Louisville Magazine

DEC 2018

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 12.18 31 tossed out its records when its homebuild- ing program ceased, no documentation exists of where the houses definitely are. I say definitely because there were nine oth- er companies selling mail-order homes in much the same manner as Sears, and copy- catting — from model designs right down to the hand-colored marketing pictures and type styles — flourished. "Sears house" has become a genericized term, like "Kleenex," that's often applied to an Aladdin home, a Wardway home, a Harris Brothers home. The Sears Archive site provides about 65 drawings of various Sears models, like the three Winona homes on Sycamore Avenue in Clifton shown here, but more than 300 other Sears designs are only to be found in the worn pages of old catalogs, by searching year by year. It's made "Sears sleuthing" a pastime taken up by many a historian/realtor/Sherlock. One of them, Rosemary Thornton, author of The Houses That Sears Built, wrote, "In my travels, I've discovered that more than 80 percent of the people who think they have a Sears Home are wrong." That makes yours extra special.

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