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Sears, Roebuck House

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1908. 3401 Stuart St.

Between 1908 and 1940 the Modern Homes Department of Sears, Roebuck and Company sold a million homes nationwide in 450 ready-to-assemble designs. One of the many options was this four-square, constructed of rough-faced concrete blocks made by a contraption sold by Sears. One of the few known surviving mail-order homes in Denver, this has five bedrooms, one bath, and solid oak flooring and wood-work. Lena and John Otte, the brother and sister who assembled this house, also purchased from Sears the leaded art glass windows, beveled plate glass in the front door, “palace car” mirrored mantel ($10.53), a complete plumbing system ($34.44), and a hot water heating system ($209.14). The Ottes lived in an outbuilding, the current garage, while Lena, clad in overalls, did much of the construction. John helped on weekends. The original Tuscan porch columns have been replaced by cast stone railings and pillars that match the house.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Sears, Roebuck House", [Denver, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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