I thought we would do a spotlight on Sears Kit Homes every Tuesday. Sears Modern Homes catalog was first published in 1908. The 1913 volume featured 112 designs for homes for which homeowners could purchase a kit that was delivered with all the materials needed to construct the home. Later volumes offered up to 370 designs. Between 1908 and 1940, more than 70,000 of these Sears Kit Homes were built across America. Today we are doing a deep dive on Modern Home No.151, which was later renamed The Avondale in a later Sears catalog. Please note, this is not a home currently for sale.
In 1913, a homeowner could purchase the No. 151 Sears kit for $1,332. The kit for the six-room bungalow included everything the builder needed: mill work, ceiling, siding, flooring, lumber, finishing lumber, plumbing, hardware, painting material, lath, shingles, builtins and more. By 1940, The Avondale had risen in price to $2,176.
When the 1913 catalog was published, homeowner testimonials were added to certain designs. Below is the testimonial of Winfred H. Senier who likely built No. 151 in Greeley, Colorado, in 1909 or so as his farmhouse for a farm he owned on the east side of Greeley. He was a breeder of Shire horses, Tamworth hogs, and Airedale and Shepherd dogs.
Here is a copy of Winfred’s obituary.
W. H. Senier Dies Thursday (December 4, 1945).
Winfred Howell Senier, who for 35 years operated a stock farm east of Greeley, died early Tuesday morning at the Weld County hospital after an illness of a year and a half. He had been a patient at the hospital only a few days.
He was 73 years old. Mr. Senier was a breeder of Shire horses, Tamworth hogs, and Airedale and Shepherd dogs. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Senier, Greeley pioneers, his mother being Eva Camp, daughter of a Union Colony member.
Mr. Senier was born in Covington, Ga., and came to Greeley with his parents when he was six years old.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. May Porter Senier, and one son, Archie Camp Senier, eight grand-children and one great grandchild, Richard Glen Senier.
His grand-children are Pfc. Winfred E. Senier of Fort Lewis, Wash.; Pfc. Robert John Senier of Lamar; ARM 1/c Woodrow E. Senier of Bakersfield, Calif.; WT 1/c William A. Senior [sic] awaiting discharge from the army following overseas duty; Gloria May, June Alice, Buddy and Doral Senier, all of Greeley.
One sister, Mrs. Jeanette Noxon of Greeley, also survives.
Other models of The Avondale were built in the following cities below. If anyone has addresses for any of these home, please do let me know.