The day and hour have come to greet the first shipment of your familys brand-new house. It will have two bedrooms and a cobblestone foundation, plus a front porchbut no bath. 155, with a screened-in front porch, built-in buffet, and inside bath (!
He hops in the wagon with his brothers to ride off to the railroad station.
All the lumber will be precut and arrive with instructions for your dad and uncles to assemble and build. ), but $1,100 was twice as much as Dad said he could afford.
In just a few days, the whole family will sleep under the roof of your custom-made Sears Modern Home.
Entire homes would arrive by railroad, from precut lumber, to carved staircases, down to the nails and varnish.
Families picked out their houses according to their needs, tastes, and pocketbooks.
Sears provided all the materials and instructions, and for many years the financing, for homeowners to build their own houses.
Searss Modern Homes stand today as living monuments to the fine, enduring, and solid quality of Sears craftsmanship.
No official tally exists of the number of Sears mail-order houses that still survive today.
It is reported that more than 100,000 houses were sold between 19 through Searss Modern Homes program.
The keen interest evoked in current homebuyers, architectural historians, and enthusiasts of American culture indicate that thousands of these houses survive in varying degrees of condition and original appearance.
It is difficult to appreciate just how important the Modern Homes program and others like it were to homebuyers in the first half of the twentieth century. Cities were getting more crowded and had always been dirty breeding grounds for disease in an age before vaccines.