March 19, 2013

A Sears Lewiston Imposter in Arlington Heights

We've talked about how there were look-alike house plans offered by the kit home manufacturers and the plan book companies. As an example, I present a Sears Lewiston imposter in Arlington Heights.

735 N. Hickory, Arlington Heights.

Awfully similar, huh? The homeowner believes the house is a Sears Lewiston, but he was unable to find any markings or other evidence that prove it. I believe the reason he could not find any evidence is because the house is not a Lewiston.

The big giveaway that this house is an imposter is the front dormer. The dormer on the house on Hickory is too short. The dormer on the Lewiston almost reaches the top of the roof.

The Sears Lewiston had many plan book imposters.

The house on Hickory was built in 1932 or early 1933.  Clarence Wilcox and his wife Josephine were the original homeowners and are listed in the July 1933 telephone directory at that address.

Just for comparison, here is a legit Sears Lewiston in Des Plaines.

1483 Maple, Des Plaines

Real Lewiston versus imposter. See the difference?

The real Lewiston was built by Oscar Blume for his own family. The address changed over the years. Originally it was 1465 Maple.

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