Not a bad deal to buy 1,200 square feet of kit house for less than $1,000, even in 1916!
The Sears Niota – despite its being a good value and a cute house – was not a popular model for Sears. And yet, according to a small promotional ad that appeared in the 1916 catalog, the Niota had been built in Elmhurst, IN, Westerville, Ohio, Indianapolis, IN, Napleton, MN and Springfield, MO.
And in Wood River, Illinois, too.
The house was offered in StoneKote, which was Sears own stucco-type covering. As with most of the kit homes, buyers could opt for stucco, block, brick, stone or wood. Today, way too many of these homes are now covered with substitute sidings (such as aluminum or vinyl), which makes identification even more difficult.
To read more about the many Sears Homes in Wood River (and Amoco), click here.
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To learn more about my Aunt Addie, click here.
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The front porch and in particular the heavy columns make this home unattractive to me. It doesn’t come across to me as a “friendly” home.