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.

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 …

Architecture

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 …

Architecture

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Houses

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 …