Catalogue Homes: ‘Kit Homes’ That Built the Prairies

Catalogue Homes: ‘Kit Homes’ that Built the Prairies
Credit: John Robinson

A century ago, with our flourishing farms and urban centers, there was a high demand for new homes. Designers and skilled trades people were in short supply. Eaton’s, Sears and Aladdin Homes shipped thousands of homes to the Prairies by rail and they were assembled by local labour.

Similar to the way we order online today, these kit homes could be ordered to exact specifications. Millwork, plumbing fixtures and even furniture could be included with your shipment.

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