Aladdin Readi-Cut Houses

1906 to 1981
Bay City, Michigan

List of Aladdin Readi-Cut Homes

Aladdin Georgia Model Kit House

Aladdin Georgia Model Kit Home

One of seven major firms that provided "kit" houses to the mass market in the first four decades of this century. The first company to offer a true "kit" house with pre-cut, numbered pieces. It was one of three kit-house companies located in Michigan's thumb area. Along with Lewis (Liberty) and Sterling (International Mill and Timber), Aladdin was located in the lumber town of Bay City. Starting from a small flyer for a "knock-down" boat house in 1906, they grew to publish a hundred page, hard cover, full color catalogue by 1916. Aladdin offered kits for simple vacation homes, barns, and garages. Their biggest business was in the housing trade, where they offered numerous Bungalow types as well as larger Craftsman and Georgian Colonial Revival homes. Throughout the period of 1910 to 1940, Aladdin offered over 450 different models. Catalogues changed each year reflecting consumer preferences. These catalogues are highly prized for their creative graphics and art work.

Alladin Kit House - The Marsden

1916 Aladdin Kit Home - The Marsden

For more information on Aladdin and the other kit house companies see:

Americas Favorite Homes, by Robert Schweitzer & Michael W.R. Davis, Wayne State University Press, Detroit, Michigan, 1990.

Aladdin "Built in a Day" House Catalog, 1917 by The Aladdin Company, Dover Books on Architecture, 1995.

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