The Kit Homes of Raleigh, NC

In May 2012, I gave a talk at the Rialto Theatre (in Raleigh) on Sears Kit Homes, sponsored in part by the Raleigh Historic Development Commission and the Raleigh City Museum. Raleigh has an abundance of kit homes, which I find fascinating. In addition to Sears, they...

Have You Seen This House? (Part 6)

Here in Norfolk, we have 16 little bungalows that were originally built at another location, and then moved here by George P. Hudson on April 14, 1922.  (Thanks to Norfolk historian David Spriggs for finding that date, and also finding the name of the man who moved...

The Story of a Life, and a Sears Home

Some stories are so compelling and inspiring that they stay with you for a lifetime. The story of Henry and Ethel Mohr is one such story. In 1928, 12-year-old Muriel Mohr returned home from school to find the charred remnants of the Mohr family homestead. It must have...

All Things Vallonia, Part Deux

The Sears Vallonia was easily one of Sears most popular designs.  It had a practical, thoughtful floor plan and it was an attractive design and offered a finished or unfinished second floor. Lots of expandable space for the not-so-expandable budget. I’ll update...