbors brought us some info on Sears homes. Unbeknownst to us, we may have The Carmen. I’ll be doing some research soon. Do you know if there are house plaques that Sears sells to folks who own a Sears home?

    Thanks for your efforts!


  4. Eileen King

    I have a small Sears kit house in Naplate, Illinois.

    Owen’s Ford sold the property and homes to their employees in 1920, and Faustino Dinelli bought this house on 18th Avenue. It has the markings on basement wood arched doorways and I love this house!

  5. Stan Dickervitz

    Hi, looking for info on the Sears house on the Marlboro ranch in Montana.

  6. Gary Hankins

    I believe we have a Sears kit house located in rural Shelby County Ohio. My research and evidence within the house has me convinced it is a Sears kit model 2015 shown in the 1919 catalog as the “The Greenview”. How do I go about having it authenticated?

  7. charlotte redman

    I own a 1930’s Sears kit house in Grant, Florida and purchased it from the original owner “Miss Ruby” She told me how it was brought down the Indian River by barge and then assembled with no bathroom at that time. She raised her Family of 5 in this tiny house.

  8. Chris Novarro

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    Subject: Homes
    Comments: Hello. I live in Midland Michigan in my grandparents house from sears called the Hamilton. They built it in 1920 ? And ot was unloaded off a rail car then delivered by a team of horses. I have the original blueprints and the catalog. I would love to share some photos of how original the house still is. Feel free to contact me at 989-492-2229 for pictures or more info. In Midland i believe there at 5-7 sears houses some directly across tbe street from me. Thanks. Chris Novarro

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