Second Example Of Older Houses In Downtown Dickinson

This is my second example of an older home in downtown Dickinson, North Dakota.  This particular home is located approximately one block south of the Courthouse.

I believe that this home was built between 1910 to 1935.  This is another example of Colonial a.k.a. Georgian architecture.  You will see houses almost identical to this one in the old downtown neighborhoods in Daytona, Savannah, Pueblo, Flagstaff, Idaho Falls, or Uvalde, Texas, anywhere that I have been.

One of the reasons why houses almost identical to this one appear in every town, is because this may have been one of the house plans available from Sears Roebuck & Co.  From approximately 1908 through 1940, you could order house plans and complete house kits from Sears Roebuck & Co.  Perform a Google search, type in “Sears Roebuck & Co. Kit Homes”, and near the top of the first page of search results the websites “The Arts &Crafts Society” and “www.searsarchives.com/homes” have archives of all these house designs and plans.

This house was probably built before there were televisions in people’s homes.  Any time of day, people would sit out on the porch.  In the morning to read the paper, in the afternoon to take a break, in the evening to socialize, and at night to cool off when the house was still hot inside.  This house appears to have an upstairs porch too.  At night, the homeowner could lay on an outside lounge on the upstairs porch, and stare up at the stars, and if he was Mormon, could wonder what planet he would become god of.

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