In the early to mid 1900's Sears Mail Order "Kit" homes were ordered out of a catalog and delivered by railroad boxcar to the customer. In various cities around the Country there were "Sears Catalog" regional offices, including one located in downtown Lorain, Ohio, just north of the Palace Theater on Broadway Avenue. Often in cities where there was a regional office, there would be an architectural style of home named after the city in which the regional office was located. This one here happens to be "The LORAIN". The LORAIN was introduced in 1934.
What's fun is that after you become familiar and develop a 'trained eye' with these architectural styles of yesteryear, you'll be able to spot them most anywhere in America while driving down "Main Street USA".
I'll be sharing more Ready Cut "Honor Bilt" Mail Order Kit Homes from Sears, Roebuck & Company in future postings. If you would like a copy of the catalog page in which these were featured, please feel free to e-mail me at: BillKnowsRealty@aol.com and I'll be happy to scan and e-mail back a copy of your curiosity. These catalog pages from the Sears, Roebuck & Company catalog are NOT copyrighted.
"Every home and building you see was once someone's American Dream!" ~
The LORAIN was a six room, Ready Cut home Colonial style house with circle head dormer, repeating the gabled lines of the gabled porch, lend grace to the Colonial simplicity of the design. Three bedrooms (1 down, 2 up), living room, dining room, kitchen and first floor full bath. Offered in the 1930's, the monthly payments were as low as $35 to $50.