January 28, 2014

Sears Galewood

5924 S. Karlov, Chicago. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

Sears Galewood, from the 1930 Modern Homes catalog.

This is an authenticated Sears Galewood in the West Lawn neighborhood of Chicago. Sears Roebuck held the mortgage.

Sears offered two clones of this house: the Berwyn and the Mayfield. Only the Galewood was offered with the brick facade. Additionally, the Galewood had a slightly larger living room than the other two models.

The architect of the Galewood was David S. Betcone.

This two-bedroom brick bungalow was built between 1930 and 1933. The Galewood was almost 25 feet wide, and this house just fit on the 30-foot-wide lot.

The original owners were Walter Thomas Lane and his wife, Elizabeth. Walter was a construction worker and possibly put up the house himself. They had moved on by 1942.

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