August 25, 2015

An Authenticated Sears Colchester in Glen Ellyn

327 Geneva Road, Glen Ellyn.



The Sears Colchester, from 1929.

This authenticated Sears Colchester is on a busy road in Glen Ellyn. The Tudor Revival was built in 1930, and "Sears Roebuck" is on the building permit. The floor plan is reversed.

August 18, 2015

Waukegan Kit Home Featured on National TV

This summer a kit house in the Chicago area was featured on not one, but two, nationally broadcast television shows.

811 W. Grove, Waukegan. Photo courtesy of Lake County Assessor.


Montgomery Ward Maywood. Scan from Antique Home Style.



The entry after some landscaping improvements done on George to the Rescue. Photo courtesy of Sweet Peas Design.


This summer, this Maywood model from Montgomery Ward was featured on both The Meredith Vieira Show and George to the Rescue











August 11, 2015

A Quick Tour of Kit Homes in Highland Park

Last month Lisa Temkin, a Historic Preservation Commissioner in Highland Park, was kind enough to give me a quick tour of the catalog kit houses in her town. Lisa herself lives in a John Van Bergen house, and she has a wealth of knowledge about many residences in Highland Park.

Here are some of the highlights of our tour.
 

1683 Deerfield Road, Highland Park. It was tough to get a shot of this house! Let's just say there was some trespassing involved.

The Mount Vernon from Montgomery Ward.

 
A leafless shot of the same house.

This house was misidentified as a Sears Crescent on an architectural survey. I believe it is actually a Mount Vernon model from Montgomery Ward (or a Cabot model from Gordon-Van Tine--the same model sold by two different companies).

This Colonial Revival house was built in 1928 by James B. McCraren and his new bride Frances. The house stayed in the McCraren family until the mid-1990's.

August 4, 2015

What Happened When You Purchased an Aladdin Kit Home

It is highly unusual to find the original correspondence, receipts, and packing lists associated with a kit house. Recently, I posted about a Sears house in Indiana that had all the original documentation from Sears Roebuck. Today, we're going to feature a 1950 Aladdin Parkway in Maine that has all its original documentation.

Lauren of Antique Home received the paperwork from the current homeowner who purchased the Aladdin house from the original family. Then Lauren gave me the information to share on Sears Homes of Chicagoland. (Just to give you an idea of the chain of custody!)

Let's take a look at the Aladdin Parkway as it stands today.

37 Western Ave., Fairfield, Maine. Image courtesy of Google Streetview.

 
The Aladdin Parkway. Aladdin said that this was an actual photo of a Parkway... somewhere. Scan courtesy of Daily Bungalow.

 
The Parkway in Maine has a reversed floor plan. It was originally purchased by Halstead H. Crosby and his wife, Katharine. They were married in 1946 and placed a deposit on the Aladdin Parkway in the summer of 1949.
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