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Mail-Order Chic

Mail-Order Homes – single family residences that came delivered by boxcar “pre-cut” – can by found across Blue Island. In the days before power tools, this offered the homeowner and builder a tremendous advantage and savings in time and labor. Often known as “Sears Homes” after the most prominent manufacture of kit houses, Sears, Roebuck & Co., pre-fab housing from Alladin and Montgomery Ward can also be found in Blue Island.

The Blue Island Historic Preservation Commission produced a brochure and tour highlighting these homes in our community. Available at City Hall or you can download your own copy today.

Download “Mail-Order Chic: A Guide to Houses Built from Sears Kits”