Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tropical Patriot–Tampa

"Tropical Patriot–Tampa", 8x8, oil


I've seen several houses like this in Hyde Park with a row of identical column bases across the front but one missing column in front of where the front door is.  The asymmetry looks a bit strange to me but it must have been on purpose.  Usually people put a planter on the lonely column base.

I was told that a lot of these small cottages in Hyde Park were Sears houses: designed and marketed by Sears Roebuck. The house was sold as a kit, and the pieces were shipped by train to the railroad station nearest to the lot.  Owners usually assembled it themselves.  In fact our first home in New Jersey was a Sears house.  I always wondered how big the instruction booklet was.

–Linda

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