A Sears Magnolia - in Syracuse, New York!!!

rosemarytMay 7, 2011

The Sears Magnolia was the biggest and the best of the Sears kit homes. Sears homes were 12,000 piece kits shipped via boxcar to wanna-be homeowners. Each kit came with a 75-page instruction book and a promise that a "man of average abilities" could have the house ready for occupancy in 90 days.

The average Sears home did fit inside one 1920s boxcar (and they were huge boxcars).

But the Sears Magnolia took TWO boxcars!

It was a massive and grand house, and sold for a pretty penny, too. (See catalog image below.)

For years, and years, and years, there was a story that there were six Magnolias sold and built. There was one in Nebraska (burned down years ago), one in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Indiana and Alabama.

That was it. Six of 'em.

Until last Wednesday.

Some kind soul came to my website and leave a detailed message, saying that she thought there was a Sears Magnolia in Syracuse.

In that I get at least 3-5 emails PER WEEK declaring that a Sears Magnolia has been found, I didn't get my hopes up on this one.

And then I saw the old house via Google maps, and I got pretty excited. The fuzzy, grainy photo looked like a Magnolia. But it was hard to be sure.

Next, I asked a fellow old house lover to get me a photo. And then I was convinced, it was the real deal.

I contacted the owner and she already knew it was a Maggy, and even has original "Honor Bilt" documentation from the original owner.

So it's official. :)

Syracuse photos are courtesy of Scott Bailey and Jerry Ashley.

Isn't it a beauty? Doesn't it make your heart go pitter pat?

Here's a Maggy in Benson, NC.

And one in Canton, Ohio.

Now, where is the EIGHTH Magnolia? Is it in YOUR neighborhood? :)

Please go FIND IT!! :-) It's out there!


Here is a link that might be useful: Sears Magnolia - more better photos

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It's beautiful!

    Bookmark   May 8, 2011 at 8:03AM
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Anybody know the address of the Maggie in Canton? I grew up there, but had no idea such a critter lived in that town.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2011 at 12:45AM
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The Magnolia in Canton is on 19th Street, NW.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2011 at 10:24AM
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there may be one in essex junction vermont on rt 15. nice old house reminds me very much of the magnolia.
very cool stuff!

    Bookmark   May 17, 2011 at 11:38PM
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My gosh, I used to live between 17th and 18th streets! Can't be far from there. But that was many, many years ago, when I was a kid.

Next time I'm back that way, I'm going to look that house up. Let's see if they call the cops on the guy slowly driving round and round the block. :)

Thanks, Rosemary!

    Bookmark   May 20, 2011 at 2:07AM
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Are you still thinking of moving to WV?

    Bookmark   May 30, 2011 at 4:38PM
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The Syracuse Magnolia made the front page of the Syracuse newspaper the other day. I think there is going to be a lot of traffic going by and checking it out :)

    Bookmark   May 31, 2011 at 3:19PM
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