Attraction: Miller House Museum

Madeira’s historic Miller House Museum is opening for tours twice a month. Built in 1922, this Sears Roebuck kit house, operated by the Madeira Historical Society, presents an accurate slice of life

click to enlarge The Miller House Museum
The Miller House Museum

Madeira’s historic Miller House Museum is opening for tours twice a month. Built in 1922, this Sears Roebuck kit house, operated by the Madeira Historical Society, presents an accurate slice of life as it was from the 1920s through 1950. 

Acting as a private residence until 1998, the home — a Sears Crescent model — was purchased from the Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalogue and constructed on-site by the patriarch of the family. Sears began selling complete, mail-order kits with all materials necessary to construct a home in 1908 and continued up until 1940. Their first specialty catalogue for the DIY homes, Book of Modern Homes and Building Plans, featured 22 styles ranging from $650-$2,500 — eventually expanding to 447 different styles. 

Only 70,000-75,000 of these actual Sears homes were sold (there were other copy-cat kits available on the market), and the Miller House is one of the authentic Sears structures. Visit the home on your own or take a docent-led tour. 

1-4 p.m. the first Saturday and third Sunday of the month. Free, but donations accepted. 7226 Miami Ave., Madeira, 513-561-9069, madeirahs.org


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