If you have been following me here or on blogs, you probably know about my infatuation with house history (which goes back to my European big-city childhood) and (very American) historic kit homes.
In light of the growing number of kit home enthusiasts, I have given talks at different historic societies in the Washington DC area. (Want to invite me? Click here for an example). I often to write about catalog houses that are actually on the market right now. Most of them came from Sears, Lewis or Aladdin Homes, as these were the makers most prominently represented in the Washington, DC area.
I have been featured as a Sears and Lewis house expert in the Washington Post as well as on local news radio, WTOP, and national research blogs. You can find older posts about DC area kit houses here as well as a regularly updated selection of previous posts and articles from our collaborative DCHouseSmarts blog here. DC HouseSmarts frequently features kit houses that have hit the market–a prominent means for us to sneak in and document them!
It might be noted that quite often, we find that a supposed or reported kit house actually did not come from a kit.
The dchousecat stream on Flickr features a large number of local historic catalog homes from Sears, Lewis and Aladdin.
If you think you own (or live in) a Sears house or other kit home and would like some assistance in authenticating it, I’ll be happy to help! Just fill out the form at the bottom of the page, and I’ll be in touch shortly.
Scroll down for a compilation of other blogs and resources from kit house researchers across the country. You can find some of our older posts on DC kit homes here:
About a sensibly and beautifully renovated Sears “Barrington” in Chevy Chase, DC
Nov, 2012: Kit House Of The Week — A Sears “Puritan” in Shepherd Park
September 21st, 2012, Kit House Of The Week, a Sears “Colchester” for sale in Silver Spring
August 11th, Kit House Of The Week, a Sears “Martha Washington” for Sale in Shepherd Park
August 3rd, 2012: Kit House Of The Week — a Sears “Starlight” for sale in Takoma Park
June 27, 2012: Kit House Of The Week: a Sears “Cornell” in Arlington, VA for sale at $750,000
April 20, 2012, Kit House Of The Week, a Sears “Maywood” in Chevy Chase, DC, for sale at $899,000
April 3, 2012, Kit House Of The Week, a Sears “Winona” in Arlington, Virginia, for sale at $649,000
March 29, 2012, Kit House Of The Week, a Sears “Brookwood,” and an update on last week’s Sears house
March 21, 2012, Kit House Of The Week: 1923 Sears “Vallonia” for Sale in College Park
March 9, 2012, On the History of Mail-Order homes in Washington, DC (with link to Rosemary Thornton’s Sears House blog)
March 8, 2012, Kit House Of The Week: Adorable 1923 Sears “Uriel” in close-in Silver Spring for sale at $425,000
February Lesson On Lewis Kit Homes
January 27, 2012, Kit House Of The Week: A 1928 Sears “Americus” in Chevy Chase, DC
January 15, 2012, Kit House Of The Week: Sears “Honor” in Shepherd Park, DC
December 22, 2011, Kit House Of The Week: Vampire Of Homes–Sears “Fullerton” in Brookland, DC
December 12, 2011, When Men Were Still Handy
December 10, 2011, The House In The Post
Other Resources and Blogs On Catalog and Kit Houses
- Historical Architectural Research
- Sears Homes
- Kit House Hunters
- Oklahoma Homes By Mail
- Sears Homes of Chicagoland
- Sears House Seeker
- Sears Houses in Ohio