Peace Pipes and Fourplexes: The Calumet

The Calumet is a rare Sears kit house that was offered for a brief time in the late 1910s and early 1920s. Sears did offer a few apartment buildings (yes, as kits), and the Calumet was one of them. My favorite feature of the Sears Calumet is the wall-bed, and the...

All Things Considered…

Monday evening, a 50-second snippet of my interview with NPR radio host Jon Kalish, was featured on NPR’s program, All Things Considered. I haven’t had the nerve to listen to it yet, but I’m told that the program was well done. If you’d like to...

So Many Kit Homes in Waynesboro!

Earlier this year, I had occasion to stop and visit Waynesboro and I found a few fine-looking Sears Homes.  Several days later, fellow kit house aficionado and researcher Linda Ramsey drove to the area and found four more kit Homes! (To see pictures, scroll down.) On...

The Bellewood: A Happy Combination!

“The Bellewood is another happy combination of a well laid out floor plan with a modern exterior” (1932 Sears Modern Homes catalog). And it’s also a real cutie-pie of a house.  With only 1,000 square feet of living area, it’s not surprising...