Building the American Dream by Mail: Kit Houses in Greater Portland

  • TALBOT Lecture Hall, on the 1st floor of Luther Bonney Hall, USM 85 Bedford Street Portland, ME, 04101 United States

Photo by Jay York

Building the American Dream by Mail:
Kit Houses in Greater Portland

Co-Sponsored by TEMPOArt and USM Department of History and Political Science

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
TALBOT Lecture Hall, on the 1st floor of Luther Bonney Hall,  USM

Speaker: Julie Larry, Director of Advocacy for Greater Portland Landmarks

The American Dream of home ownership was fostered in the early 20th century by Sears Roebuck, Montgomery Ward, and other national companies through sales of their pre-cut and ready to assemble homes. In Greater Portland a few local examples of these kit homes have been identified and researched by Greater Portland Landmarks, including a concentration of homes in the 1920s-era Oakwood Heights subdivision near USM. The lecture will explain the architectural styles popularized through kit homes,  tell the story of the companies that sold houses through the mail, and pass along ways you can help to locate potential kit homes in your neighborhood.  

This event is free and open to the public but space is limited so registration is required.