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Old 02-11-2013, 03:39 PM   #101
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:39 PM   #102
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How about these?
Steve, that house on the right is *SO* close to being a Sears Elmore but it's just not quite there.

The Sears Crescent was another super popular house. I'm sure you've seen a few of these around town!





Or a Sears Shurburne?





Or perhaps an Avalon?





The Sears Avondale was HUGELY popular:





This is the thing to look for:

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There was a sears barn not to far from me on some state land. They tore it down though. It was in great shape.
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Richard Nixon's childhood home was a kit home, built by his father, and was long thought to be a Sears. But apparently historians haven't been able to find it in the Sears catalog. It's on the grounds of his presidential library, or maybe it's the other way around. Fairly humble beginnings.
Yep I live about 7 miles from that library I will check it out tomorrow maybe post some pics.
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Brand new and have been trying to identify a house
Trying to post a pic
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Got it. Located on Long Island built 1923
Front door bump out possibly added on and possibly a front porch enclosed
Center chimney and half hip throwing me for a loop
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Hey Rose,

Back in 2011 you posted about some multi-families.

Got me wondering. I owned a side by side that had stamps on a lot of the boards (saw during renovation). IIRC the stamp said, "Borden." At the time I thought it was a builder, but maybe a kit?. The house next door had an absolutely identical layout with the exception of hipped dormer roofs instead of shed dormer roofs.

Circa 1913 +/-

Ever heard of a "Borden"?
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Yep I live about 7 miles from that library I will check it out tomorrow maybe post some pics.
Nixon's birth home is *not* a Sears Home. That's a rumor that's been lurking around for a long time. In fact, I've come to believe that it is not a kit home at all.

As to the other photos here, thank you SO much for posting them, but I don't see a kit home in the bunch!

Here's a nice example of an Aladdin kit home, The Brentwood. Isn't it pretty!!??!!

Here's the Brentwood as seen in the 1919 catalog:



And here's the real deal, not far from me in Hampton, VA.



Nice, huh?

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Hey Rose,

Back in 2011 you posted about some multi-families.

Got me wondering. I owned a side by side that had stamps on a lot of the boards (saw during renovation). IIRC the stamp said, "Borden." At the time I thought it was a builder, but maybe a kit?. The house next door had an absolutely identical layout with the exception of hipped dormer roofs instead of shed dormer roofs.

Circa 1913 +/-

Ever heard of a "Borden"?

Wow, I've never heard of a "Borden," but there were countless regional companies selling kit homes through a mail-order catalogs. Some of these were a flash in the pan, but others were quite successful.

Now I have to go check eBay and see if there are any Borden House plan catalogs!

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Bump!

I read this thread years ago when Rose made it and have had the triple corner post porch detail in my head ever since. I always look for it when I see bungalow style homes.
I thought I found one in western NJ recently and craigslist confirms it!
http://newjersey.craigslist.org/reb/5106259617.html

If anybody who knows anything about this stuff could confirm though.... was this actually a Sears Kit home, or was it just stylized to look like one with the roof/porch post details?

At any rate, bump. This is one of my favorite threads on here.
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Love when old threads that I've not read get resurrected! Wonder what the odds of any being in Enid Oklahoma are. We sure have some distinct historic homes here.
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Hats off to you Rose. My grandfather put a few of these together in his time. I was raised in Louisville Ky. and remember many of these. Now close to San Antonio Tx. I know of some right smack on the tracks. Will get some pics next time there. The Dover can't be missed with the entry. Are the tapered column bases a sure sign? Seems that really sticks out in my mind. Also do you know if they offered permastone as I remember him doing a lot of this. He was pretty well rounded as were all carps back then. Sears was the only place he would shop and used to drag me in there to pack lumber. If I was lucky I would get a bag of popcorn and a new cloth apron. Can still see the bins of bridge mix, malted milk balls etc. in the big display bins. Thanks again
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I'm still lurking around here. Don't check in as often as I used to, but I'm still around.

King, I'd love to have any photos you'd like to share.

Here it is, January 1, 2016 and I'm on the laptop looking at pictures of old houses. LOL.

BTW, here's today's jewel: A 1920 Sears Hillrose in Brandy Station, Virginia and it was owned by a Civil War hero, Captain Cunningham.

And there were also Sears Hillroses built in Houghton, NY, Avada, OH, Waterman, IL and Stratford, IO. Haven't found them yet.




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You should pop in more often Rose!


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Thanks, Steve.

I'm still wandering around the country looking for these old gems, and I'm also working on a new book. Between that and every day life, I keep pretty busy.
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Thanks, Steve.

I'm still wandering around the country looking for these old gems, and I'm also working on a new book. Between that and every day life, I keep pretty busy.
Gramps house up here in Davison was a Sears. Stood until the Chebbie dealership tore it down in the 80s.

Are you still actively looking for examples?

If so why?

Appreciate your posts, btw.
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Are you still actively looking for examples?

If so why?


It's my LIFE. This is what I do.

There were about 70,000 Sears kit homes built (1908-1940), and roughly 10% of them have been lost due to demolition or fire. If you add in the kit homes offered by the other national companies (Aladdin, Montgomery Ward, Gordon Van Tine, etc), there are about 250,000 kit homes standing in America today.

Finding them - one by one - is akin to a treasure hunt. And it's a whole lot of fun. Plus, about 75% of the homes' owners didn't know what they had until I told them.

Win win!
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It's my LIFE. This is what I do.

There were about 70,000 Sears kit homes built (1908-1940), and roughly 10% of them have been lost due to demolition or fire. If you add in the kit homes offered by the other national companies (Aladdin, Montgomery Ward, Gordon Van Tine, etc), there are about 250,000 kit homes standing in America today.

Finding them - one by one - is akin to a treasure hunt. And it's a whole lot of fun. Plus, about 75% of the homes' owners didn't know what they had until I told them.

Win win!
12 West St Oxford MI is a Wards house.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/12...67ae58!6m1!1e1
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Glad to see you back Rose. You're threads are always some of my favorites.
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12 West St Oxford MI is a Wards house.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/12...67ae58!6m1!1e1
That may be a Wardway house but it sure doesn't match any designs with which I'm familiar. Wardway sold their last kit home in 1932, and the house in the link looks like it's post-war (WW2).

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