April 30, 2013

Sears Oakdale... R.I.P.

528 S. Prospect, Park Ridge.

The Sears Oakdale, from the 1918 Modern Homes catalog.

The Sears Oakdale (also known as Modern Home No. 149) is a Colonial style two-family house that was offered from 1909-1918.

The Cook County Assessor says the Oakdale in Park Ridge was built in 1913.

Sears offered several models of multi-family housing, but I'm not sure how many were sold. This one in Park Ridge is the only one I have seen.

Uh-oh, what's that in the front window?

This Oakdale is doomed.

The property owners have told neighbors that inside the house is beyond repair and it must be demolished. Funny, the outside looks fine.

Something weird was going on with the property, however. In 2007 it sold for $704,000 and in 2011 it sold for $290,000. Was it completely stripped inside?

So the massacre of 100-year-old houses in Park Ridge continues. R.I.P. 

The coming attraction.

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