Hey - thanks for posting a link to my site on Sears Homes! It's a topic that's near and dear to my heart. I've written six books on this topic and it makes me ***VERY*** happy to see contractors paying attention to Sears Homes.
More than 90% of the people living in these homes don't realize what they have. There are 70,000 of these Sears Homes in the country, and they're a fascinating piece of American history.
They were shipped in 30,000 pieces of house (via rail) and came with a 75-page instruction book, and a promise that a "man of average abilities" could have the house assembled and ready for occupancy in 90 days.
Today, the only way to find these homes is literally one by one. There are 370 designs of Sears Homes and when I decided that Sears Homes would be my LIFE (and they are), I memorized each of those 370 designs, so I can now identify them by site.
Thanks again for the post. Keep a keen eye out for those numbers on the lumber! And let me know if you find a Sears Magnolia!
Those are Lustron Homes.There are a bunch of the enameled steel ones around here and the block ones with red mortar.