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Sears Homes Old Catalog. The Old House Web Editor's note: Rosemary Thornton is one of the country's leadingexperts on Sears catalog homes.

Sears Homes Old Catalog

Here are excerpts of her new book, "The Houses That Sears Built: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sears Catalogue Homes," published in 2002 by Gentle Beam Publications, P. O. Box 1392, Alton, IL 62002. Interior and Exterior. Oils well that ends well… When oil prices started up last winter, I started to panic.

Oils well that ends well…

In three months’ time, we burned more than $1,600 in fuel oil. At the end of January 2011, Mr. Oil Fill-Man appeared in my back yard (a scant 27 days after his last visit), to fill the tank - again. “We’re taking 160+ gallons of fuel oil each time you come by,” I told him. “Is that normal for this area?” “Yes M’am,” he replied. Talking with two of my neighbors, I’d found that they’d converted from old oil boilers (about the same age as mine), to high-efficiency tankless gas-fired boilers. Why Is The Porch Ceiling Blue. Old houses often contain many mysteries.

Why Is The Porch Ceiling Blue

It’s our 21st Century paradigm (and ignorance of recent history) that makes our old homes seem “mysterious.” Take ice boxes, for instance. We’re just one or two generations away from these once-modern marvels, and yet most of us baby boomers know little about them! If fact, most post-WW2 folks know very little about day-to-day life in the early 20th Century. Discovering the answers to those “old house mysteries” can be pretty darn fun (and satisfying, too). During the open house here at Gosnold, someone was puzzled by the funny little door in my home’s pantry. The “funny little door” was an access door for the ice man. Sawdust was typically used to insulate the ice, so when your 25 or 50-pound block of ice was delivered, it often came with a little mud, some spilled water and a light dusting of sawdust. As ice melted, the water could be collected in a pan or (in fancier homes), an ice box drain was provided to take the water away.

The House My Ancestors Bought at Sears. The House My Ancestors Bought at Sears By: Nephi Henry As I imagine a lot of people do, I used to think of genealogy as one of the blandest, most tedious things a person could do.

The House My Ancestors Bought at Sears

The endless list of names and dates to be memorized, the stale pedigree charts, the distant places with names I couldn't pronounce—genealogy was too much for my busy 21st-century brain to keep track of, the kind of thing I'd have to store away in spreadsheets and could never really find a way to sink my teeth into. Then, one day, that very same 21st-century brain gave me my breakthrough into how personal and real genealogy can be. I called my dad, who lives on the other side of the country, and due to my habitual multitasking I was also browsing the Web on my laptop. Dad then mentioned casually that his grandparents had bought their house—or rather, the kit for their house—from the Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog. Sears Modern Homes. Pictures of pretty, pretty Sears Homes in Atlanta (Acworth, Rebecca: middle-class, houses) Recently, I went to Atlanta to look for Sears Homes.

Pictures of pretty, pretty Sears Homes in Atlanta (Acworth, Rebecca: middle-class, houses)

In that I live in Norfolk, it was a long trip (but well worth it). A woman friend in Acworth (Nancy) invited me down there and then drove me around the area, and let me stay in her home. I couldn't have done this without her. Georgia and Florida railroad « Ray City History Blog. Manassah W.

Georgia and Florida railroad « Ray City History Blog

Henderson, Ray City, GA resident and husband of the evangelist Rebecca J. Henderson ( seeArson and Evangelism in Rays Mill, GA), was injured in a Valdosta train wreck in the summer of 1910. He was traveling on the Georgia and Florida train, the new railroad built through Ray City in 1909. Sears Modern Home #119. My dear friend Rebecca Hunter found a Sears Modern Home #119 in Iowa (in 2003) and she got a nice photo.

Sears Modern Home #119

Other than that ONE house she found in Iowa, I’ve never laid eyes on a #119, which is pretty remarkable. Georgia Historic Property - Victorian Homes, Colonial Homes, Greek Revival & Antebellum. Atlanta Georgia. For 12 years, I lived in Illinois and I spent many happy years seeking and finding kit homes throughout the Midwest.

Atlanta Georgia

In 2006, I moved back “home” to Virginia, and I’ve spent subsequent years looking for kit homes in the south. I’m surprised at how many I’ve found in this part of the country. An even bigger surprise was the abundance of kit homes I found during a brief trip to Atlanta. The houses pictured below are the tip of the iceberg, I’m sure. There just wasn’t time to cover the whole of Atlanta. Take a look at the photos below and enjoy the many pretties of Atlanta! Sears Homes in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2010, I visited Atlanta, Georgia (and surrounding areas), where Nancy (an old house lover, kind soul and Acworth resident) drove me many miles seeking and finding kit homes.

Sears Homes in Atlanta, Georgia

Below are a few of the houses we found in the area. It’s likely that there are many more kit homes in Atlanta. Nancy and I devoted one day to photographing the Magnolia in Piedmont, Alabama (see photo below), and another day we went to small towns north of Atlanta. I’d love to return to Atlanta sometime soon and do a more thorough survey.

If you know of a historical society and/or civic group that’d be interested in sponsoring my visit, please contact me by leaving a comment below. Old-House Journal. Images of Sears Homes. Click on the associated link for a collection of images and photographs of almost all 447 house designs sold through the Sears Modern Homes program.

Images of Sears Homes

You can search the house listings by clicking on a group of years (1908–1914, 1915–1920, 1921–1926, 1927–1932 and 1933–1940). You will then see a thumbnail picture of each house, and next to it are the house name and/or model number, plus the price range. Click on the thumbnail to see a full-screen version of the Sears Modern Homes catalog page on which the house appeared and floor plans and descriptions (if available). If you do not know exactly which house you are looking for, be patient. In 1908, Sears did not foresee its houses being searched as part of a historical record, and so its cataloging was not consistent. Illinois: Sears Catalog Homes (Local Legacies: Celebrating Community Roots - Library of Congress) The great American dream has been the owning of a home of your own. Sears Roebuck and Company helped to fulfill this dream for over 100,000 American families by offering for sale 450 different models of built-it-yourself home "kits" between 1908 and 1940.

Downers Grove, Illinois, is the site of about 100 of these Sears Roebuck houses. Originally submitted by: Judy Biggert, Representative (13th District). The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Kit Homes History. Topic: HISTORY OF MODULAR CONSTRUCTION - MODULAR HOMES Home Max Center. Sears, Roebuck homes in the Historic West Side Neighborhood. In 1908, Sears, Roebuck added to their building materials department by offering kit homes. A prospective home builder would review the Modern Homes catalog and choose their model. Home materials would be usually shipped via railroad and carted to the building site. Trolley Tour of Sears Homes in Downers Grove, Illinois. Downers Grove is the Sears Catalog Home Capitol of the World! From 1908 to 1937 one could order a kit to build an entire house from the Sears Catalog. Downers Grove became a primary spot to build these homes as the components were delivered by rail and Downers Grove has 3 train stops.

Most of the 300 Sears Homes assembled in Downers Grove are within four blocks of the Downers Grove Main Street Station. Approximately 100 Sears Catalog Homes still Exist in Downers Grove today and you can take part in the Sears Home Trolley Tour on September 18, 2010 at 9:00 AM. Cost is $12.00 for residents and $18.00 for non residents. To register, see: Sears House. Oh, how we love the old Sears house. The enormous influence of the railroad spurred the booming popularity of "kit homes" sold through the Sears and Roebuck Company.

Over 70,000 "Sears Modern Homes" were sold in North America from 1908 to 1940. The one seen above is located in Reedville, Va. which also has a bunch of preserved Victorians. The houses were ordered out of a catalog with all the materials shipped via train to wherever they were going. Richard Sears used to work as a railroad station manager and used the experience to help invent the mail-order business.

Aladdin, Sears, Lewis/Liberty, Gordon-Van Tine, Wardway. Kit houses were produced in the United States beginning in the first decade of the 20th century. Their popularity lasted into the 1950s, but their heyday was in the 1910s and 1920s. Seven national companies operated during in the period, along with many regional and local companies selling homes in kit form. Sears Homes Enthusiasts. Sears Homes of Illinois - Montgomery Wards Mail-Order Homes. Kit Houses, National Trust for Historic Preservation Library Collection. Search the UMD Libraries website: Hours | My Account | Ask Us!

Windows on the past. The Old House Web Editor's note: RosemaryThornton is one of the country's leading experts on Sears catalog homes. She'salso the author of a new book, "TheHouses That Sears Built: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About SearsCatalogue Homes," published in 2002 by GentleBeam Publications. Text and Photos by Rosemary Thornton The year was 1918. Fueled by the opening of a new coal mine and post-World War I industrialism, Carlinville, Illinois experienced a population explosion. The solution to the resulting housing shortage was uniquely American - pre-cut kit homes ordered from Sears Roebuck & Co. catalogue sales.

How to Identify a Sears Kit Home. Edit Article. Cairo, Illinois: When Bad Things Happen to Little Cities… Sears Modern Homes In Illinois. The Sears Concord was a 1930s kit home that proved to be one of their most popular post-1929 houses. Not surprising, housing starts plunged nationwide in 1932. Finding post-1932 Sears homes can be tough. ‪WICS & Carlinville Sears Homes‬‏ ‪Carlinville, Illinois Sears Houses‬‏ Carlinville's Standard Addition: $1M Worth of Sears Homes. © Rosemary Thornton. Sears Archives Home Page. Sears Catalog Home. A Dazzling Collection of Sears Homes in Northern Illinois. Illinois. The Sears Magnolia, offered from 1918-1922, seems to be a source of a much misinformation and confusion.