Sylvan Lake in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
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Kit Homes in Sylvan Lake
Demand for housing began to skyrocket
in the early 1900s as thousands came to southeast Michigan for jobs in the burgeoning automobile industry. Kit homes were an innovative way to help address housing needs. Manufacturers shipped out materials for a whole house, from precut lumber to door knobs and paint. Friends, family and paid skilled tradesmen used these thousands of parts with an instruction manual to assemble houses on prepared foundations. Well-designed, high quality housing at low cost was the result. Kit homes were built in Sylvan Lake from the 1920s until the 1940s and today more than 30 of these handsome houses still stand.
You Auto Know
Sears, Roebuck and Co. sold 450 ready-to-assemble house models, from mansions to bungalows.
Kit Homes in Sylvan Lake
2190 Pontiac Drive
2195 Pontiac Drive
2240 Pontiac Drive
2325 Pontiac Drive
2335 Pontiac Drive
Erected 2013 by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list.
Location. 42° 37.072′ N, 83° 19.49′ W. Marker is in Sylvan Lake, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is on Pontiac Drive 0.1 miles west of Orchard Lake Road, on the left when traveling west. Located on the Clinton River Trail, just south of Pontiac Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Keego Harbor MI 48320, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "X" Marks the Spot (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Escape (approx. Ό mile away); "Body by Fisher" (approx. Ό mile away); Oakland County Boat Club (approx. 0.4 miles away); Learning and Growing (approx. 0.4 miles away); New Life for Children (approx. half a mile away); Sylvan Lake Inn (approx. half a mile away); Welcome to Beaudette Park (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sylvan Lake.
Also see . . . Kit houses in Michigan. Wikipedia article that indicates that kit houses were largely developed in Michigan, many manufacturers were based in Michigan, and many Michigan communities, like Sylvan Lake, still have a lot of examples of kit houses. (Submitted on May 23, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 23, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 23, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. 8. submitted on May 30, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan.