While reading, or studying as I often call it, my 1920 millwork catalog one afternoon I came across a testimonial that caught attention. I was actually looking at a couple of testimonials for lumber sold in Oklahoma. And, I was studying the millwork and windows and hardware so forth that Sears sold through their catalog.
I came across this testimonial and thought, oh…. those will be easy to find!
So I grabbed an ice-cold beer and hopped in my google car a drove straight to that address to look for these three houses and find the fourth one mentioned as well.
Let’s just go down the street house by house. Starting with the first house which is the number 168 from the testimonial.
The second house on the street is the number 124 from the testimonial.
The testimonial shows the third lot empty and there is a house there but it is not a Sears house. It may have been built with materials from Sears but it is not a plan from Sears. At the time these houses were built the lumber was not pre-cut yet.
The house on the fourth lot, or the third house in the catalog picture, is a rare model. The number 163 is a rare Sears house.
The number 163 is a very distinctive house! Notice the side windows that go up the stairs. My dogs would LOVE those!
Obviously the number 108 wasn’t built with these three houses. Did I find it? Well, those of you who know me well KNOW I found it. I wouldn’t sleep at night if I didn’t. I found the very rare number 108 a few blocks away.
And here again, another VERY distinctive house and very rare as well! This house doesn’t even appear in the Houses By Mail book!
The number 108 as posted was only available until 1910 or 1911. By 1912 that funky parlor corner disappears completely. Here is an image from the Seroco Paint page from the Fall 1910 Sears merchandise catalog.
The first three houses were a no brainer even if they weren’t at the actual address in the testimony. Finding house number four wasn’t too difficult either. But, the night was young and I had more cold beer! (BTW, William Beckwith lived at the 110 W Thames St address in the 1910 census. He was on Church St in 1920 and working for the government)
I set out to see what else I could find in Norwich Ct. Perhaps Mr Beckwith built more Sears houses or someone else did.
And, I was CORRECT! Right behind the Sears number 163 and across the street from the Sears number 108 is a Sears number 180! What are the chances? I was excited to find another Sears 180 aka the Flossmoor.
That’s five Sears houses in a small area!
I found a Sears number 227.
And I found a very nice Ardara!
Are there more Sears houses in Norwich Ct? We’ll see! Check back.
Do you know of a Sears house or ANY kit house? Do you need help in identifying one? Message me and I will get back to you ASAP.
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