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A Sears Olivia in Springfield

A Sears Olivia in Springfield

I first started out on my quest to locate houses purchased from the Sears Modern Homes catalog here in my hometown of Springfield, Ohio in 2010.  I already knew I lived in a Sears Jeanette model, discovered by my daughter while she was researching small house plans on the Internet a couple of years earlier. […]

A Sears Conway in Springfield

A Sears Conway in Springfield

You know, I hardly ever post about Sears Houses here in my hometown of Springfield, the place where my love of these homes started.  I really need to prioritize better. But today, after getting a reminder about a house I noticed last year, I decided to show you this one. People, I have driven past […]

A Home Builders Davenport in Springfield

A Home Builders Davenport in Springfield

Collaboration has helped me identify another pattern book home built right here in my hometown of Springfield. Well, sort of. Recently I was included in a group text message between a few other Sears House researchers, asking for input about a brick home that one of said researchers had questions about.  “Did anybody recognize it” […]

Gunnison Homes in Springfield

Gunnison Homes in Springfield

Gunnison Magic Homes- Gunnison Homes- United States Steel Homes I had heard about Gunnison Homes.  I had even been in one, when it was listed for sale a while back.  But I thought they were just some plain old Pre-Fabricated House from the 1950’s, and not of much interest.  But twice this Summer, they came […]

Is this a Sears No. 123? (Richmond, Indiana)

Is this a Sears No. 123? (Richmond, Indiana)

Summer is here!  And that means day trips!  Not always to look for Sears Houses, but that seems to happen along the way wherever I go.    And that’s what happened this week.  I had a great girl’s day out with a couple of good friends.  The idea was to go antiquing in Richmond, Indiana. […]

A Sears Gladstone in Springfield

A Sears Gladstone in Springfield

My last blog post was about a lovely Sears Langston model in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky.  The Langston had what I call a companion model, the Gladstone. Sears altered the floor plan of the Langston a bit, updated the look of the front porch,  renamed the house the Gladstone, then offered it in subsequent years. I already […]

The Sears Ardara

The Sears Ardara

The Ardara has been chosen by many professional and business men because of its practical arrangement. The Ardara was offered in the Sears Modern Homes catalogs from 1919 until 1930.  This one story home had some unique exterior features including the “graceful roof line” over the porch and arched trellises above the front windows. The […]

A Sears Concord in Springfield

A Sears Concord in Springfield

When I first started this crazy hobby, I would spend hours and hours scanning real estate listings across Ohio, hoping to spot a Sears Modern Home.  And occasionally, I would find one.  But through the years, that practice has gone to the bottom of my list as a way to locate these types of homes. […]

Sears Westly models in Ohio

Sears Westly models in Ohio

This two-story bungalow is built on a concrete block foundation and is sided with narrow beveled clear cypress siding.  All rooms on both floors are light and airy. The Westly model was available through Sears Roebuck for almost 20 years.  It first appeared, to my knowledge anyway, in the 1913 Modern Homes catalog, as the […]

The Chantilly from Home Builders

The Chantilly from Home Builders

Sometimes my quest to locate houses purchased as kits through mail order catalogs gets a bit off track.  Like usually.   The reason is because along with seeing loads of images of kit houses on the internet, you also see loads of catalog illustrations from regular ole’ pattern (0r plan) books. Pattern books have been […]

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