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Sears Houses of Arlington

Weekend Virtual Tour

Noon Lecture/Seminar

Sunday, January 17, 2021 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1NV030
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A Sears house in Arlington


  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
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From 1908 to 1940, Sears Roebuck & Co. sold more than 70,000 of its prefabricated Modern Homes kits, affordable dwellings assembled on site that offered Americans of moderate means the chance to own an up-to-date house. Arlington County, Virginia, which saw a boom in its growth during the 1920s, boasts a significant collection of these kit houses. Historian Dakota Springston leads a virtual tour in search of these distinctive and charming structures, including a brief overview and history of kit houses.

Sears homes are viewed in an engaging visual presentation using historic and contemporary images, covering an assortment of different models that range from the single-story “Sunlight” to the magnificent 10-room “Woodland” model. Springston discusses the rail and trolley lines that provided transportation for Sears products, laborers, and residents; the rapidly growing communities in which these houses were built; and the agrarian communities they replaced.

Following the presentation, Kathyrn Holt Springston, a Sears Homes expert, takes part in a live Q&A session.

The program is limited to 75 participants.

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This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.