The Ultimate Mail Order Package & Other Tales of Old Round Top

When Alfred Levien proposed to Adele Ander in 1916, he made her a solemn promise.

“My father told his future bride, my mother, that she wouldn’t have to live with his mother and sisters after they were married,” Cordell Levien says.

In 1916, Alfred placed an order with Sears, Roebuck and Co., which was headquartered in Chicago, Ill., for Modern Home No. 264P105. According to the catalog description, the two-story, five-room house measuring 22x27.6 feet was inexpensive, just right for a family of moderate size. Although the plans included a large 20x5-foot porch with colonial columns, indoor plumbing wasn’t taken into consideration.

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