Restored Balustrades on a Sears Westly

The “Westly”, a popular kit house by Sears, was offered throughout the ‘teens and 1920’s.  Its overtly Craftsman porch supports and balustrade make it memorable and easily recognizable.  The following Westly, built in Holdrege, Nebraska, had lost its original balustrades at some point as seen in an image from 2013, (second image below).

Earlier this year, I photographed the house.  Its porches have been restored with balustrades replicating the originals… it looks so much better now!


A period Sears catalog page depicting the Westly.


This image dated 2013 from Google Street View shows the house without its distinctive balustrades and a with pair of modern sliding glass doors in the dormer.


This is how the house appeared earlier this year!  SO much better.  Now, about those sliding glass doors…


3 Responses to Restored Balustrades on a Sears Westly

    • Definitely refreshing to see people actually restoring a house as opposed to remodeling it! For owners of historic houses that pre-date the kit house era, finding documentation to accurately guide a restoration can often be problematic – conjecture is often implemented. But with the abundance of documentation for kit houses, their lucky owners have a wealth of material to answer their questions. I’m very glad that the owners of this house did the right thing!

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