River Road Manor: A Sears Kit Home in Canada

image from: http://www.homeaway.ca

image from: http://www.homeaway.ca

I discovered this house on the Sears Homes Facebook page. It is located in Niagara Falls, Canada and it looks a lot like a very distinctive Sears Kit Home known as the Alhambra. In fact, it was verified as an Alhambra by Rosemary Thornton who is the preeminent American expert on historic Sears kit homes. Sears Homes are few and far between in Canada, but they do exist. And this one is a pretty fine example of a Sears Roebuck Company mail order home. Here’s how the home model looked when depicted in a 1921 Sears Modern Homes catalog:

image from: http://www.searshomes.org

image from: http://www.searshomes.org

And here’s how the Niagara Falls specimen looks today:

image from: http://riverroadmanor.com

image from: http://riverroadmanor.com

The Alhambra style is very distinctive and easy to identify, even when it has been altered and bungled up from renovations and “updates”. But this particular Alhambra on River Road is in very near to original condition!

image from: http://riverroadmanor.com

image from: http://riverroadmanor.com

Let’s have a look inside:

image from: http://www.homeaway.ca

image from: http://www.homeaway.ca

The baseboards, wainscoting and trim are all unpainted and in excellent condition – as are the wood floors.

image from: http://www.homeaway.ca

image from: http://www.homeaway.ca

Sears Kit Homes were pre-cut in a factory and then assembled on-site by either the homeowner or a hired contractor. So all these boards and pieces of millwork would have come in hundreds of bundles and boxes, right down to the nails and fixtures.

image from: http://www.homeaway.ca

image from: http://www.homeaway.ca

Unfortunately, nothing remains of the original kitchen in this vintage Sears home:

image from: http://www.homeaway.ca

image from: http://www.homeaway.ca

The home’s bathrooms were also gutted and remodeled, although the sink in this one [below] looks like it might be a reproduction of a vintage Sears bathroom sink vanity:

image from: homeawy.ca

image from: homeawy.ca

The 4 bedrooms, however, look relatively untouched with original wood floors and wide baseboards.

image from: http://www.homeaway.ca

image from: http://www.homeaway.ca

The doors and windows appear to be original as well.

image from:

image from: www.hoemaway.ca

I know I’m not the only one who loves those old heat registers!

image from: www.homeaway.ca

image from: www.homeaway.ca

And I adore this room [below] because you get a glimpse of the distinctive Alhambra mission-finish on the balcony:

image from:

image from: riverroadmanor.com

To top it all off, this home has a prime location on the majestic Niagara River, which flows from the famous Falls.

image from: www.homeaway.ca

image from: www.homeaway.ca

You can rent this exquisite Sears kit home for between $295-$395 per night. That price may seem a little steep, but you are also paying for the novelty of saying you’ve slept in a historic Sears Roebuck mail order home!

 

~~~

Sources:

official site -

http://riverroadmanor.com

http://www.cottagesofniagara.com/river_road_manor.htm

http://www.homeaway.ca/cottage-rental/p189123vb

Rosemary Thornton’s page on the Alhambra home:

http://www.searshomes.org/index.php/2012/01/10/the-sears-alhambra-a-spanish-flavored-foursquare/

 

~~~

Want to learn more about Sears Kit Homes? Check out this book review I did of a Sears Homes book, and this post about a Sears Kit home in Colorado.

 

 

2 Responses to River Road Manor: A Sears Kit Home in Canada

  • Sue says:

    I did not know that Sears had such an exquisite home available back then. Really, this one is special. I should take a ride to a kind of close suburb with oodles of Sears homes and see if one there is anywhere near like this one, but I doubt it.

  • I often drive by houses and think, “I wonder what that looks like inside?” Well Sarah thanks for letting us see into so many different style houses!

Leave a Reply





~ House Crazy Sarah ~
~ House Crazy Sarah ~

"So many houses, so little time"






Featured house artist:
Featured house artist:

(Click on image to view or purchase prints of Julia Callon's house art)

Featured house books:
Featured house books:

(Click on the book cover images for purchase information)

My first novel
My first novel
My second novel
My second novel
Rivit Media
Publisher