December 9, 2014

The Top 10 Articles of 2014

As the year comes to a close, let's reveal our top 10 most popular articles of 2014 and what you, the readers, flocked to.

Most Viewed Articles

1    A New Sears Avalon in Wisconsin

7    Even More Sears Homes in Barrington

8    A Backwards Gordon-Van Tine in Waukegan

9    Jimmy Carter's Boyhood Home


Interestingly, most of the articles you enjoyed reading were not the ones that I particularly enjoyed researching. My personal top 10 for 2014 are, in no particular order...

The Best Articles of 2014, According to Lara

1    A Testimonial House in Irving Park and a Family Victimized by the "Black Widow"

7    It's Two, Two, Two Houses in One

8    The Beauty of Verona (the House, That Is)

9    Strange Marked Lumber in a Sears Somerset


We invite you to join us in 2015 and see what other Sears homes are hiding out there. Happy Holidays!


An authenticated Sears Berwyn, built in 1931 at 194 Lake Street, Lake Saranac, NY. Photo courtesy of M. Wanner.








For the Sears house connection to "A Christmas Story", click here!





December 2, 2014

Kit Homes on the Market in Homewood

Homewood has a nice collection of Sears houses. In fact, Sears named one of their models "The Homewood", although I have yet to find a Homewood in Homewood.

There are two kit houses currently for sale in Homewood--one from Sears Roebuck and one from Harris Brothers.

1519 Linden Road, Homewood. Photo courtesy of Realtor site.


Sears Homestead, from the 1940 catalog.

According to the assessor, this Homestead was built in 1931, which would have been the first year the model was sold.

November 25, 2014

Sears Verona in Oak Park

H.F. Meacham of Oak Park sent a letter to Sears in 1921 regarding his experience buying an Honor Bilt home and how much money he saved by doing so.

Testimonial letter by H.F. Meacham of Oak Park, Illinois. Scan courtesy of Andrew Mutch.




Meacham included a photo with his letter. Meacham did not live in this house; his brother lived in the Sears Preston shown. Meacham lived in the Dutch Colonial next door.


Photo of "The Preston" that Meacham sent into Sears. Meacham actually lived in the house next door, marked with the arrow. Scan courtesy of Andrew Mutch.




November 18, 2014

A White... er... Red Beauty in Oak Park

Kit home researcher Andrew Mutch was kind enough to share a Sears home testimonial from a poster he recently bought on eBay.

Testimonial letter by H.F. Meacham of Oak Park, Illinois. Scan courtesy of Andrew Mutch.


Photo of "The Preston" that Meacham sent into Sears. Only one shutter has been attached at this point. Scan courtesy of Andrew Mutch.

 
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