July 25, 2017

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 Coast but only one Priscilla listed in Illinois--this one in Gurnee. I was able to authenticate the house with a mortgage record from Sears Roebuck.

817 N. Rogers Rd., Gurnee. Photo from Realtor site.


Sears Priscilla from the 1928 Modern Homes catalog.


Photo from Realtor site.


The living room of the Priscilla, as shown in the 1926 Modern Homes catalog.

July 11, 2017

Sears Maywood in Lake Zurich

298 N. Pleasant Rd., Lake Zurich,

Sears Maywood from the 1926 Modern Homes catalog.


This authenticated Sears Maywood was built in 1928. The two porches on either side have been enclosed, and they may have been like that originally. All the other details on the exterior match the catalog illustration.


This appears to be an original Sears door.


The door is on the far left. Catalog scan courtesy of Sears House Seeker.


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