But not all houses of this grand style had such grand origins.
I have been browsing the Wikipedia entry on Sears Catalog Homes recently, and came across their pattern for the Sears Magnolia Kit Home (sold 1918-1922.)
Funny, despite my enduring interest in the mail-order home story, and a fruitful correspondence with a researcher out west, I haven't written much about them here. Now I don't have to; should you be the least bit interested (or even not at all) a browse through their site will make you a fan. Fascinating to see the pattern and materials list for Sears' Magnolia design. An extant home in Benson North Carolina, bears a striking resemblance to lawyer Young's home, but for the substitution of a rectangular monumental portico for the curved version in Picton.
|Benson, N.C. (photo from Wikipedia -(but I made my donation, Jimmy, honest)|
There are loads of images on the site, and this particularly annoying local TV interview, with redemptive early photos at about the 1:30 mark. Perhaps the fact that it's been a funeral home since 1940 accounts for its being in such good nick.
The interviewee drawled on about the irony of this vestige of the now defunct Sears company living on - as a funeral home.
And if you're the kind of person who loves looking at photos of historic interiors (and if you're reading this, I'm just guessing...) here's a link to a real estate listing in South Bend, which one of them, I'm not sure (hope it doesn't go stale too soon) featuring an as-built Sears 'Magnolia.'
Love the dining nook. I remember a high school lunch with friend Laureen, in her Picton apartment, above the family's auto dealership on Main Street - the height of urban sophistication to my farm-girl eyes. We sat in just such a nook.