March 24, 2015

A Sears Elmwood on the Move

2606 Park Lane, Glenview. 

The Sears Elmwood.

This Sears Elmwood was built in 1917. It has had both the front porch and sleeping porch enclosed but otherwise looks much as it did when it was first built. It still retains the original tapered columns and much of the original trim work.

March 17, 2015

Sears Milford in Wilmette

There were very few housing starts in 1933, the heart of the Great Depression. In Wilmette, there were only a handful of residences constructed that summer--and this Sears Milford was one of them.


2038 Beechwood, Wilmette.

The Sears Milford, from the 1936 Modern Homes catalog.

March 10, 2015

Sears Homes Featured in Children's Books (Part 2)

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm is a Newbery Honor Book published in 2010. The story takes place during the Great Depression, and, in it, 11-year-old Turtle has to move to Key West to stay with relatives she has never met.

My daughter informs me that Turtle in Paradise is recommended reading at her middle school and that several of her friends are doing reports on it for their classes.

I noticed that my 
article about the Sears Bellewood house was getting an inordinate number of hits and finally realized that it was because of students doing research on Turtle in Paradise.

In the novel, the family's dream house is the Sears Bellewood. Now kids all over the country are curious to know what the Bellewood looks like.

March 3, 2015

Sears Homes Featured in Children's Books (Part 1)

407 Pine Street, Rolfe, Iowa. Photo courtesy of Ruth Agle.


The No. 146 from Sears, later renamed the Saratoga.
This No. 146 was built in early 1913 by Jerome D. Hollenbeck in Rolfe, Iowa.
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