Taken on 03/24/09
More of the
Taken on 03/25/09
This building and location was suggested by
Hope M. of Perceptionphotography.biz
Beautiful old house in Henderson, Route
72, built sometime in 1830, 2,376 square foot. We have this listed as a Sears
Roebuck house model #167 but this seems to be incorrect, see comment below from Scott A. Jacob concerning incongruities with the year built and whether this is indeed a Sears Roebuck house, and also comment by Lori T about the same.
We have corrected the previously incorrect square footage.
We are happy to say that we have heard that this house has been bought and is in the process of being remodeled, and now is in use and is no longer abandoned!
(even creepier) artwork of this house can be found on this page.
Hope writes that she talked to Gary Rhodes, a local genealogist who owns the
Cyrus Bates House, and he said the name he knows this house by is the Phillips
Home, a Sears & Roebuck Kit house." She also has found
that the 1864 map shows as the home of O. Potter."
"Fabulous find and shot. I love the boarded up windows! It kind of makes you
wonder why all but one is boarded up, maybe that one is where the ghost sits and
looks out at you! LOL"
"Oh my god, this is a scary house... I would NEVER go in there for a night."
dags: "This is really spooky. Nice
"How melancholy; I love it."
"Rather Stephen King-ish! Yikes!"
Kathy Mereand (via
Flickr.com): "A beautiful old house a reflection
of someone's pride in workmanship in a far distant past. How many of our modern
houses will reflect this beauty if they even survive this long."
writes: "oh MAN I would LOVE to buy one of these old houses and renovate it into
a B&B these stately old homes just have a feel, something ineffable, something
that just cant be duplicated in a new structure, maybe it's the spirits, maybe
it's just the weathering, I don't know but I LOVE them!"
T. writes "Amazing house! Would love to see the inside. As for being a Sears Kit
house, Sears didn't start marketing kit homes until 1908 and this house appears
to be much older."
(via Facebook) writes "We
were in Henderson last night and saw this place. Amazing. Driving past, even the
roof line appeared straight and in good shape. I bet it was a beauty in its
writes "I have seen this picture I feel so relief that time, like an some where
heaven really, Nice Picture :)"
Bella Luna Creative (via
Rodney Harvey (via
house...which it was several states closer!"
Cody Kapcsos (via
Flickr.com): "This one is begging to be
painted up!! Man think of all the bright colours you could add to this beaut!"
3/3113 Mellisa writes "I was born and raised in upstate NY and our family
friends owned/rented this home. We would visit every weekend and go to the
beach. There used to be a wrap around porch. The inside was beautiful and had a
large spiral staircase and a couple 'hidden hideouts' as we called them. I would
love to know the history of this house that we all called our 'big brown
4/30 madair writes "What a shame
this house is just sitting there and falling apart. Live right around the corner
from it and my husband and I restore houses so we cringe everytime we see it.
The guy just won't sell it."
Scott A. Jacob:
"1830's Sears kit home???? quite unlikely
I was curiously confused by the photo's initial description which claims this house to be from the 1830's and also a Sears kit home at the amazing square footage of 23 thousand square feet! Now, I know of no Sears kit home that dates from the 1830's since Sears's first kit home was offered in 1907, and certainly none as big as a 23,000 sq.ft. megamansion were ever offered. So I'd like to suggest a correction that makes more logical sense. That the house dates to the 1830's could be entirely true. It's massing and even window alignment makes it possible it began as a typical gable front vernacular Greek Revival typical of the period, but from there, two possible stories could have happened which combine the other elements. First, the square footage must actually be 2,300 sq. ft., or what people refer to sometimes as being "23 hundred". An easily misinterpreted mistake. As for the house's construction history, I believe that it was updated and remodeled in such a way that it LOOKS like the "Maytown" model #167 in the sears catalogue of 1923. (which could also be another source for the misconstrued detail which spurned the 23,000 sq. ft. comment.) In any case, in the spirit of competition, there were many other companies making kit homes and selling them across the country at the same time and most of them copied the more popular models from one another which can create a bit of havoc amongst historic preservationists and restoration specialists when doing research on kit built homes. Believe me when I say "havoc", I'm being kind because it's more like a hopeless headache! Unless you have documented proof that a home is a Sears home specifically, and you find stamped numbers on your rafters and a Sears & Roebuck tag hanging from the pipes or stamped somewhere, it's near impossible to say for certain which of the over 500 companies making kit homes at the time the home was built from. If that isn't daunting enough, it gets worse, because it's also possible that PARTS of several kit homes were ordered and combined by amature builders to create an end result which looked like what we see today and might easily confuse as being a particular kit model from a particular company. I've provided a link to show the Sears "Maytown" model #167 so you can get a better sense of why and how I've concluded what I've stated. I mean no disrespect in any way to the details so stated earlier for which I found reason to respond, it's easy to confuse details, but in fact I give all my respect to the new owner fixing up this great looking home and I'm glad it will be around for at least another couple generations for all to enjoy. Maybe the details of it's history can be sorted out and explained through more research and reported in some future comment."