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...

The Aladdin Cumberland: 100 Years Old

In May 2014, we traveled to Wilmington, DE and Philadelphia, PA to do research at the Hagley Museum (Wilmington) and at the National Archives and Records Administration (Philadelphia). Along the way, we stopped at Carney’s Point, New Jersey to check out some of...

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...

One Word for Sandston: Oopsie

When you drive into Sandston (Virginia), you might see this historic marker (shown below) which states that Sandston (a WW1-era DuPont munitions site) had “230 Aladdin houses, that were erected for plant workers.” That’s the “oopsie.”...