Meet Sears Number 178, the Quirky Cousin of Sears Number 124

As if the Sears 124 wasn’t “interesting” enough the quirky cousin comes along in fall of 1910!  When you see a Sears 178 you will never forget it, trust me.

 The Sears Modern Homes catalog in 1911 formally introduces the #178.  They also mention that one was built in New York City.  That is the ONLY mention of a #178 I have ever seen in a catalog.  The Sears 178 was short lived.  It was offered in late 1910 and was gone by late 1915.  Five years, my guess is it wasn't one of their biggest sellers and judging that there are no known testimonies or 'built in this city'  it must not have been very popular.  Like a quirky odd cousin.

The Sears Modern Homes catalog in 1911 formally introduces the #178. They also mention that one was built in New York City. That is the ONLY mention of a #178 I have ever seen in a catalog. The Sears 178 was short lived. It was offered in late 1910 and was gone by late 1915. Five years, my guess is it wasn’t one of their biggest sellers and judging that there are no known testimonies or ‘built in this city’ (other than NYC)  it must not have been very popular. Like a quirky odd cousin.

 

The Sears 124 and the 178 floor plans are very similar. The room arrangements are identical. The stairway configuration is the biggest difference. The 124 has good morning stairs that service the kitchen and the 178 has a pantry instead of the good morning stairs to the kitchen. The upstairs central hallway has different measurements because the bathroom is arranged differently. And the bay runs both stories.  Other than that the interiors are the same. Now, the exterior is completely different!

Sears Modern Homes fall 1913, #178.  You can see that the stairway has changed and in the place of the good morning stairs they placed a pantry.  And, the bathroom has a different lay-out.

Sears Modern Homes fall 1913, #178. You can see that the stairway has changed and in the place of the good morning stairs they placed a pantry. And, the bathroom has a different lay-out.

 

I’ve only seen one Sears 178 in the seven years I have been doing this. I found one a few years ago in Nebraska. The catalog image does not do this house justice. The real deal is quirky, in a good way, but attractive.  Like getting to know that quirky cousin who turns out to be interesting and plain fun! I like this house. Really like it.

 Isn't this Sears #178 beautiful?  I absolutely LOVE it!  It's one of the most interesting models that Sears offered, I think.

Isn’t this Sears #178 beautiful? I absolutely LOVE it! It’s one of the most interesting models that Sears offered, I think.

 

Here is the back view of the Sears 178

Here is the back view of the Sears 178

 

I like the garage with the matching dormer.  Nice touch.

I like the garage with the matching dormer and rafter tails. Nice touch.

 

What are your thoughts on this quirky bungalow? Do you like it? Do you hate it? While it may have a face only a mother can love I find it interesting and love the personality! I would certainly choose it.

Do you have a Sears 178 or a 124 to share? If so please leave me a comment or send me an email searshomes@yahoo.com

Do you like quirky or funky bungalows? Check out THIS sweet thing in Webster Groves Missouri!

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About Rachel Shoemaker

I've been hooked on finding and or identifying mail order homes since 2008. I'm not picky, kit homes from Sears Modern Homes, Aladdin Ready Cut, Gordon Van Tine, Wardway Homes, all of the major companies as well as the popular pattern and plan book homes built from about 1900 and on. Could you be living in one of these homes? Send me a message. You can follow some of my finds here and many many more on my facebook page www.facebook.com/searsmodernhomes
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8 Responses to Meet Sears Number 178, the Quirky Cousin of Sears Number 124

  1. Nathan Duncan says:

    While I love the house I cannot stand seeing your found example in a all white palette. Why are people so afraid of color I wonder? All the neat detail that were put in place to draw the eye are washed out. Could you imagine this beauty with a proper period paint job? It would be a stunner.

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  3. Kris Larsen says:

    I saw this strange model in a Sears Modern Homes reprint. It dawned on me when I saw the drawing that I had seen one of these before. I pass by a pretty untouched one in Tillamook OR, once a week.

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