Cumberland County Restored Sears Kit Home with 2-Story Addition, $ 630,000 Pool: Cool Spaces

Built in 1918, this bungalow-style home is a unique and rare example of American architectural history.

More than a century ago, Daniel A. Donovan and his wife Mary built the house where they would raise their daughter.

Mr. Donovan was a railroad engineer with Pennsylvania Railroad’s Broadway Limited, from Harrisburg to New York.

With his profession as a railroad worker, it made sense for the Donovans to order a house in Sears kit, the Elsmore Model No. 13192, designed with a large front porch that covers the entire width of the house and an entrance that opens directly onto the living room.

This floor plan also includes a kitchen overlooking the courtyard, the stairs to the attic without a lift and the internal stairs leading to the basement.

The pre-cut and assembled kits from Sears, Roebuck and Co., including this one, were shipped in a rail freight car and transported from the rail yard to the site of origin.

Each kit contained around 30,000 pieces, nearly everything needed to build the house, along with a 75-page instruction book and framing members marked for easy instruction.

Between 1908 and 1940, Sears, Roebuck and Co. sold approximately 70,000 house kits in more than 300 house projects.

Over the years, this house fell into disrepair until it was rescued by the current owner.

The house has received a new lease of life with an exterior restoration that brought back the charm of Elsmore’s original design and curb appeal.

A Sears commercial for the Elsmore house design. A Cool Spaces home at 2010 Lenox Street in Camp Hill. July 20, 2022. Dan Gleiter | [email protected]

The interior has been renovated by incorporating some original elements such as the hardware and door hinges, moldings and the original wavy windows that frame the fireplace in the living room.

During the renovation, Sears’ original home shipping label was found and other home kit identifiers such as stamped lumber were found, along with other forms of verification, according to the real estate agent.

The original floor plan has been slightly modified, increasing the living area to four bedrooms and three bathrooms on 3,100 square feet of space, incorporating a large kitchen area on the right rear side of the house, off the large living room.

The area originally occupied by the kitchen is now part of a new two-story addition that can only be seen from the back of the house. The addition added the master bedroom, expanded the kitchen, and added an exposed family living room downstairs that opens onto the courtyard.

2010 Lenox Street: Cool Spaces

A Cool Spaces home at 2010 Lenox Street in Camp Hill. Photo provided by REALTOR. Dan Gleiter | [email protected]

The courtyard is a complete entertainment area with its concrete saltwater pool, fenced yard, custom landscaping, and new three-car freestanding garage with an open front cathedral ceiling area in natural yellow pine and a mezzanine on the second floor.

As an added bonus, the three-car garage has water and gas lines connecting to it for future outdoor entertainment options.

The designer kitchen includes a second flight of stairs at the rear that leads directly to the finished lower level.

The kitchen includes a large center island, recessed nooks, custom maple cabinets, ice white granite counter tops, tile backsplash, bar stools, and wide plank flooring.

During the renovation, all wiring and plumbing was replaced and modern windows were installed and LED lighting was installed inside and outside the house.

The entire interior was stripped and blown insulation added along with all the new drywall.

Located at 2010 Lenox Street in Camp Hill, this “new” Sears kit home is priced at $ 629,900 by agent Michael Vogel, with Century 21 Realty Services.

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