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The Sears Buildings – apparently, modular was in, then

Maybe I’m the last to know about this.

Apparently, the Sears, Roebuck Company liked consistency in its buildings.

In the early 20th century, the corporation built several large buildings across the United States that were very similar, if not identical, in design.

Who knew?

Here are some of their buildings, built around the same time.

Sears building, Minneapolis

Sears building, Boston

Sears building, Memphis

Sears building, Chicago

Sears building, Oakland

Sears building, Brooklyn

Can’t remember

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7 Responses to “The Sears Buildings – apparently, modular was in, then” »»

  1. TCM
    Comment by TCM | 10/31/06 at 8:55 pm

    There was also one in Philadelphia, until a fire ruined it. It was later

    demolished and turned into a crappy shopping center. So sad! I remember walking home from school

    one day and seeing the smoke and flames coming out of the


  2. Comment by Michael Anders | 11/01/06 at 12:19 am

    I find it kinda cool that a company would build all its building the same.

  3. Me
    Comment by Me | 06/29/07 at 1:06 am

    Yeah, retailers have been doing that for a while…

  4. Comment by Abigail | 08/05/07 at 2:24 pm

    Seeing your lineup of Sears-style buildings around the country,

    I immediately guessed the locally-famous Starbucks World Headqurters started life as a Sears

    building. Turns out it was Washington’s first Sears store. Still houses some Sears operations,


  5. Comment by Sean T. | 03/02/08 at 1:36 am

    That brown brick style one there is pretty common too. Or WAS. I remember there being one in KC, MO until the 80s when they tore it down. There is still one here in Atlanta though. It’s City Hall East, though soon they plan to move out. They say it’s loaded with asbestos. What will be it’s fate? Yuppie condos or the wrecking ball, and then….yuppie condos!

  6. Comment by alva | 03/27/08 at 3:58 pm

    the sears in los angeles boyle hights landmark number #788 store unit number 1008 it is still in use by sears,it is located at 2650 e olympic blvd

  7. Comment by Pat Choate | 12/14/12 at 3:53 am

    Another copy is found in Dallas, Texas.

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