The Sears Marina: Just Add Water!

As a native of the Tidewater region (Southeastern Virginia), I’m not sure why Sears (based in the Midwest) decided to name one of their little kit homes “The Marina.” “Marina” comes from the Latin word marinus, which means “of the...

Where Art Thou, Little Ethel?

Here in Norfolk, we have 16 little bungalows (dubbed, “The Ethel”) that were originally built at another location, and then moved here by George P. Hudson on April 14, 1922.* Several months ago, we learned that 3,000 miles away (in Dupont, Washington),...

The Sears Homes of Illinois

Last month, I was delighted to learn that the first printing of “The Sears Homes of Illinois” (printed late November 2010), has sold out. That’s very good news. It’s a beautiful book and I’m tickled pink with the way it turned out. It has...