September 19, 2017

Sears Cornell in "a New Model Suburb"

1701 Harding, Northfield.

Sears Cornell from the 1928 Modern Homes catalog.

This Sears Cornell is located in Northfield. It is not authenticated, but it is a dead-on match to the catalog illustration.

September 5, 2017

A Spanish Bungalow Fit for a King

Sears Del Rey.


Sears first sold the Del Rey bungalow in 1920. With its long windows, low-pitched crossing gables, and ornamental brackets, it is an example of the Spanish Revival style popular in the 1920's. And it happens to be one of my favorite Sears models.

The Del Rey was very similar to a house plan first sold by Pacific Ready Cut Homes in 1919 and Sears may have licensed the design from the same architect.

There are several Del Reys in the Chicago area, in towns such as Algonquin, Elgin, Homewood, and West Chicago. Let's take a closer look at three other Del Reys in the suburbs.

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