Make That FIVE Sterling Kit Homes in Anderson, South Carolina.

In yesterday’s blog, I talked about the four Sterling kit homes that I found in Anderson, South Carolina.

Click here to read more about that.

Well, when I was in Anderson, I took a photo of another house that I couldn’t readily identify, but it triggered a memory. This morning, I sat down and went through the 1928 Sterling Homes catalog and realized that my “triggered memory” was The Sterling Classic. This now represents the FIFTH house from Sterling Homes that I found in Anderson.

It’s a pretty distinctive house and there’s little doubt (especially with the other four houses) that this could be anything but another Sterling Home.

Again I wonder – how in the world did Anderson – 800 miles due south from Bay City, Michigan, end up with so many Sterling Homes? And are there MORE than five? I’m sure there are. My knowledge of Sterling Homes is truly pitiable. My buddy Dale Wolicki is the expert on Sterling.

But even a blind squirrel finds an acorn from time to time, and I happened to find five Sterlings in Anderson. I’m confident there are many more.

And if anyone can get me a better photo of this little house, I’d be profoundly grateful.  🙂

The FIFTH Sterling kit house in Anderson is the Classic (1928 catalog).

The FIFTH Sterling kit house in Anderson is the "Classic" (1928 catalog).


Nice floorplan, too.

Nice floorplan, too.


The Classic

The Classic had several distinctive features, such as the two matching "picture" windows on the home's front and that small, low dormer. But most distinctive is that front porch. The four piers extend beyond the home's walls and the porch column sits within those four piers. Now that's very unusual.


The close

Close-up on that unusual feature.


And heres the Classic in Anderson.

And here's the "Classic" in Anderson.


Take a look at the front porch detail.

Take a look at the front porch detail. It shows that column sitting within the space created by the four piers. This is a good match!!

Again – how did Anderson end up with so many Sterling Homes? I’d love to know.

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To read more about the Sterling Homes in Anderson, click here.

If you’re able to get me a better photo of this house, please leave a comment below!

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  1. Rachel Shoemaker

    Awesome! You might check Arlington, Va. for Sterling homes as well. I know where there are two and possibly three Sterling homes all side by side. That 1928 catalog is a beauty isn’t it 🙂

  2. Kathrine Gathro

    I live in Arlington, VA, and am the second owner of what I thought was a Sears kit house from 1937.

    But, with Rachel’s help, I found out I live in a Sterling kit house known as a Ma Cherie!

    It’s been a great 31 years living there and it is now for sale. The two house next to us are also Sterlings! Such a great joy to live in this beautiful house! Check it out:

  3. davidsin62

    Another Sears house (don’t know if they were all Sterling) is on Reed Road in Anderson, SC.

    It has always been hard to see because it has a huge elaborate fence around it and is off the road a good bit.

    My understanding is that it has been enlarged multiple times, so don’t know how much of it is original.

  4. Frances E Meister

    I grew up in this house!!!!