Harmony in House Design: The Sears Concord

The Sears Concord was a 1930s kit home that proved to be one of their most popular post-1929 houses.

Not surprising, housing starts plunged nationwide in 1932. Finding post-1932 Sears homes can be tough. That’s why it’s an extra thrill to find a Sears Concord. These were offered from about 1930 to the final years of the Sears Modern Homes program, 1940.

Below are some pictures of the Sears Concord.


The Sears Concord as it appeared in the 1936 Sears Modern Homes catalog.


The Sears Concord could be had for $30 a month in 1933. This image is from the tiny (billfold size) Sears Modern Homes catalog that was issued in late 1932.

Sears Concord in Nashville, Illinois

Sears Concord in Nashville, Illinois. Note water tower peeking up from the back of the house.


A cold Concord in Elgin, Illinois.


This is a photo from the 1933 World's Fair (Century of Progress) in Illinois. The Sears Concord was built and open to the public. Judging from the crowd, this was a popular attraction. Note the stadium lights in the background. Apparently all Concords have some kind of industrial background items springing up behind them.

If you know anything more about the photo above, please drop me a note. My email is thorntonrose@hotmail.com.

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  1. Larry DeLamarter

    I would like to know more about the Sears Farnum. I recently purchased a 1926 Farnum which I am renovating. I would like to share photos etc.

  2. Susan Greminger

    I was very excited to see this article on the Concord. I live in a 1930’s Concord in Michigan.

    It has been altered a lot over the years but we have the original plans and other info about the house so we know what has been changed. Ours was built with bricks and a reverse plan.

    We had always been told that the original owners of the house went to the World’s Fair, fell in love with the house and ordered in on the spot, but we could never prove it. That picture thrilled us. Thanks for the article.

  3. Val Rendel

    Hi Rosemary,

    I’d LOVE to use this photo in my book about Sears! How can I get permission, please?