An informal study of Sears houses yields some interesting finds. True, most of the homes have a "Craftsmen Bungalow" style, but there are more than a few outliers. Below, here are some of the strangest, most unique, and most interesting Sears homes. Some are beautiful, some are quirky, some are hideous. Everyone loves a good Side Show, so here they are: the Sears parade of wonders!
|The Aurora (top) and the Carlton. Both were in the 1918 catalog.|
Both are also DIRECT rip-offs of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Homes.
|The Bryant. Unusual modern appearance for a Sears house. |
Only present in the 1938 and 1939 catalogs.
|The Ivanhoe, from 1912. A personal favorite--a craftsmen take on the center hall colonial.|
|The Del Ray from 1922. A strangely proportioned 2-bedroom bungalow.|
For some reason, this was one of the most copied Sears houses.
|The Hollywood, from 1920. A very elaborate dormer for a house without a second floor.|
|No. 126, from 1912. It's squat and just....odd.|
|The Springwood, from 1921. Or as I like to call it....how to overcomplicate a Cape Cod.|
|This Victorian monster only appeared in 1909. Lots of curves on this painted lady!|
|The Normandy, from 1934. A split-level with a conical spire for an entrance.|
|The San Jose from 1928. A five-room "Spanish" bungalow. I find that tower odd--it's nothing but wasted space!|