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Whatever happened to the mail order house?

The Hammond, from the final collection, made during the years 1933 to 1940

Arrol Gellner is a practicing architect with 30 years of experience in residential and commercial architecture. He is a graduate of the College of Environmental Design at the University of California at Berkeley.

He wrote an awesome article about the bygone days of yore when you could buy a “mail order house.”

If you know about any mail order houses still in use around Atlanta, please let The Rootdown Group know – we would love to see the property!

Mass production residential is still in it’s “re-infancy,” but as we have reported before, there are some nifty new pre-fab ideas out there…

Arrol states “Over the course of the 20th century, there have been many attempts to bring mass-production methods to the building industry. ”
The Chelsea, from the earliest Sears Roebuck collection available 1908-1914

Many folks remember or have heard about the “Sears Roebuck” houses – Arrol offers a nice explanation…“…retailing giant Sears Roebuck began offering houses by mail order. Each Sears Modern Home came in a 25-ton kit consisting of precut lumber and virtually all the other materials required to complete the building. Prices ranged from $650 to $2,500, and 22 styles were offered. Precutting the lumber not only made the houses cheaper, but also reduced onsite construction time by some 40 percent. More than 70,000 Sears Modern Homes were sold before the program ended in 1940, a victim of the Depression economy and vexing differences in local building codes.”

You can register here to become a “Sears Home Enthusiast!”

Get your real estate on, and if you are in a true Sears Modern Home from the early 20th century, then please let The Rootdown Group come see it!

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