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Old 02-18-2011, 11:09 PM
 
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I love Sears Homes. I think about them, study them, write about them, and when I'm feeling blue, I like to look at pictures of them.

Based on my research, about 90% of the people living in these historically significant houses didn't realize what they had until I knocked on their door and told them.

And - when I did my survey of Annapolis, I'll bet money that I missed more than a few of the kit homes in that town. It was a fairly quick drive through.

If you know of any Sears Homes in the area, send me a photo.

Finding Sears Homes is like looking for hidden treasure. It's a lot of fun, and the discoveries are always a thrill.

To learn more about Sears Homes, click here or here.

In short, these were 12,000 piece kits, ordered right out of the pages of the Sears catalog. They were shipped by boxcar and came with a 75-page instruction book and a promise that a "man of average abilities" could have the house completed in 90 days.

Enjoy the photos.

























Aren't they wonderful and delightful?

Sears offered 370 designs of their kit homes, and about 70,000 were sold, in all 48 states. When I decided that Sears Homes would be my raison d'Ítre, I purposefully memorized all 370 designs, so now I can drive the streets and find them.

Unfortunately, during a post-ww2 housecleaning at Sears headquarters, all sales records were destroyed, so they only way to find these houses today is literally one by one.

Enjoy!

Rose

PS. I just realized I put this under "Virginia." Oops. I know a lot about houses. Not so much about geography. Sorry. I moved this to the Maryland thread. If it should be deleted here, I understand. Sorry.

Last edited by RosemaryT; 02-18-2011 at 11:13 PM.. Reason: Oopsie.
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Old 02-19-2011, 05:17 AM
 
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interesting!Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-19-2011, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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Thanks, Rose, I love them too. There were a few in Baltimore when I lived there and they still look charming.
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Old 02-19-2011, 06:34 AM
 
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Arlington has them. I lived in one like that Carlin model pictured here.
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Old 02-19-2011, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Thanks for sharing. I agree, they were delightful to look at! There was an article a few years back about the ones in Arlington.
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Old 02-19-2011, 12:28 PM
 
Location: In the woods
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We had some friends in Bethesda who lived in a Sears home. Looked like the "New Castle". It was a great conversation starter! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 02-19-2011, 02:30 PM
 
Location: NOVA
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They really are great, aren't they? Oh, how I wish they'd build houses in those styles and sizes! So much nicer than the monstrosities littering the landscape nowadays.
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Old 02-19-2011, 09:39 PM
 
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In one of my favorite Three Stooges shorts, Moe, Larry, and Curly marry these three battleaxes and set about building a kit house. I don't know if it was a Sears Catalog house as other companies sold them also. Mmmm, let me dig out the DVD and watch it to see if there are any clues...

I've read that there are around 100 Sears houses in NOVA....most in Arlington.
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Old 05-11-2011, 08:57 PM
 
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Thanks for sharing this. What an interesting concept. A build it yourself home by catalogue order!

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I love Sears Homes. I think about them, study them, write about them, and when I'm feeling blue, I like to look at pictures of them.

Based on my research, about 90% of the people living in these historically significant houses didn't realize what they had until I knocked on their door and told them.

And - when I did my survey of Annapolis, I'll bet money that I missed more than a few of the kit homes in that town. It was a fairly quick drive through.

If you know of any Sears Homes in the area, send me a photo.

Finding Sears Homes is like looking for hidden treasure. It's a lot of fun, and the discoveries are always a thrill.

To learn more about Sears Homes, click here or here.

In short, these were 12,000 piece kits, ordered right out of the pages of the Sears catalog. They were shipped by boxcar and came with a 75-page instruction book and a promise that a "man of average abilities" could have the house completed in 90 days.

Enjoy the photos.

























Aren't they wonderful and delightful?

Sears offered 370 designs of their kit homes, and about 70,000 were sold, in all 48 states. When I decided that Sears Homes would be my raison d'Ítre, I purposefully memorized all 370 designs, so now I can drive the streets and find them.

Unfortunately, during a post-ww2 housecleaning at Sears headquarters, all sales records were destroyed, so they only way to find these houses today is literally one by one.

Enjoy!

Rose

PS. I just realized I put this under "Virginia." Oops. I know a lot about houses. Not so much about geography. Sorry. I moved this to the Maryland thread. If it should be deleted here, I understand. Sorry.
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Old 05-12-2011, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Prince William County, VA
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Thanks for sharing! I didn't know that Sears used to offer homes!

I hope they don't delete this thread...I'm still waking up with my coffee this morning and I want to be able to find this later when I'm more awake!
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