Think you may own a Sears Modern Home or want to know more? Try
any of the following resources. Most of these books, and
numerous articles on the subject of mail-order homes, may be
available at your local library. Click on the picture of the
book to go to the listing on Amazon.com.
||The Houses That Sears
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know
About Sears Catalog Homes
Author: Rosemary Thornton
Beam Publications, 2002
This book will inspire you to go out into your community and
find the Sears homes that are hidden there. This book includes
pictures of rare Sears homes that haven't been published
in 80 years.
||Houses by Mail: A Guide to Houses from Sears, Roebuck and
Author: Katherine Cole Stevenson and H. Ward Jandl.
Original publisher: National Trust for Historic Preservation,
Current publisher: John Wylie & Sons, New York.
About: If you have no records, this book is the best way to look up the
style of your home (includes 447 styles). The
authors have re-created the look of the catalogs in this
heavily illustrated guide to 447 models. Each entry
includes, among other information, promotional copy from
the original catalog, house details and features, price,
and a short list of cities where examples can be found.
for listing on Amazon.com
|Catalogues and Counters
Boris Emmet and John E. Jeuck.
University of Chicago Press, 1950.
A history of the early operations of Sears, Roebuck and Company
with a number of references to Sears Modern Homes Program.
for listing on Amazon.com
|America’s Favorite Homes
Michael W. R. Davis and Robert Schweitzer.
Wayne State University Press, Detroit, 1990.
Reference source for information on mail-order homes from Sears
and other companies.
||Sears House Designs of the
Publisher: Dover Publications, 2003
Sears, Roebuck and Co. Catalog of Houses, 1926, an Unabridged
Dover Publications, Inc., New York, 1991. (#26709-1)
||Sears, Roebuck Homebuilder’s
Illustrated 1910 Edition
Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc., New York, 1990. (#26376-2)
About: Reprinted from a
rare original: a huge illustrated selection of early
20th-century building materials and fittings—from
roofing and siding to chandeliers and porcelain-enameled
bathtubs—complete with original advertising copy,
specifications and prices. Hundreds of black-and-white
illustrations, plus 8 color plates.
||Homes in a Box, Modern Homes from Sears Roebuck
Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Atglen, PA, 1998.
This paperbound book is a reproduction of Sears 1912 Modern
Homes catalog. It gives a nostalgic look at
the more than one hundred home kits sold by Sears Roebuck
in the early 1900s.
||Small Houses of The Twenties
Publisher: Dover Pubns; Unabridged edition (June 1,
Excellent reproduction of rare catalog
illustrates describes 86 different types of houses and
bungalows still in evidence across America. Over 300
photographs, illustrations and floor plans with full
descriptions comprise an invaluable sourcebook for study,
authentication or restoration of antique articles or
||1897 Sears, Roebuck Catalogue
Publisher: Chelsea House Publishing, 1997
The 786 - page reprint of the 1897 Sears, Roebuck &
Co. Catalogue is a priceless piece of Americana. Profusely
illustrated, readers will enjoy studying the surprisingly
enormous range of consumer goods then available, most of
which are obsolete or little used in American life today.
For Further Information
Remember that all work to restore your Sears home should
conform to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for
Rehabilitation. You can obtain a copy of the Standards from
local or state preservation offices (addresses for preservation
offices should be available from your state governor’s
office). The U.S. Department of the Interior also publishes
standards for preservation planning.
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Contact the National Trust for Historic Preservation
(Washington, DC), which not only publishes material on historic
homes and neighborhoods but also publishes guides to historic
building materials and how to properly rehabilitate homes.