Sears catalog homes sold under the sears modern homes name were catalog and kit houses sold primarily through mail order by sears roebuck and company an american retailersears reported that more than 70000 of these homes were sold in north america between 1908 and 1940. Click here to see dozens of extant photos of sears homes.
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1940 sears catalog homes. Sold about 70000 75000 homes through their mail order modern homes program. Most haunted houses have a dark history. Over that time sears designed 447 different housing styles from the elaborate multistory ivanhoe with its elegant french doors and art glass windows to the simpler goldenrod which served as a quaint three room and no bath cottage for summer vacationers.
Sears has opened the doors to its vast archival collection and invited the public to peek inside. The winchester mystery house in california was built by a widow trying to appease vengeful spirits. In 1908 sears commenced issuing a yearly catalog of house plans and construction supplies.
The lizzie borden house was the site of one of new. Rosemary thornton one of the most notable authorities on sears kit homes has written a short article on getting started finding out if your home was one of the many kit homes sold during the first half of the 20th century. Remember when sears sold mail order homes.
To many sears is the place to buy a washer and dryer a new set of towels or diamond earrings. From 19081940 sears roebuck and co. Home plans sears roebuck and company.
The first catalog contained 22 plans for houses of moderate size and offered to supply specifications and materials. More than 100 years of stories product and brand histories photographs catalog images and more are now available online. The number one question im asked again and again how do you identify a sears kit home.
But for many people in early 20th century america sears. More than 370 different home designs in a wide range of architectural styles and sizes were offered over the programs. Sears roebuck and company colloquially known as sears is a chain of department stores founded by richard warren sears and alvah curtis roebuck in 1893 reincorporated a formality for a history making consumer sector initial public offering by richard sears and new partner julius rosenwald in 1906.
From about 1908 to 1940 sears roebuck plied the materials and kit home market with its home plans and several lines of ready to build kits. This continued until 1940. Formerly based at the sears tower in chicago and currently headquartered in hoffman estates.
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