Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Kit Houses of Cleveland Park

If you live in the Washington DC area, take advantage of this opportunity on October 1, 2017 to hear fellow kit house researcher Catarina Bannier present on kit houses and visit an actual Sears catalog house! Seating is limited so don't miss out!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Kit House Presentations

Catalog images of Sears Stratford
(1929 Special Supplement)
Images courtesy of Antique Home
Interested in hearing us speak about kit houses? What for upcoming presentations. Interested in having us present? Drop us a line!

Michigan Kit Houses
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
7:00 pm
Howell Carnegie District Library

View a list of previous presentations.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Where are the Sears Houses - August 2017 Edition

3 Oak St - Beacon, NY
Sears Lakecrest
Wow, that was quick! It was just over a month ago that the national database of Sears Modern Homes passed the 7,500 home mark. In less than 6 weeks, the list of homes has grown by over 500 homes, passing 8,000. As the members of our group of kit house researchers like to see how they're doing in their respective states, we are revisiting the breakdown of location of houses by state and comparing that to our previous update in June 2017. Let's take a look!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Welcome Boston Globe Readers!

Sears Martha Washington
Quincy, MA
If you landed here from the Boston Globe article about kit houses, check out these links to learn more about what we do and about the history of kit houses.
Sears Alhambra - Milford, Massachusetts
Image courtesy of Zillow
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Thank you for visiting!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sears Elmhurst in Niskayuna, New York

Once upon a time, I thought the Sears Elmhurst was a super rare model offered by Sears Roebuck. It made sense that we wouldn't expect to find more than a handful of them. The Elmhurst is a fairly large house, pricier because it was finished in brick veneer and only offered for a handful of years at a time when home sales were in decline, all factors that would tend to keep the number of houses built down to a small number. But in fact, we've discovered through our research that if the Elmhurst was once considered a rare model, it's a rarity no more. With almost 20 examples located to date, there's more than a handful of them out there. Still, it's an interesting looking house and always fun to find one. So I want to share with you another example of the Elmhurst that I recently came across in Niskayuna, New York.