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Sears Home Kit Spotlight Tuesday – The Honor

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.”

The Honor 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 .

FIRST FLOOR

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.

Kitchen

The kitchen featured a pantry, breakfast alcove and built-in ironing board.

SECOND FLOOR

The second floor boasted four large bedrooms with closets, a bathroom and a sleeping porch.

Bathroom

In 1926, a homeowner had two bathroom options.

Chippendale Package

 

 

 

Dellwood Package

A Few The Honor Models in the Wild (Not For Sale)

that researchers Andrew Mutch (Kit House Hunters) and Judith Chabot (Sears House Seeker) authenticated.

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49 Tunstall Place, Scarsdale Village, New York 

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.

Find-A-Grave

 

ancestry.com

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.

Note the original Sears mantel and newell post.

Kitchen has been redone.

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