Thursday, April 18, 2019

Kit House Presentations

Catalog images of Sears Stratford
(1929 Special Supplement)
Images courtesy of Antique Home
Interested in hearing us speak about kit houses? Check out our list of upcoming presentations. Interested in having us present? We're scheduling presentations for 2019. Contact us to schedule a presentation in your community!


2019 Scheduled Presentations

Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library
"Hunting for Michigan's Mail Order Homes"
June 24, 2019 - 6:00 pm
St. Joseph, Michigan

Community District Library
June 25, 2019 - 6:00 pm
Corunna Branch

Friends of the Clinton River Trail
June 26, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Sylvan Lake Community Center

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - Evenings with OLLI
"Discover Ann Arbor Area Kit Homes"
August 21, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Kellogg Eye Center
$10 fee to attend

Wayne Historical Society
September 12, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Wayne Historical Museum

View a list of previous presentations.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Where are the Sears Houses - January 2019 Edition

Sears Cedars  - 175 Wetmore Road
Columbus, Ohio
That was fast! It feels like I just wrote up the last update to "Where are the Sears Houses?" and we're already at the 11,000 house mark! Actually, it was three months ago that I shared the last update and since then, another 500 homes have been added to the national database of Sears Roebuck homes. Our crew of kit house researchers didn't hunker down for the winter. Instead, they've been busy finding houses! Here is the breakdown of the location of houses by state based on approximately 11,000 homes in the database. Let's take a look!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Return to Yonkers, New York

42 Seminary Ave - Yonkers, New York
Sears Americus
Back in 2016, I spent quite a bit of time doing research into Sears mortgages for houses built in Yonkers, New York. I covered that research in several posts that I wrote detailing the number of mortgages, the number of houses located and a breakdown by model. Recently, I took some time to return to those mortgages in Yonkers that I had not yet pinned down to a location. Using some new resources, some tried-and-true favorites, and a couple of years of additional experience finding and identifying kit houses, I was able to locate quite a few more Sears houses in Yonkers, pushing the total number of identified Sears houses to over 100! Among the new finds are homes from some of the other kit house manufacturers including Aladdin, Lewis and Montgomery Ward (Wardway). Let's take a look at the updated numbers!