I believe there are still a few of these left on Chapel Lane in Riverside

Article here on Sears Roebuck homes, which were panelized, then shipped by rail to Riverside (among other towns throughout America, of course), and assembled up the road. Modern amenities featured indoor plumbing and central heat, which held no interest for the few Irishmen permitted in Greenwich back then, but others saw the benefits. I know of at least two still standing on Chapel, or they were a year or so ago, but unfortunately, they surely won’t survive the rise in land value of the lots they’re sitting on.

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20 responses to “I believe there are still a few of these left on Chapel Lane in Riverside

  1. Mickster๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€

    Who do you think assembled them, fool!! Happy Father’s Day! Off to breakfast with Mickster Jr’s crew.
    BTW, does St Catherine’s in Riverside still do that Father’s Day Mass at the beach?

  2. Sound Beacher

    Yes, it’s down by the 2nd Concession stand 9am

  3. A faithful reader

    My mom has a house in Darien that was built in 1926. We believe the house was a Montgomery Ward house. There is no indication anywhere in the house, but you can see the “Montgomery Ward” stamp on the garage wall. Pretty cool!

  4. Stamford Disgruntled

    Any comments comparing the quality of materials and construction vs today’s homes generally?

  5. anon

    What’s really noticeable is the one bathroom, downstairs. The kids who slept upstairs had to come downstairs to pee. I know most houses in that era only had one bathroom but it was usually at the top of the stairs with bedrooms on all sides. This layout is tough. No king size beds then either. Mom and pops use twins?

    Would this house been built on a slab – i.e. no basement?

  6. A faithful reader.

    The fact that house in Darien is still in one piece after 90 years (!!!) is amazing. The kitchen and bathroom (upstairs, and only one for 5 people) were updated in the late sixties, garage doors updated a few years later (I remember rollerskating in circles on the new concrete…), but other than that, everything is original and working. No doubt the new owners will raze it and build new. Having moved in with my parents in 1964 ($24K!!), it will be interesting to see what it will go for when it is sold. I don’t want to be there when they knock it down….

  7. Anonymous

    I want one!

    • Martha

      Me too! I think they look(ed) really nice. Someone should replicate the business idea. I think they could do well, especially with the tiny house movement

  8. The house I grew up in on Shore Road in OG was a Sears Craftsman, built in the 1920’s. There were different models available. Ours had two bathrooms and four bedrooms upstairs.

    It was a nice house. I think the current owner did a gut renovation and addition rather than a tear down. My parents paid $30k for it in 1962, but it was direct waterfront.

    • Mickster๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€

      Two bathrooms in a 1920s house? That’s posh! Were they both inside? Just kidding..

      • We were living high, no question about it.

        My Grandmother on my father’s side was livid that my parents paid that much for the house. She thought they were crazy and would lose their shirts when they had to sell.

        She was wrong.

    • Anonymous

      I’d buy that house today. I love the craftsman styling on these.

  9. Anonymous

    I lived in a Sears house in Norwalk. It was incredibly well laid out and comfortable. Full basement. Huge attic for storage. Looked like the one pictured, but different floor plan. Very solid, sturdy construction.

  10. Call It Like I See It

    Chris Fountain — Happy Fathers Day to you.

  11. Nopo chick

    I wish this type of system still existed!

  12. Anony

    Thinking of you on this Father’s day. Know you are thinking of your much loved boy and missing him.

  13. TraderVic

    Agreed I am thinking about you today, but knowing with certainty that you have two amazing daughters who are pulling you through.