In the American Southwest, home style has long gone its own way. The southwestern home hugs the ground. With walls of adobe or stucco and roofs of red tile, the southwest style home blocks out the harsh desert sun. Often centered around courtyards with small fountains, southwest style homes, as simple as they are, can be extremely comfortable. In gentler climates such as coastal California, southwest style homes open out, through patios, taking in the ocean views and sea breezes.
Historic Home Plans --- Southwest Style Home Plans --- The Alhambra Model

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The Alhambra Model - Sears Home Plan - 1925

A Mission style home plan by Sears Roebuck
$41 - 4 Sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Ext. Dimensions apx. 42' x 50'
2 Stories, 3-4 Bedrooms, 1-2 baths
Built 1925, Cheverly, Maryland
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1989

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The Alhambra Model - Sears Home Plan - 1925

For a time, Sears Roebuck, pioneer of the catalog in your mailbox, produced entire houses, available by mail order. This model, The Alhambra, with its stucco exterior and unusual roofline, was inspired by Spanish and Mission motifs popular in the southwest. This particular example, built in 1925 in Cheverly, Maryland, had a few minor alterations made on site, and one major one, an addition to the north.

As a work of art these prints are worth purchasing in their own right. For those of you interested in building a historically inspired house, these plans offer an excellent starting point. This compact and efficient plan has the Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen each opening off the next, on the first floor. The addition contains a den/bedroom and a full bath. The second floor contains 4 bedrooms and a bath. The smallest bedroom could be converted to a bath to form a Master Bedroom suite. Although ideal for a flat site, these plans would also work on a low sloping one. This house would be comfortable in a suburb or country setting. Including porches and the addition, the house has outside dimensions of approximately 42' x50'.

  • Building name:      The Alhambra, Sears Roebuck home plan

  • Designer/Architect:      Sears Roebuck & Co.

  • Date of construction:      1925

  • Location:      Cheverly, Maryland

  • Style:      Mission Style Home

  • Number of sheets:      4 sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Sheet List
  • Cover sheet, Information

  • First Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Second Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Elevation, 1/4"=1'-0"

The prints you are purchasing are crisp, high resolution black line copies on white bond paper. The original drawings were beautifully delineated in 1989, by the Historic American Building Survey.

Please view my other plans for more Mission Style home plans and for a large variety of house plans in many other styles as well.

SHIPPING: Your drawings are shipped to you, by US Postal Service, rolled, not folded, in a Priority Mail tube.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO BUILD: These plans are NOT complete architectural drawings as might be required by your local permitting agency and do not contain all the structural, waterproofing and other details and information necessary for construction. But your local builder or architect should be able to adapt these drawings and add to them as necessary. What they do provide is accurate design information about a REAL Mission Style home, not a pseudo-Mission tract house as you will find in the house plan magazines on your supermarket shelf. (SE001)

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