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Sears kit house in McCandless on the market
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A home in McCandless that was
ordered from a Sears catalog in
1922 is now on the market.
The house at 8828 Memorial
Drive was one of the many home
kits sold in the United States
through the mail-order Sears
Modern Homes line. Homebuyers
could select and purchase a
design straight out of the once
well-known Sears, Roebuck and
Co. catalogs. All of its parts were
shipped to the owners and assembled
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Alicia Dallago, 79, has been the
owner of the home for more than
20 years, but now she’s moving to
be closer to her son in Irwin. She’s
taken great care to preserve the
home close to its unique, original
design, so selling it is going to be
“It wasn’t an easy decision. I’m
in love with that home. It was
meant to be that I lived there,”
The three-bedroom, one
full-bathroom house sits on a
half-acre lot and has most of the
original features and fixtures,
thanks to the efforts of Dallago,
who wanted to preserve its
The Sears Modern Homes program
designs featured a variety
of homes, some grander than
others, to order and have shipped,
with all the necessary building
materials to a desired location.
Homeowners could select a home
based on their wants, needs and
pricing preferences. Between 1908
to 1940, Sears sold 70,000 to 75,000,
according to a Sears Archives
Dallago, who came from Argentina
in the 1970s, moved in
without knowing of its unique
beginnings, but soon fell in love
with its historical and durable
The former professional photographer
committed to keeping
the home close to its original
state, including keeping the radiators,
pocket doors, glass door
handles, and hardwood floors and
trim. The mantle and fireplace in
the living room are also original,
now converted to gas, and an old
boiler still sits in the basement,
though it does not work, she said.
The windows feature the “old”
wavy glass look, and Dallago is
amazed at how great of shape
they are in for being 100 years
old. Storm windows were also
installed. And the porch’s lighting
fixtures and columns are original,
In order to reflect the originality
of the home, she filled it with
antiques and other furniture complementary
to the era it was built.
The home was brought up to
date with its electric, heating and
plumbing, she said. And she is
especially proud of the waterfall
pond she built in the back, which
provides a peaceful, quiet place
to relax. The house also features
a front and back porch, kitchen
and dining area, among other
The Sears Modern Homes boasted
a more efficient and low-cost
build. The company mass-produced
the materials used in Sears
by NATALIE BENEVIAT
TONY LARUSSA | TRIBUNE-REVIEW
This 100-year-old Sears mail-order house in McCandless is on the market
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