|The house today|
This week, I was pleased to see that some brand new and fascinating comments had been posted about this house.
Rachel Shoemaker made the discovery that the house was in fact an Aladdin kit home known as the "Villa." How did she do that? I emailed her to find out.
It turns out that Rachel is an expert on Sears and other kit houses, and she has a knack for making these kinds of discoveries. "I was nosing around Lorain, Ohio looking for Sears houses or any kit houses," she explained. "It's a hobby of mine."
|A rendering of the Aladdin Villa as shown in the 1918 catalog|
(Courtesy of Rachel Shoemaker)
"I did some reading on Lorain and saw tornado stuff in various places and stumbled on your blog and I was just scrolling through the photos and saw that tornado damaged house and I knew it was an Aladdin Villa."
After leaving a comment, Rachel (who is a retired firefighter) contacted her friend, Rose Thornton. Rose is also an authority on Sears and other kit homes, and has even authored several books, including The Houses That Sears Built (2002), Finding the Houses That Sears Built (2204), Montgomery Wards Mail-Order Homes (2010) and her newest, The Sears Homes of Illinois (December 2010).
|Line drawing of the Aladdin Villa house|
(Courtesy Rose Thornton)
"This house was shipped in 12,000 pieces by train, and came with a 75-page instruction book that told the homemaker how all those pieces and parts went together!"
Rose even left a link that will show you the identical house – sitting in a Kansas cornfield!
I'm thrilled that Rachel and Rose were able to provide some fascinating history about a Lorain house that all of us have driven by hundreds of times through the years. My special thanks go out to both of them.
To visit Rachel's webpage on Facebook in which she highlights more of her discoveries, click here.
To visit Rose's website all about Sears homes, click here. And to buy inscribed versions of all her books, click here!
|The house was even featured on the inside page of the 1918 catalog!|
(Image courtesy of Rachel Shoemaker)