Speaking of Sears Homes in Georgia…

Eleven months ago, I wrote about Sears Home #119 in Martinez, Georgia. It was built by R. Lyle and it was also one of Sears largest kit homes. Some time later, a reader named Stacey tracked down an old plat map that showed the location of the R. Lyle property near...

Indiana’s $1 Million $1,600 House

In all my travels, I’ve seen only one Sears Hillrose, a spacious foursquare offered by Sears Roebuck. (Updated! I’ve now seen a surfeit of Hillroses! You can read about them here!) That Hillrose was in Prophetstown, Indiana (near West Lafayette) and it was...

Sears Magnolia: Not!

The Sears Magnolia was the biggest, fanciest and prettiest home that Sears offered during their 32 years in the kit home business. According to legend, there were only a few Magnolias built in the country, and heretofore, only six have been found (Benson, NC., South...

Steam Locomotives and Sears Homes

I love trains, and especially steam engines from the early 20th Century. It is these trains that hauled that 12,000-piece kit from the mill in Cairo, Illinois to prospective homeowners throughout America. Trains are magical and amazing and intriguing and a marvel of...