February 18, 2013

The Next-Door Neighbors in Glenview

There are two Sears homes next to one another on MacLean Court in Glenview. 

Neighbor to the West--the Sears Crescent

Sears Crescent at 1740 MacLean Court, Glenview.

Sears Crescent, from the 1926 Modern Homes catalog.

The Crescent came in two floor plans. The smaller version had a door on the side of the house, like the one on MacLean Court.

I believe the original owners of the Crescent were Ernest H. Wallace and his wife Anna. In 1924, the Wallaces lived in the Forest Glen neighborhood in Chicago. They were living in Glenview in the fall of 1925, so I think it's logical to infer that the house was constructed in 1925. 

In the 1930 census, the Wallaces lived in the house with their daughter Lillian, their son-in-law Ernest Huber, and the Hubers' son, Eugene. A lot of people in a very tiny house! By 1940, the Wallaces were not there and the Huber family lived there as renters. Ernest Huber worked for a railroad.

The Hubers were still there in 1952. I'm not sure when they moved out, but from 1960 to 2011 the house was owned by William D. Olive, a teacher, and his family. 

According to a 2011 article in the Pioneer Press, the homeowner was attempting to authenticate the house, and said he found markings inside that affirm the house is from Sears. There is no doubt that this is a Crescent, in my very unprofessional opinion.

Neighbor to the East--the Sears Conway

Sears Conway at 1736 MacLean Court, Glenview.

The front porch has been enclosed, and there is an addition in the rear. But there is enough original detail around the porch and the concrete block piers to identify the house as a Sears Conway. The front door is an original Sears door.

The Glenview Historic Preservation Commission refers to this house as the "George and Charlotte Searles House".  They are considering whether this Sears house should be named a local landmark.

A report written for the Glenview Historic Preservation Commission states that the Conway was built in 1927. Unfortunately, the Conway was not offered for sale in 1927. The Crescent next door was likely built in 1925. I suspect the Conway was built in late 1925 or early 1926 by the same builder. 

George and Charlotte Searles were in the house according to the 1930 census. They were not there in 1922. That's the best I can narrow down the construction date without access to telephone or city directories.

George worked for the same railroad as Ernest Huber, his neighbor. George died in 1962 and the house went to his daughter, Leona Skelly. Skelly and her husband lived in the house until at least 1967. By 1975 they had moved to Northbrook.

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