Is my house a from a catalog/pattern book?

alexcpMarch 18, 2010

I donâÂÂt think youâÂÂll know the answer, but I live north of Boston in a brick late Victorian house. It was built from 1896 to 1899. According to my parents, a real estate agent said it was from a pattern book, and I want to know if it was or not. I will upload a photo when I figure out how, but for now, hereâÂÂs a description.

Exterior Details:

⢠Brick, kind of plain for a Victorian

⢠Bay windows on right side of front

⢠Porch on left side of front

⢠Bay windows on right side

⢠Window directly above porch

⢠Two front attic windows

⢠Triangular âÂÂGreek revivalâ type roof (although it is not a Greek revival)

⢠The first floor plan is similar to Sears Modern Home #264B215 from the 1916 catalog, which originally came from a âÂÂpre-1900 floor plan.â NOTE: The exterior does not look anything like the Sears house.

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My research indicates that Sears didn't sell kit houses at the time yours was built. It still could have come from a catalog; more likely, the builder may have used house plans developed by somebody else. Just like today, lots of companies sold house plans and lots of builders copied them.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2010 at 12:00PM
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I know it wasn't Sears, I just said it was similar to a Sears house.

By the way, here's a picture:

Here is a link that might be useful: My House

    Bookmark   March 18, 2010 at 7:44PM
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