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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) pres.

Discover Ann Arbor Area Kit Homes

An "Evenings With OLLI" Event

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Did you know that, if you lived in Ann Arbor from 1906 until WWII, you could order your own kit house from a catalog (Sears, Wards, or various others)? You would have the kit picked up at the Ann Arbor railway station, delivered to your site, and assembled yourself, or with the help of local craftspeople.

This was the ultimate do-it-yourself project. There were roughly 200 of these homes built in the Ann Arbor area. The kit home industry was centered in Bay City, MI, with over a half million kit homes assembled around the country.

Come to this fascinating presentation to learn the history of kit homes, and see a virtual tour of local properties.

Our presenters are Andy and Wendy Mutch, owners of a 1926 Sears kit home in Novi, Michigan. Their hobby is the researching and the documenting of kit house homes. Check out their website at and their blog at

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute membership is not required to attend this event.
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