Catalog of Homes

WILMORE

5730 Main

4812 Bryan

WHITEHALL

4706 Highland

LEXINGTON

1240 Chicago

4709 Oakwood

1340 Gilbert

BARRINGTON

911 Lincoln

BROOKWOOD

4540 Forest

4905 Parkway

CORNELL

4605 Forest

AVONDALE

4808 Forest

ARLINGTON

4817 Linscott

The ALHAMBRA

4743 Saratoga

COLCHESTER

4641 Seeley

LYNNHAVEN

4716 Lee

AURORA

4725 Stonewall

ROCHELLE

4832 Wallbank

STARLIGHT

4910 Wallbank

1244 Gilbert

819 Randall

MOUNT VERNON

1416 Warren

BELLEWOOD

4927 Montgomery

CEDARS

4929 Montgomery

IVANHOE

744 Maple

MARINA

930 Summit

ELMHURST

5535 Dunham




n 1895 the idea of a self-assembled, mail-order home was realized by companies such as The Hodgson Company, Aladdin Homes, Montgomery Ward, and of course the largest and most successful of these enterprises - Sears, Roebuck and Co.  Between 1908 and 1940 the Sears Roebuck specialty catalog offered more than 450 different models of "kit" homes, and many variations of them with prices ranging from $146.25 for the Golden Rod Cottage up to $5,140 for the Magnolia - the grandest of all homes.

The average kit home had 30,000 parts, not including nails, screws, etc.  It included everything except the lot, foundation and energy to assemble it.  Each precut piece was perfectly shaped, no sawing was required, and all parts were number-keyed to a blueprint.  These ready-to-assemble homes reflected the American taste of the period complete with modern conveniences such as indoor plumbing and electricity.  They were shipped only by rail car to buyers across the country.

Establishing a home's identity can be tricky.  It is unusual to find a house in its original condition.  Many have been remodeled or the original floor plans may have been customized or reversed.  Also, some Sears models are similar to those offered by other mail-order companies.  On the tour, you will notice many homes which have characteristic features similar to the Sears models.  To the best of our knowledge, the homes listed in this online tour have been determined to be Sears Catalog Homes.

 

 

These materials found on this online tour have been prepared without the consent or endorsement of Sears, Roebuck and Co.