Building By the Book

Richmond’s mail-order houses represent a simpler time

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Video Presentation

Here is a video of Mrs. Thornton speaking in Richmond at the Virginia Center for Architecture. Enjoy!

https://vimeo.com/109027033

Silver Persinger more than 1 year ago

Video Presentation

Here is a video of Mrs. Thornton speaking in Richmond at the Virginia Center for Architecture. Enjoy!

https://vimeo.com/109027033

Silver Persinger more than 1 year ago

Harris N-1000

I think that Harris looking house is a Harris E-1033

Rachel Shoemaker more than 2 years ago

Rose

Love this fabulous article about Rose and her expertise. Her knowledge of kit homes is unsurpassed.

Chris more than 2 years ago

Sears Homes

The home I first lived in when I was born was a Sears Roebuck home. My Grandparents had it built in 1930's in Huntington, Indiana. It is still standing to this day. I have the happiest memories growing up & spending summers there. The Walbash train delivered the kit 10 houses up from the lot where the tracks crossed the street. As the train sat there the unloading was a huge undertaking I was told. The basement was ready & the house went up. My Grandmother lived in the house until she was in her late 80's. It was a wonderful home & still is for another family.

Susan Koechlein more than 2 years ago

Building by the Book

Ms. Thornton is an architectural historian we are lucky to have in our area. Her knowledge of Sears and other kit homes in unparalleled by any other. Great article!

Janet LaMonica more than 2 years ago