Although prefab is all the buzz, especially in this era of green building, there’s a long history of kit homes.
In today’s world, Sear’s is a dying storefront. Succumbing to the millennium’s demand for online shopping and the rejection of brick and mortar stores, Sears is slowly closing its doors one storefront at a time. Interestingly enough, this name brand company once reigned supreme during the catalog days. In fact, Sears can be contributed to selling some of the first prefabricated, kit homes known as Sears Modern Homes.
Reported by Sears, 70,000 mail order, kit houses were sold between 1908 and 1940. These homes sold were in a myriad of architectural styles and sizes. They were also technological feats. Premade in mills and workshops across the country, Sears foreshadowed the prefab/modular home movements decades before the now-rising trend.
Sears Modern Homes are even peppered around Denver. One of the most iconic and recognizable styles of Sear’s home is the adored bungalow. Many of which are still standing in Congress Park, Park Hill and Hilltop.