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Mar 14

Arlington’s Sears’ Kit Houses

Thursday 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Do you live in a Sears’ kit house or have a hunch that you might? These houses were extremely popular in the 1920s and 1930s, but by the 1950s, fell into disfavor. In the 1970s, a resurgence of interest sparked volunteers to catalogue nearly 1000 kit houses in Arlington. Come hear Katherine Holt Springston, instigator of this survey, discuss its genesis and importance. Learn what a Sears’ house is and isn’t and how to authenticate one. Springston will dispel myths about Sears’ homes and provide details on several that still exist in Arlington.
Kathryn Holt Springston is a lifelong resident of Cherrydale, an author of several books and numerous articles on local history, an honorary member of the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department. She is a recognized expert and consulting historian for the National Park Service (and others) on Sears’ Kit Homes.
The program is free and open to the public. It will take place in the Reinsch Library auditorium on the Main Campus of Marymount University. This event is part of a monthly series of public programs sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society and Marymount University’s Department of History and Politics. For more information, please visit Email: or call: (703) 942-9247

Location: Reinsch Library Auditorium

DRIVING DIRECTIONS and FREE PARKING: Attendees should enter the Marymount University campus at the library gate on N. 26th Street. Then turn left and park in the garage at the bottom of the incline. Handicapped parking is available at this 26th Street entrance immediately upon entry at the library. For complete directions to the Main Campus of Marymount University (2807 N. Glebe Road) go to