Sears Catalog Homes and More

Sears Catalog Homes and More

Info on early 20th century catalog homes We are trying to identify catalog homes in northwest Louisiana. Everyone is welcome to post and help us in our endeavor.
ElizaBeth Guin
Internet Archive Search: (collection:buildingtechnologyheritagelibrary OR mediatype:buildingtechnologyheritagelibrary) AND -mediatype:collection - http://www.archive.org/search...
ElizaBeth Guin
Aladdin Company of Bay City - Researching History Of Your Own Home - http://clarke.cmich.edu/resourc...
Joe Evans
Catalog Homes: Elementary Lesson Plans from the Wisconsin Historical Society - http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/teacher...
Catalog Homes: Elementary Lesson Plans from the Wisconsin Historical Society - http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/teachers/lessons/elementary/catalog_home.asp
U.S. Mail Order and Catalog Homes in the Early 20th Century The "Wisconsin Historic Buildings" an eight week online course, sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Society in partnership with the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth, Inc (WCATY) was held during the Fall 2001 semester for WCATY youth members. The course encompassed both workshop attendance and participation in on-line instructional activities as well as the presentation of a final project. This course, designed for students in grades 8-11 interested in historic buildings gave them the opportunity to discover and apply their interest in history and architecture by focusing on Wisconsin built structures. Using "Wisconsin's Built Environment" as a guide, the course content introduced students to architectural historic preservation topics as they relate to larger themes in Wisconsin History. - Joe Evans from Bookmarklet
How cool!! - ElizaBeth Guin
Hey - they didn't invite me!!! - Rosemary Thornton
Hopefully they're just slow. I need to look into Louisiana's Historical Society. - Joe Evans
Joe Evans
Thanks for finding our little group, Rosemary. You were an inspiration to us throughout our cataloging.
Rosemary Thornton
The most perfect Sears Dover that I have ever seen, and here it is - with a slate roof! - in West Virginia.
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Rosemary Thornton
And this is the ONLY Sears Chateau that I've ever seen, anywhere, anytime. It was in Charleston, WV.
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Rosemary Thornton
A perfect Sears Alhambra - in brick - in Richmond, VA.
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Rosemary Thornton
A picture-perfect Sears Lexington in West Virginia. The first image is from a 1932 Sears Modern Homes catalog. The second is the actual photo, taken by Rosemary Thornton in 2009.
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Rosemary Thornton
Shipping label from a Sears Homes. Note, the words "Sears" don't appear anywhere on this label, but the return address is 925 Homan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois - which was Sears address.
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Amanda Paul
Sears Homes Old Catalog The Old House Web - http://www.oldhouseweb.com/archite...
That's me, too! - Rosemary Thornton
ElizaBeth Guin
How To Find Sears Modern Homes - http://www.oldhouseweb.com/archite...
How To Find Sears Modern Homes
Some tips on some Sears homes characteristics - ElizaBeth Guin
And that photo is from my article at Old House Web! Wow. - Rosemary Thornton
ElizaBeth Guin
Tiny white tiles and big soaking tubs - http://www.oldhouseweb.com/archite...
Tiny white tiles and big soaking tubs
Tiny white tiles and big soaking tubs
Tiny white tiles and big soaking tubs
Take a look at these original interior features of a Sears' Whitehall -- you'll love it Aubrey! - ElizaBeth Guin
I don't know how to post my links yet, and I would like to ask people if they know whether or not the catalog companies which provided financing for their homes required information about peoples' gender, race, or ethnicity. I know that Sears did not. - Heather Johnson
Is there something special about five panel doors? Nearly ever door in my house is a five panel door, and the rest are replacements in the 1967 addition part of the house. - Ryan Smith
Hey - I wrote that article!!! :) - Rosemary Thornton
Rosemary Thornton
Sears Argyle in Norfolk, VA (near Ocean View).
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Rosemary Thornton
Sears Lebanon, in Norfolk, VA.
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Rosemary Thornton
Sears Whitehall in Norfolk, VA.
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Rosemary Thornton
Sears Americus (with a bunch of ugly vinyl siding added), in Norfolk, VA.
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Rosemary Thornton
The Sears Altona, a not-very-popular design. This one is in Ronceverte, WV (near the Virginia border).
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Rosemary Thornton
And a vintage photo of 24 Sears Homes in a row in Wood River, IL.
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Rosemary Thornton
And I see below that someone has posted a catalog pic of The Leland/Durant. Here's one "in the flesh" in Lewisburg, WV.
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Rosemary Thornton
In fact, more than 80% of the people who think they live in a Sears kit home are wrong. Often they live in a kit home from another company.
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Rosemary Thornton
And there were the other companies, too - such as Aladdin and Gordon Van Tine.
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Rosemary Thornton
Actually, Sears Homes are not prefab homes, but pre-cut kit homes. There's a big difference. :) BTW, nice group! Rose Thornton, author The Houses That Sears Built.
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ElizaBeth Guin
ElizaBeth Guin
Fwd: Internet Archive: Details: Keith's magazine on home building - http://ia301335.us.archive.org/3... (via http://friendfeed.com/ebethgu...)
ElizaBeth Guin
Fwd: Daniel D. Reiff: Houses from Books: Treatises, Pattern Books, and Catalogs in American Architecture, 1738–1950: A History and Guide - http://www.psupress.org/books... (via http://friendfeed.com/ebethgu...)
ElizaBeth Guin
Fwd: Lewis Manufacturing - 1922 House Plans - Kit homes - Lewis Liberty - http://www.antiquehomestyle.com/plans... (via http://friendfeed.com/ebethgu...)
Joe Evans
National Register of Historical Places - LOUISIANA (LA), St. James County - http://www.nationalregisterofh...
National Register of Historical Places - LOUISIANA (LA), St. James County - http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/LA/St.+James/state.html
LOUISIANA - St. James County Bay Tree (added 1991 - Building - #91001738) 3785 LA 18, Vacherie Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering Architect, builder, or engineer: Unknown Architectural Style: Greek Revival, Other Area of Significance: Architecture Period of Significance: 1850-1874 Owner: Private Historic Function: Domestic Historic Sub-function: Single Dwelling Current Function: Domestic Current Sub-function: Single Dwelling - Joe Evans from Bookmarklet
Joe Evans
Guide to Manuscript Sources for Railroad History Research, University Libraries, Virginia Tech - http://spec.lib.vt.edu/railroa...
Guide to Manuscript Sources for Railroad History Research The records of the Norfolk & Western and Southern railways, their subsidiaries and predecessors have been returned to Norfolk Southern Corp. (NS), which is consolidating its historical materials into a corporate archive in Atlanta. Under the terms of agreements established in the early 1980s between NS and Virginia Tech, the historical records of the Norfolk & Western Railway Company and the Southern Railway Company were deposited in the University Libraries' Special Collections while NS retained ownership of the materials. We are updating our web pages to reflect our resources currently available for railroad history and directing inquiries to the contact person Archives1@nscorp.com with questions about materials now in the NS corporate archive. - Joe Evans from Bookmarklet
Joe Evans
Trains and Railroads in 1900s - http://www.altoona.k12.wi.us/schools...
Trains and Railroads in 1900s - http://www.altoona.k12.wi.us/schools/Middle/departments/7&8/solfest/crescent/eau%20claire%201900/Page2.htm
Local railroads had a tremendous impact on small communities. The early railroads were used just for logging at first, but soon became used for transportation. The old railroads were organized by Nathaniel Caldwell Foster, who was once one of the areas best businessman. His first railroad was built in 1879. - Joe Evans from Bookmarklet
Joe Evans
Home Sweet Catalog Home - St Louis Magazine - September 2006 - St. Louis, Missouri - http://www.stlmag.com/media...
Unless you happen to be an architecture buff or a historian, you’ve probably never heard of the Sears Modern Homes catalog houses that an estimated 75,000 Americans bought between 1908 and 1940. By the late 1920s, do-it-yourself houses ordered from a catalog lined the streets of such new suburbs as Kirkwood, Webster Groves and Ferguson. Today, metro St. Louis alone has some 300 identified Sears houses, including the 192 built by Standard Oil for its employees in Carlinville, Wood River and Standard City, Ill., in what is the largest cluster in the United States. It turns out that most current Sears-house owners aren’t even aware of their homes’ origins. Alton-based historian and writer Rosemary Thornton has been scouring the Midwest and Northeast in search of Sears houses and their owners since the late 1990s. I’ve read her book The Houses That Sears Built: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sears Catalog Homes and heard tales of her house-detective work. Now I want to meet the Miss Marple of Sears ho - Joe Evans from Bookmarklet
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