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Sears Kit Home Spotlight Tuesday – The Honor
October 31, 2023
Today’s Sears Kit Home Spotlight Tuesday features The Honor, a spacious, 9-room, 4-bedroom, 1-bath Colonial offered in Sears mail-order catalog from 1921-1926. The Sears, Roebuck 1926 House Catalog described The Honor as ” a home that not only looks well at a distance, but makes a still more favorable impression upon closer investigation. You will recognize in this house some of the features that have made the historical colonial homes of America admired for years, together with many modern touches that add to its attractiveness.”
“Notice the thatched effect on the roof, the inviting front entrance, the big handsome windows and the decorative trellis. As you step closer, you will admire the cement floored porch, surrounded by flower boxes for perennial plants and evergreens.”
TheHonor was one of Sears pricier models, in 1926 going for $3,278 for the kit which included the materials below.
Other options were extra, including plumbing, heating, wiring, and most electric fixtures .
The first floor featured a large living room with a brick fireplace at one end and pocket doors leading to the dining room on the other side. The dining room had a window seat and a”Leave It To Beaver” type swinging door leading to the kitchen.
The kitchen featured a pantry, breakfast alcove and built-in ironing board.
The second floor boasted four large bedrooms with closets, a bathroom and a sleeping porch.
This home was purchased in 1926. Per the 1930 US Census (ancrsty.com), the home was owned by the McGoey family. By 1958, according to newspapers.com, the John K. Donald family owned the home. High school senior, John D. Donald, won a four-year full ride to any college of his choice.
4 Ormond Place, Rye, New York
Per ancestry.com, this Honor model was owned by John Leslie Flores (1893-1980) and Lelia Williams Flores from 1921 well into the 1940s, after which they moved to Florida. The childless couple lived in this Sears home, however, for decades along with a servant girl from Germany. John was principal at Milton PT. Public School before retiring to Florida.
35 Soulice Place, New Rochelle, New York
Note the second floor bump out and enclosed front entrance has been added.
We get to see the current interior of this c.1921 Honor home as it was sold not long ago for $697,700 on Zillow, and real estate listing photos are still available. The original plan had one bathroom. This home sold with 3 bathrooms. Wonder where they found the room to incorporate two more baths.