Exciting things happening in Alton, IL!

Here in Alton, I’m working with the a local historical group to put together a “driving tour” of the Sears kit homes in Alton. With the virus concerns, what better way to continue with their wonderful tradition of highlighting this city’s remarkable and unique architecture!

If you want to contact Rose, you can find her on Facebook, via the group “Sears Kit Homes.”



A beautiful example of the Sears Dover, in Alton, IL.


Good-looking house (1938 Sears Modern Homes catalog)



One of my long-time favorites is this Sears Modern Home #118, the former site of the Springman Lumber Company.


Here’s the SMH #118, as seen in the 1916 Modern Homes catalog.


One of my long-time favorites, this little Sears “Starlight” is in almost perfect (original) condition.


The Sears Starlight was hugely popular for Sears (1928 catalog).


This mostly original Lorain is in Alton, not far from the old train station.


The 1930s Lorain had a rounded dormer, but the 1940 catalog shows the more traditional gabled dormer.


Alton “Wardway #106” which is hidden by the trees, so I resorted to Google Images.


The #106 as seen in the 1916 Wardway catalog.



  1. Laura (So Ca)


    So happy to see and hear you doing so well in this video. You are a natural story teller, and I am so happy you are on the other side of your tumultuous rollercoaster ride. Evidently, you are a cat, with 8 more lives remaining.

    Some people etch a place in your heart, and you my dear are a very special lady. I am elated you came back to finish this life. The world would be a darker place without you.

    Your biopsy story, including the transformation of Milton, and your “and they all lived happily ever after” was so uplifting, and so needed.

    That’s who you are, Rosemary, a bright star. You go girl!

  2. Lucky 312-217-0078


    My name is Lucky. My grandfather was an architect and he fueled my love of Sears homes. Do you know of Anyone who replicates pre fab sears home? I am doing an experiment in Gary, Indiana on a vacant lot I own.

    Thank you in advance for your cooperation

  3. Rebecca

    I have just discovered your site. My husband and I live in #158 Sears Home.

  4. Juan

    Hello, I have a question about kit homes in general that doesn’t fit this category. Can you please contact me using my email? Thank you.

  5. Robert L Patterson Jr

    Hi. I live in Alton, and I own a house built in 1924. It’s the Lewis Homes “San Fernando.” It’s a great home in almost original condition. Feel free to come take a look.

  6. Pamela A Kirk Cool

    I live in Wytheville, VA. Wytheville has 2 Magnolia Sears Magnolia models. One is on Church St. and has been a funeral home since 1921. He said it cost $3500. The gentleman who showed us the inside parlors says it was built in 1905. The second Magnolia is a B & B on Main St. and a third one was either torn down or burned down.

  7. Pamela A Kirk Cool

    I apologise. After comparing the Magnolia to the Sears house used as a funeral home, the two in Wytheville are not Magnolias. But the exterior and floor plan are very similar between the Wytheville house and the Magnolia. The Magnolia must have been altered from the older model that is in Wytheville.