Sears Modern Home #119, A Ten-Room Modern Residence – Admired By All

The Sears Modern Homes 119 was one of the largest models Sears offered as one of their first 30 homes in 1908.  The Sears Modern Homes 118 was close.  The two houses were very close to the same size as far as square footage and their room arrangement was very similar as well.  Both models were offered in the first modern homes catalog.  The Sears 118 got a lot of publicity and advertisement time, far more than the Sears 119.  As a result the Sears 118 became one their most popular large homes they offered during it’s duration 1908-1918/19.  I have located a few dozen+ of model 118’s but only a few 119’s.  Hopefully this blog will help find a few more.  It was either not a big seller or there just haven’t been many reported, yet.

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The Sears Modern Homes 119 as seen in the 4th edition of the 1908 modern homes catalog. That's a huge house! Just under 3000 square feet.

The Sears Modern Homes 119 as seen in the 4th edition of the 1908 modern homes catalog.
That’s a huge house! Just under 3000 square feet.

 

The two house plans and measurements side by side for comparison. The room arrangement is similar and the square footage is close but the 119 is the largest. I haven't done the math but I'm guessing around 125 square feet larger.

The two house plans and measurements side by side for comparison. The room arrangement is similar and the square footage is close but the 119 is the largest. I haven’t done the math but I’m guessing around 125 square feet larger.

 

I found this Sears Modern Homes 119 in Loudoun County Virginia.

I found this Sears Modern Homes 119 in Loudoun County Virginia.

 

Sears 119 in Loudoun County Virginia

Sears 119 in Loudoun County Virginia

 

Sears 119 in Loudoun County Virginia...let's circle around the house since it sits on a corner, fortunately for us!

Sears 119 in Loudoun County Virginia…let’s circle around the house since it sits on a corner, fortunately for us!

 

This completes our 'walk around'. That's a huge house, more than 3,000 sq ft because the attic is obviously finished. And, yes, it is the real deal ;)

This completes our ‘walk around’.
That’s a huge house, more than 3,000 sq ft because the attic is obviously finished. And, yes, it is the real deal 😉

 

Balconies come and go or are omitted altogether but that porch roof is really unique. When identifying this house that is one of the first things I would look for. It sure caught my attention! It was how I recognized it right away.

Balconies come and go or are omitted altogether but that porch roof is really unique. When identifying this house that is one of the first things I would look for. It sure caught my attention! It was how I recognized it right away.  The Sears 119 was offered from 1908-1917.

 

According to this testimony there was a Sears 119 built in Baltimore Maryland. Sherman Wantz was a Baltimore physician.

According to this testimony there was a Sears 119 built in Baltimore Maryland. And it appears to have a widow’s walk, cool.  I wonder if it was functional?
Sherman Wantz was a Baltimore physician.

 

I found Dr Wantz's house pretty easily, well the address anyway. I've been hanging on to this house for a few years hoping to get a better glimpse of it. No luck. You can see through the front just a little. This side is about the best I can do for now.

I found Dr Wantz’s house pretty easily, well the address anyway. I’ve been hanging on to this house for a few years hoping to get a better glimpse of it. No luck. You can see through the front just a little. This side is about the best I can do for now.    The railing for the widow’s walk is gone now.  Bummer.

 

 This show a little more and you can see that it has a bay window but otherwise it matches the other Sears 119 in Loudoun County Virginia. Dr Wantz's house was built in 1911. He occupied it by 1912.

This show a little more and you can see that it has a bay window but otherwise it matches the other Sears 119 in Loudoun County Virginia.
Dr Wantz’s house was built in 1911. He occupied it by 1912.

 

Sears 119 in Epworth, Iowa

This Sears 119 is in Epworth, Iowa.

Rosemary Thornton wrote a blog showing a Sears #119 that Rebecca Hunter found in Iowa. That’s the only other Sears 119 that I am aware. I know there are more out there, has to be!

Have you seen this house somewhere? If so please contact me at searshomes@yahoo.com.

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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 an email: searshomes@yahoo.com
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