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Old 01-02-2016, 08:31 AM   #121
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Hey Rose,

I just read the transcripts for a story you did on PBS House Detectives. I formerly lived in the same neighborhood in Akron featured there. They said there were 3 exclusive Sears designs offered in Firestone Park. Do you remember which ones they were? Did you find any other houses there that were from Sears?
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Old 01-02-2016, 08:41 AM   #122
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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).
"Wards" is what the landlord said. It had 3" interior stud walls. Found that out when I replaced interior doors with prehungs. Also part of a shipper label on one jamb. Looked like newsprint. odd numbers written on it.

Right behind and parallel to that street is an abandoned rail line, now called the "Polly Ann Trail".

Originally, the land would have been rail land, and recollection is that someone in town said that's why these little houses were put up there. There is a rail heading just 2000 ft away, because lots of grain got shipped out on it.

It's definitely pre-war. Part of the foundation is rubble stone, some hand-mixed concrete, a real mish-mash.
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I always wanted to know who designed these houses!! I have a buddy who owns a non profit preserving the lumber / material from these houses and sells them to local builders / remodelers who want to restore and preserve historic Detroit. If you ever go to Detroit / Flint / Saginaw / Pontiac or anywhere within these areas, you will see several thousand of these homes being neglected and torn down. It's quite sad, but things are changing and taking a positive turn, so hopefully we will see more of these houses restored in upcoming years!
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These homes have got to be all over the place in my neck of the woods, Grand Rapids, MI. I bet my grandfather even built many of them himself being he was a carpenter here all his life. I'll definitely be paying more attention, thanks Rose!
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I just found this thread, very cool! Thank you for getting all this info together, Rose.

I feel like half of central nj is made of these houses. If they aren't kits, they sure do look like them

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My mom's parents bought a Sears home out of the catalog in the 1920's I believe. My grandfather did most of the work himself in Cleveland, OH.
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My mom's parents bought a Sears home out of the catalog in the 1920's I believe. My grandfather did most of the work himself in Cleveland, OH.




That was the era when Americans had the can do mentality and neighbor helped neighbor. Unfortunately,that mindset is pretty much gone now,I read somewhere that the loss of that perspective spelled the end of the kit homes and pretty much nothing else caused it. Sad.
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Just a bump, Rose has requested log in assistance to get back to our community. Looking forward to her posts!
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Just a bump, Rose has requested log in assistance to get back to our community. Looking forward to her posts!


That would be great,always enjoyed her and this topic on CT. Hope she gets plugged back in.
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That is terrific. Hi Rose!

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That is terrific. Hi Rose!

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Thanks so very much for the kind words! It really brightened my day!

It's been a rough couple years and I think my account went inactive. Many thanks to Cricket and Jay for getting me back into this site.

Here's the Reader's Digest version:

My idiot husband (a lawyer) was not the man that I thought he was and was playing a lot of stupid games - secretly. When he found out that the gig was up, he put a Glock in his mouth. I lost my mind for a time, but now - three years later - things are starting to smooth out.

Now, I am living in a nice little house in Suffolk, Virginia and planning to move one more time - somewhere out west. Too many memories here.

Now to the important stuff - SEARS!

When they went into bankruptcy, I was inundated with interview requests from the media. For a couple weeks, I was doing 2-3 interviews a day. And I sold a lot of books.

I'm of the opinion that their fall from grace is tragic. Sears is (was) such a big part of what shaped 20th Century America. In the early 1900s, they were the "Amazon" of the times. Richard Warren Sears was my hero, and did so much good.

Those pretty little kit houses that I love so much are a testament to what Sears did for America. Those 12,000-piece kits from Sears enabled all manner of working class people to become homeowners that would otherwise have never had the opportunity.

Here's one of my favorite (and rare) Sears kit homes and it's in Michigan.




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A little history of the Sears mansion : His old summer home in Grayslake Il. fell to the wrecking ball. For over 30 years it was a restaurant and event destination (back in 1979 I stood up to a friend's wedding there).

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Read this whole thread yesterday, saw the Dover example and recalled 2 houses in town that have that distinctive roof. Went by today, and sure enough, looks like both are a match. I know the guy who owns the one that still has the arched door. I'll find out if he knows it's a Sears home next time I see him.

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Hi Rose, good to see you again.
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Read this whole thread yesterday, saw the Dover example and recalled 2 houses in town that have that distinctive roof. Went by today, and sure enough, looks like both are a match. I know the guy who owns the one that still has the arched door. I'll find out if he knows it's a Sears home next time I see him.
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Hi Southbluff,

That first one sure looks like a good match! Unfortunately, I can't see the foyer angle in your second photo. This little Cape Cod with the clipped gable was such a common design that it's not always a "Sears kit house" and differences in the pitch of that foyer roofline is one of the ways you can figure out what's what.

What city is this in?

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