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The Architecture of American Houses

From 17th century Postmedieval English abodes all the way to 1990s “McMansions," this detailed diagram of domiciles categorizes 121 American houses in all.

1923 Sears Roebuck Kit House in Venice Asking $2.5 Million - New to Market - Curbed LA..........Not quite the same as the original.

1923 Sears Roebuck Kit House in Venice Asking $2.5 Million

Between 1908 and 1940, the Chicago-based mail-order firm of Sears, Roebuck & Co. sold approximately 75,000 prefabricated kit homes in a wide variety of styles and sizes, one of which has just hit...

1918 Late Queen Anne Free Classic House – Modern American Homes – C. L. Bowes Co. of Chicago. Pretty, practical small house from the very tail end of the QA period with Colonial details. The cross-gabling was more common earlier in the decade.

1918 Late Queen Anne Free Classic House – Modern American Homes – C. L. Bowes

The modest small houses built during the first quarter of the 20th century are often described as vernacular by 21st century architects, but that is both non-descriptive and (we think) a little lazy.

Radford - 1903 - Queen Anne cottage, wrapped porch

Radford - 1903 - Queen Anne cottage, wrapped porch

Radford American Homes: 100 Houses Illustrated provides ample illustrations of the types of homes coveted by Americans at the turn of the 20th century.

Sears No 1232/175 1908(1232); 1909; 1911(175); 1912(175); 1913(175)

Sears 1908 4th Edition pg38

Sears Modern Homes Catalog 1908 4th Edition offering 30 models. MY BLOG MY FACEBOOK PAGE

The Wanaque 1927 Brick Homes

American eclectic style - The Wanaque - 1927 Brick Homes of Lasting Charm

Brick homes have a unique charm all their own. Clay brick can be more than just the dark red running bond most of us are familiar with. Clinker brick and skintelling both offer up additional interest as well as a variety of brick patterns that provide insight into the mason's art.

1908 William A. Radford - Plan No. 7054 - Queen Anne Free Classic

1908 William A. Radford - Plan No. 7054 - Queen Anne Free Classic

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Queen Anne style was beginning to fade as new styles like the Craftsman bungalow and Colonial Revival began taking center stage.

The houses, which included eight different models, took nine months to build and were completed in 1919. The order led to Sears naming one of their models after Carlin

Man restores his grandparents' 1916 flat-pack home from Sears

More than 70,000 Sears Catalog Homes were sold between 1908 and 1940 - bought straight out of a mail-order booklet and assembled by the customer.