Montgomery Ward’s Mail-Order Homes

Christmas is coming. Sooner than you think. And I have just the thing for that “hard-to-shop-for” friend or relative. A book with hundreds of pictures of old houses! Old Montgomery Ward Kit Houses! To buy the book, click here. * * * * * * * * To buy the...

Hopeless in Hopewell (Part 72)

“Sears sold about 70,000 kit homes during their 32 years in the kit house business,” I tell folks at my lectures, “but judging from my emails, you’d think that number was 70 million kit homes.” Some people really, really, really want...

Warning: Not For the Faint of Heart!

Dale and Rebecca found Sears Modern Home #174 while out tooling around in Iowa City a few weeks ago. I have nothing more to add. I’ll let the pictures tell the sad story. But I warn you – do NOT scroll down unless you have a strong stomach! Graphic images...

Where Is This Little House?

Come August 2014, this website will celebrate its fourth birthday, and one of my very first posts at this site was about this little mystery house in Ohio (shown below). Unfortunately, I never did find this house, or learn anything about the couple in the photo. I...