Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New Point's Sears Catalog Home

8357 East 200 South, New Point

This New Point craftsman bungalow was built in 1928 with a kit purchased from Sears & Roebuck. The kit would have been delivered by rail and assembled onsite. In the 1999 Indiana Landmarks survey, this home received an "outstanding" rating for its historical significance.

From 1908–1940, Sears, Roebuck and Co. sold about 70,000 homes through their mail-order Modern Homes program. Over that time Sears designed 447 different housing styles. The New Point house was built with the "Osborn" kit, which would have cost $1,163 to $2,753.

The Osborn

If you know of another Sears home in Decatur County, please leave a comment!

Think you might live in a catalog home, or just want to learn more about them? These are some great resources:

Houses by Mail: A Guide to Houses from Sears, Roebuck and Company by Katherine Cole Stevenson

The Houses That Sears Built: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sears Catalog Homes by Rosemary Thornton

Finding the Houses that Sears Built; A Guide to the 60 Most Popular Designs by Rosemary Thornton

Mail-Order Homes: Sears Homes and Other Kit Houses by Rebecca Hunter

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