|The Sears Lynn from the 1939 Modern Homes catalog. Scan from The Arts & Crafts Society.|
"More than often simplicity means good taste." Sears used this phrase to describe the Sears Lynn. This simplicity is what makes the house so tough to identify out in the wild.
The Minimal Traditional housing style gained traction in the 1930's and stayed popular until the early 1950's. There are entire neighborhoods filled with houses that resemble the Sears Lynn.
Sears Homes of Chicagoland reader Jill Grusak contacted me about her authenticated Sears Lynn in Highland, Indiana. Authentication is the only way to ensure that a Minimal Traditional house is actually from Sears.
|8935 Richard, Highland, IN. Photo from Realtor site.|
This Lynn has been through a lot of changes over the years--at one time it was even a two-flat. The front door was moved at build time to the side (so the window added to the front is now in the vestibule). According to Jill, "Our porch was enclosed and the attic is finished with a dormer up front. We also have an enclosed outside staircase from when this was a two flat."