Sears Homes of Chicagoland

By Lara Solonickne | Sears Homes of Chicagoland is a biweekly blog that features houses ordered from mail-order catalogs--Sears Roebuck, Montgomery Ward, Harris Homes, and others. These kit homes are undiscovered treasures that are hidden in plain sight.

Gracious Living in a Sears Lewiston

641 Highview Terrace, Lake Forest.<p>Sears Lewiston from 1932.<p>Sears sold the Sears Lewiston for 11 years--from 1929 to 1940.<p>Authors Robert Schweitzer …

Houses

The Surprising Sears House That Became a Unicorn

The surprising Sears Bryant was sold in 1938 and 1939. This design was revolutionary and dramatically different from any other model Sears sold. The …

Houses

From Old Madrid in Sunny Spain... the Wardway Barcelona

Montgomery Ward Barcelona.<p>The Barcelona from Montgomery Ward was one of the Spanish Revival style kit houses sold in the late 1920's. It featured:<p>a …

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Sears Cornell in "a New Model Suburb"

1701 Harding, Northfield.<p>Sears Cornell from the 1928 Modern Homes catalog.<p>This Sears Cornell is located in Northfield. It is not authenticated, but …

A Spanish Bungalow Fit for a King

Sears Del Rey.<p>Sears first sold the Del Rey bungalow in 1920. With its long windows, low-pitched crossing gables, and ornamental brackets, it is an …

This Hamilton You Can See for Free in Glencoe

1155 Green Bay Road, Glencoe. Photo from Realtor site.<p>Sears Hamilton from the 1916 Modern Homes catalog. That year it was called No. 264P150. Scan …

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The Last Two Sears Arlingtons?

The Sears Arlington was a popular model for Sears, sold for over a decade from 1911 to 1922. There are only two Arlingtons still extant in the …

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Priscilla, not the Queen of Illinois

The Sears Priscilla was a Dutch Colonial sold in the late 1920's. Surprisingly, the national database of Sears houses has many Priscillas on the East …

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Sears Maywood in Lake Zurich

298 N. Pleasant Rd., Lake Zurich,<p>Sears Maywood from the 1926 Modern Homes catalog.<p>This authenticated Sears Maywood was built in 1928. The two porches …

Sears Catalog Home – A Charming Cottage To Love

Sears Catalog Home Is A Charming Cottage To Love Did you know, well you probably know, but if you’re younger, you might not know it. Starting back in …

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Another of the "Rare 10"--the Sears Lynn

The 10 new models introduced in the 1939 Sears Modern Homes catalog are difficult to identify, due to their nondescript styling. Some of these "Rare …

A Sears Osborn That Will Make You Say "Wow"

<i>Sears Homes of Chicagoland</i> reader Debbie Krone emailed me to say a Sears Osborn was listed for sale in her hometown of Villa Park. <br>It's difficult to …

One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure

730 E. Downer, Aurora.<p>Sears Modern Home No. 126.<p>This poor, neglected Sears No. 126 is located in Aurora and was built around 1909. <br>It still has the …

There's a First Time for Everything

I started this website in January 2012, and have featured hundreds of kit houses in the Chicago area. The original owners of those houses had one …

Secret Rooms Did Not Come Standard

Be honest. As a kid, you always longed for a secret room in your house. <br>Sears didn't offer secret rooms as an option on their kit houses, but during …

Which Would You Choose?

It's January 1932 and you're seriously thinking about building a kit house. You have some carpentry experience, and you know you can handle the …

A Sears Puritan in Libertyville

Libertyville has about 12 Sears houses and a smattering of kit homes from other manufacturers. One of the Sears houses is a Puritan model.<p>415 W. …