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Old 04-09-2011, 06:47 AM   #61
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So these would probably qualify?

Same neighborhood as the other. I was just now looking around with Google Maps. I suspect this little area has plenty of the Sears homes.
Here is Google maps view of the Roanoke I submitted.
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Great shots Rose,
I'd love to see the framing detail that allowed them to
clear span some of those porch openings.
The variety of posts designs always set these homes
apart from others.
I wish more builders would put some of this detail into
newer homes.Just this simple adjustment would add
so much more curb appeal give every home a sense
of individuality.
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Awesome. Just awesome.

The foursquare is a Sears Gladstone. It's got several distinctive features, such as that single "bonus" window on the first floor. That's a goofy feature that always catches my eye.

And those columns! That's a key as was mentioned above.

Lastly is that oversized hipped dormer with that disproportionately small window.

The Gladstone was one of their most popular homes.







This is a Gladstone in Champaign, IL. This Gladstone is remarkable because it's in PERFECT condition. Often these popular foursquares have their porches enclosed and/or suffer crummy siding jobs and/or replacement windows.

BTW, doesn't anyone besides Tom wanna play?





As to the question regarding the long spans on these front porches, this was a very different quality of framing lumber in these old houses. These houses were made with extraordinarily strong lumber, and in the Sears Homes, the framing members were #1 southern yellow pine (first-growth lumber), from virgin forests in the deep south.

Read more about virgin forests and their incredible quality lumber here.

When these houses are razed, I jump up and down and rant and rave that at the very least, the lumber should be SALVAGED. We will never again seen quality lumber like is found in these early 1900s kit homes.

Weyerhouser brags that due to genetic engineering, they can have a tree ready for harvest is 25 years. Those are the feather-light 2x4s that you find at big box hardware stores.

Contrast and compare that to the lumber you find in the basement of a 90-year-old kit home, where you have to PREDRILL a hole before hammering in nail, lest you bend the nail.

I'm preaching to the choir here...but one of the reasons these spans could be so magnificent is because it was just far better lumber.

In addition to the southern yellow pine framing, these homes had all cypress exteriors (even window sills and corner boards) and the floors in the kitchen and bath were MAPLE tongue and groove.

Just amazing quality lumber.

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Images from Champaign, IL













More here.
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Somehow I have been avoiding these sears homes threads and i just stumbled upon them.. I'm fascinated. I had no idea they even freakin' existed. Are these very rare in Massachusetts? Id love to find some! Thanks for sharing!
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Check this one out in Massachusetts: http://www.searshomes.org/index.php/...n-new-england/

And Connecticut: http://www.searshomes.org/index.php/...n-connecticut/

Sears sold lots of kit homes in and around New England. If I had time, I'd post more photos. Perhaps tomorrow.

And yes, it IS "fascinating." I've been in love with this topic since the 1980s, and have been writing about these kit homes since 1999. In 2003, I was invited to appear on one of the first episodes of "History Detectives" (PBS). Man, that was SOOOOO much fun. Got the star treatment, and got driven around in a stretch limo.

And now I can say, "Perhaps you've seen me on "History Detectives..."

Finding these old Sears Homes in your community is like discovering hidden treasure. It really is all good, and the homeowners are so thrilled to learn that their home is historically significant.

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Not sure if this is a sears home or not but I was working on this house and found a board over the front door very similar to the one in the picture. It was some attorney from Seattle and was dated sometime around the 30's or 40's. Not the best pics of the house but maybe enough to tell if it is or not.
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Check this one out in Massachusetts: http://www.searshomes.org/index.php/...n-new-england/

And Connecticut: http://www.searshomes.org/index.php/...n-connecticut/

Sears sold lots of kit homes in and around New England. If I had time, I'd post more photos. Perhaps tomorrow.

And yes, it IS "fascinating." I've been in love with this topic since the 1980s, and have been writing about these kit homes since 1999. In 2003, I was invited to appear on one of the first episodes of "History Detectives" (PBS). Man, that was SOOOOO much fun. Got the star treatment, and got driven around in a stretch limo.

And now I can say, "Perhaps you've seen me on "History Detectives..."

Finding these old Sears Homes in your community is like discovering hidden treasure. It really is all good, and the homeowners are so thrilled to learn that their home is historically significant.

Rose
I did see that Grafton one on your site. cool stuff. I feel like i drive by these homes everyday, maybe even have worked in some. I wish there were more ways to tell if its a kit home from the exterior! I was looking for columns & brackets today but didnt find any

Some day I'll walk into a customers home and say "wait a minute.."
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These definitely look great! Are they available for resale? This could be a great line to have and be able to offer to your clients. Any resellers of these or any other brands in the new York area?
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This from her web site, I recommend looking at, fascinating history of these old houses....


http://www.searshomes.org/?s=steel


In addition to kit homes, Danville also has prefab homes, such as this Lustron (see below).

“Never before has America seen a house like this,” read a 1949 advertisement for the Lustron, also hailed as “the house of the future.”

The Lustron was an all-steel house, with walls made of 2×2 20-gage metal panels, with a porcelain enamel finish. The roof was porcelain enamel steel, and unlike traditional roofing shingles, has a lifespan of at least 60 years (and perhaps much more).

The modest ranches were designed and created by entrepreneur Carl Strandlunds to help deal with the severe housing shortage after World War II. Unfortunately, Lustrons never became very popular. Three years after the company first started (in 1947), it went into bankruptcy. Sixty years later, there’s still much debate about the reasons for the company’s collapse. The debate over the reasons for Lustron’s demise because a topic for a fascinating documentary.

About 2,500 Lustrons were created.

Quantico, Virginia was home to the largest collection of Lustrons in the country, but those 60 houses are now gone. Some were moved, most were demolished. An interesting aside: Turns out the Marines at Quantico weren’t too keen on living in a pink house! (The houses were offered in pink, blue, brown and yellow.)

On inside walls, nails were a no-no. Instead, magnets are used to hang pictures. The porcelain enamel finish on the 2×2 panels is tough, which makes re-painting the panels virtually impossible. The Lustron (seen below) in Danville was painted, and it’s trying hard to shed this second skin. Painting porcelain enamel never works out too well.


Lustron in Danville
i think i could frame this
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Not sure if this is a sears home or not but I was working on this house and found a board over the front door very similar to the one in the picture. It was some attorney from Seattle and was dated sometime around the 30's or 40's. Not the best pics of the house but maybe enough to tell if it is or not.
I do not recognize the house as a Sears Home, but it's been so modified that it is hard to really be sure.

Please post a picture of the board you found over the front door.
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Rose... I re-installed the board for the next guy to find... kinda like hidden treasure. It probably isn't a sears but the picture of the board w/the name on it was exactly what I found and it got me thinking.
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Rose... I re-installed the board for the next guy to find... kinda like hidden treasure. It probably isn't a sears but the picture of the board w/the name on it was exactly what I found and it got me thinking.

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These are all within a few blocks of our office. Got to tour one a few years ago because we were working on a roof next door and the owner was selling and invited us in. If nothing else, the roof don't leak on those things. Siding details look questionable from the algae stains though.
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Let me know if you'd like the higher resolution versions Rose. I'm torn between the one with the bowling balls, and the pink flamingos.
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Let me know if you'd like the higher resolution versions Rose. I'm torn between the one with the bowling balls, and the pink flamingos.
did you help produce step brothers?
Jimmy miller was in the credits and your picture was one of the guys before
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Sorry Nick. I can only take credit as a huge fan of the movie. I've never had an avatar/pic, but I really need one now to get rid of creepy silhouette guy.

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