The ability of mail-order companies to bring stylish, well-crafted houses to the American countryside is clearly demonstrated in the Frank Lawrence House, a commodious multi-gabled Colonial Revival residence in sparsely populated southern Montgomery County, near its border with Floyd County. The house was built around 1918 using a model from a Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog. Most of its elements were shipped by railroad. The Sears catalog describes the model as a “large modern residence with a large front porch with Colonial columns.” Interior details included with it were “colonnaded openings between hall and living room; built-in bookcases with leaded glass doors in living room; china closet in dining room; and semi-open stairs.” The house, model C215, was offered from 1911 to 1917 and was priced at $1,561. The Frank Lawrence House is the only dwelling in Montgomery County positively identified as a mail-order structure.
The Frank Lawrence House was listed in the registers under the Prehistoric and Historic Resources of Montgomery County MPD.
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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark