In 2006, I moved back “home” to southeastern Virginia. For 12 years, I’d live in the Midwest (near St. Louis) and during that time, I learned a lot about the kit homes offered by Sears and Montgomery Ward and Gordon Van Tine. Back home in Norfolk, I found that Aladdin kit homes outnumbered the other companies by about three-to-one.

In my own neighborhood (Colonial Place in Norfolk), I found several Aladdin kit homes!

Here in the Southeast, I’ve found that the Pasadena was one of the most popular Aladdin kit homes. The best part is, it’s fairly easy to identify. It’s a long house with very dramatic clipped gables at either end. Through the decades, the pergola side-porch is often transformed into living space, and the double doors on the home’s front are sometimes replaced with a single door with sidelights.

The image below shows the distribution map for Aladdin (from the 1920 catalog).

Aladdin

Below is a close-up of the southeastern region. Aladdin had a mill in Wilmington, so it’s not surprising that the majority of homes I’m finding in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina are Aladdins!

The Aladdin Pasadena is featured in the background of this cute graphic from the front pages of the 1920 Aladdin catalog. The children are extra happy, because *they* live in an Aladdin Pasadena!

The Aladdin Pasadena was featured in this cute picture from the front (inside) cover of the 1920 catalog.

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The Aladdin Pasadena was a popular house, and a distintive one, too!

The Aladdin Pasadena was a popular house, and a distintive one, too!

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This Pasadena has seen a few changes, but still retains the look of its original design.

This Pasadena in Rocky Mount has seen a few changes, but still retains the "look" of its original design.

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Here it is, right in Norfolks Lafayette/Winona neighborhood

The Pasadena is in Norfolk's Lafayette/Winona neighborhood

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And heres the Aladdin Pasadena we found in Atlanta!

An Aladdin Pasadena on a main drag in Atlanta!

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As a point of comparison, this is a PERFECT Pasadena in Lynchburg, Virginia. Note, the side porch is still in original condition.

As a point of comparison, this is a PERFECT Pasadena in Lynchburg, Virginia. Note, the side porch is still in original condition.

An Aladdin Pasadena in a small town just outside of Rainelle, WV. Sometimes, its hard to identify these kit homes because of surrounding landscaping. This house called my name from the highway, and once you hear the sound of an Aladdin Pasadena, you never forget it.  :)

Here's a nice Aladdin Pasadena in a small town just outside of Rainelle, WV. To the uninformed, this may look like a grove of trees, but there is an Aladdin House there. Sometimes, it's hard to identify these kit homes because of surrounding landscaping. This house called my name from the highway, and once you hear the sound of an Aladdin Pasadena, you never forget it. :)

Last but not least is an Aladdin Pasadean in Colonial Heights, Virginia (just outside of Richmond).

An Aladdin

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