The Sears Alhambra was one of Sears’ most popular houses. In fact, I’d say it was one of their top ten best sellers. And, it was a pretty house with a distinctive Spanish flair and with a splash of mission style. If you take away the fancy accoutrements, you’ll see it’s little more than a classic American foursquare.
The first photo is from the 1921 Sears Building Materials catalog. It’s a letter from a happy, happy Alhambra homeowner. (Say that four times fast.)
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This appeared on page 2 of the Sears Building Materials catalog (1921)
Close-up of the letter written by A. C. Goodall.
The beautiful Alhambra - as seen in the 1921 Building Materials catalog.
Sears Alhambra in Portsmouth, Virginia (my home town)
Sears Alhambra as seen in the 1921 Sears Modern Homes catalog.
Like its Virginia cousin, this Alhambra is also painted a light yellow. This pretty house is in Lexington, Virginia.
Another vote for the beige pant job! This perfect Alhambra is in Raleigh.
Stripped of its Alhambra-defining elements, this house in St. Louis looks rather pedestrian.
This Alhambra has also had some of its unique architectural elements stripped away, but you can still see it's an Alhambra!
Sears Alhambra in Gaffney. My favorite color: Lavender!
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