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rosemarytDecember 8, 2008

I was looking at your home's photo under the "Pictures of our Houses" thread and you were asking about what "kind of house" you had.

I think it's a kit home. It's not a SEARS kit home (which are the most well known), but it came from Lewis Manufacturing (based in Bay City, MI) and is the Lewis Montawk. Lewis Manufacturing was a fairly substantial company and in the early 1940s (as I recall) became Liberty Homes.

Thought you'd enjoy knowing about this...

Here's a picture of your house, compared with an old catalog picture (1924) of the Lewis Montawk. When new, this house sold for about $2500 and came in a kit with about 10,000 pieces of house, and a 75 page instruction book!

Rose Thornton

author, The Houses That Sears Built

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I talked to OldHomeGuy via email so this post can bump on down...

However, if you're interested in kit homes, here are some pictures from Norfolk, VA.


Here is a link that might be useful: kit home photos

    Bookmark   December 10, 2008 at 4:34PM
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