|121 W. Fremont, Arlington Heights|
|Wardway Essex from the 1925 catalog|
Arlington Heights has a hidden treasure on Fremont Street--right across from the library. A one-and-a-half story California bungalow from the Montgomery Ward catalog--the Essex.
I never could have identified this one on my own. Author Rebecca Hunter had this in her master list of catalog home locations.
Gordon-Van Tine, a kit house company in Davenport Iowa, sold the exact same house and called it No. 504. (Gordon-Van Tine fulfilled all Montgomery Ward house orders.) There was a Wardway Homes sales office in Arlington Heights, so I would guess that this house is from Wards, rather than Gordon-Van Tine.
The Essex was sold by Montgomery Ward in the years 1922-1929. The house on Fremont first appeared in the census and telephone directories in 1930 and was initially occupied by renters.
The floor plan matches that of the Essex.
|In the Essex, the front door opens directly into the living room.|
I could not dig up any information on the original owners. The only thing I found was this real estate ad from 1938, calling the house the "best buy in Arlington Heights". It was listed for $5,000.
There is only one Wardway Essex listed on the national database--this one in Arlington Heights.