Help Finding a 1920s Kit Home in Raleigh…

About three months ago, I was driving an elderly friend to Raleigh. We were headed to Peace College for a lecture, and I was coming from the Hampton Inn on Spring  Forest Road and about 1/2 mile from Peace College, I passed this house in a 1920s neighborhood.

It’s a kit home made by Lewis Manufacturing, and I’m trying to figure out where I saw it. For one thing, I’d love to get a photograph of it, and secondly, I saw several other kit homes (like Sears kit homes) in that same area. I’ll be coming back there this weekend to do some more poking around, and I’d love to find it.

I’d be grateful for any help finding this house, The Lewis Marlboro.¬† This was a kit home, and came from a 1920 mail-order catalog. The 12,000 pieces of house would have been shipped by train and came with a 75-page instruction book that told the wanna-be homeowner how all those pieces went together. This house was sold by Lewis Manufacturing of Bay City, Michigan.

Thanks for help. Please leave a comment below, or email me at rosemary.ringer@gmail.com

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Lewis Marlboro

Lewis Marlboro

From the 1921 catalog

From the 1921 catalog

1 Comment

  1. Karen

    Hi, there. I live in Raleigh and am intrigued by your post. My first guess is that this house is in the Mordecai neighborhood, just north of Peace College. I live in another 1920s neighborhood, Cameron Park, but I don’t recognize this house. Any other information about where you might have spotted this? On a main road, in a neighborhood? I am also interested in kit homes, so would love to know where this is. You also may wish to contact Preservation North Carolina for more information (www.presnc.org).