And a Hillrose in Griffith, Indiana!

A couple days ago, I did a “preview” blog on a stunning Hillrose in Brandy Station, Virginia (about three hours north of my home in Norfolk), and posted it in our Facebook group, Sears Homes, together with a blurb saying that there were other Hillroses in...

Something For My “Wish List”

Updated! Jennifer found one! Of the 370 models of kit homes offered by Sears & Roebuck, there are about 150 models that I’ve never seen. One of the most intriguing is the “Monterey.” It was very similar to the highly popular Sears Alhambra, but...

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...

William & Mary College and Kit Homes

Recently, I was on the William and Mary College campus doing research on Penniman, Virginia. (You can read more about that here.) As part of the research, I was reading through the early 1920s college yearbooks and happened upon an interesting photo in the 1922...