Thursday, December 10, 2020

Model Homes - Sears Roebuck

Sears Maplewood
Lansing, Michigan
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Modern residential builders often advertise their model homes to help spur interest in their new developments. Staffed with sales people, these homes - often with all the bells and whistles included - are open to the public to explore in the hope of enticing prospective homebuyers. Things weren't much different in the kit house era of the 1920s - 1940s. In some cases, developers of new subdivisions of the era built and featured a kit house (or houses) as an example of the style of home that could or would be built in the new development. 

Kit house companies also teamed up with some of their customers who allowed their new homes to be used as model homes. Often times, this meant opening one's new house to visitors from near and far, sometimes thousands in number, over a period of a couple weeks. Presumably, once the tours were done, the house would be made like new. Not as common but also done were models that were built without a prospective customer in mind. These model homes are notable because they often pop up in searches about the kit house companies in historic newspapers. Let's take a look! 

Since the articles that accompany these houses often provide a lot of interesting facts and background information about the houses, I've decided to put together a list of model homes that have been documented. While this isn't necessarily comprehensive, I will try to include as many as possible. I've grouped these first by year and then by state. I've tried to limit the houses to examples that were specifically called out as a model house versus houses that were featured for one reason or another but were not open to the public to tour. If you know of other examples, feel free to share them in the comments so I can add them to the list! 

New York Times - May 1922


New York
  • Garden City: Crescent at 54 Hathaway Dr
  • Garden City: Homeville at 5 Colvin Dr


New York
  • Hamburg (Mount Vernon on the Lake): Alhambra at 4763 Clifton Parkway
  • Hamburg (Mount Vernon on the Lake): Verona at 4520 Lakeshore Rd


  • Bexley: Tarryton at 303 N Cassingham Rd



  • Silverton: Dover at 6777 Siebern Ave
  • Silverton: Willard at 6773 Siebern Ave


  • Calumet City: Lewiston at 1555 Kenilworth Dr
  • Rockford: Mitchell at 311 N Johnston Ave
  • Centerville: Lewiston at 5180 W US 40 Highway
  • Hammond: Rochelle at 2715 164th Pl
  • South Bend: Dover at 1316 E Calvert St
  • Lansing (Delta Township): Maplewood (customized) at 623 Harriet Ave
  • University City: Elmhurst at 7260 Northmoor Dr
New Jersey
  • Brigantine: Elmhurst at 1903 Brigantine Ave 
  • North Plainfield: Lewiston at 261 N Jackson St
New York
  • Albany (Rensselaer) - Lewiston at 20 Mountainview Ter
  • Rochester: Lynnhaven at 98 Lyndale Dr


  • Munster: Wardway Yorkton at 1425 Ridge Rd (Yes, Sears built a house that matched a Wardway model for a model house!)
  • Lansing: Maplewood (customized) at 919 Durant St
Washington DC
  • Bedford at 4923 Massachusetts Ave NW
  • Milwaukee: Bellewood at 3707 S 19th St
  • Milwaukee: Custom design at 3757 S 19th St




  • West Allis: Custom design at S 76th St


New York
  • East Rockaway: Custom design at 75 Carman Ave

  • Glenshaw: Custom design at 105 W Glenn Ave


  • Indianapolis: Mayfield at 1509 N Gladstone Ave
  • Muncie: Amherst at 225 N Alden Rd
New Jersey
  • Highland Park: Custom at 100 Woodbridge Ave
  • Raritan: Lynn at 8 Bell Ave
  • South River: Dover at 54 James St
New York
  • Hampton Manor: Crafton at 275 Spring Ave E
  • Hampton Manor: Stuyvesant at 271 Spring Ave E
  • Larchmont: Strathmore at 33 Coolidge St
  • North Tonawanda: Milford at 234 Lindsay Pl


  • Indianapolis: Cape Cod at 5406 Shelby St
  • Indianapolis: Ellsworth at 5824 E Michigan St
  • Indianapolis: Lewiston at 8181 Rosemead Ln
  • Indianapolis: Wilmore at 4017 Brookville Rd
  • Rockford: Cape Cod at 2016 Ridge Ave
New Jersey


  • Lansing: Parkside at 2437 S Washington Ave
  • Bethlehem: Falmouth at 2129 Glendale Ave

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