Springfield

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 […]

The beginning…….

The beginning…….

A few years back, I discovered that the little cottage style home I owned had a unique history.  It had been purchased as a kit from Sears and Roebuck.  It’s a really long story how it all came about, but that’s not what this initial blog is all about.  It’s about how I got started […]