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    Guess the Year #30 (House Edition)

    Take your best crack at the year!

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    1922, but there could be a range of years, like 1915 - 1929

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    A Sears catalogue house?.....based on the $2192 price tag I'm thinking later 20's. My guess is 1927.
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    That model was sold for several years but I'll take a WAG at 1924 since it's not the lowest or highest price I've seen.
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    I'll say 1926.

    And - I'd *LOVE* to see a developer build a new subdivision with updated versions of those old Sears houses. That one looks like something that I'd like to own someday.

    BTW, when you ordered one, its pre-cut and numbered pieces were delivered in two railroad boxcars. You had to pick it all up from the local railroad terminal and then put it together on your own foundation like a very large 'kit'.

    Sears stopped selling houses in the early 1930s because of the Depression cut into sales and they did not like having to repossess houses from their customers.

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    I googled Sears homes and found a good website.
    What I found was very interesting.
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    And the winner is.....

    Maister....

    1927 is correct. I think the concept of a mail order house is kind of cool and if you look through the various designs they offered over the years they were a heck of a lot better than most tract housing that came after it. In a way the Katrina Cottages evoke this forgotten era of building your own house.
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    From http://www.searsarchives.com/homes/
    Click on 1927-1932 for detailed information.

    Anybody ever hear of a sleeping porch ?
    I guess a feature before central a/c.
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    Our city has a very, very large neighborhood that is made up almost entirely of Sears craftsmen homes similar to this. You don't see this type of construction in New England or much of the Northeast.

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    1917... I could live there
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    Rant: Why can't developers make homes of this quality and character anymore?

    I'm so sick of all the new houses (around here at least) looking exactly the same: the big center hall with a fancy-shmancy-but-unusable window, a bunch of front rooms that no one uses because the kitchen/family room is in back, two-car garage... no originality!

    /end rant

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    Quote Originally posted by Mud Princess View post
    Rant: Why can't developers make homes of this quality and character anymore?

    I'm so sick of all the new houses (around here at least) looking exactly the same: the big center hall with a fancy-shmancy-but-unusable window, a bunch of front rooms that no one uses because the kitchen/family room is in back, two-car garage... no originality!

    /end rant
    Understand, though, that the neighborhoods that had these houses often times (esp. if built by developers) had a very uniform look and were often the same or very similar floorplans.

    As for quality, well that house appears to be stucco on the outside, which was pretty cheap in the day and kinda the "vinyl siding" of the time.

    But certainly the massing and detailing were far superior in the past than the dreck that gets built today.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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