|10 S. William, Mount Prospect.|
|Sears Homestead, from the 1940 Modern Homes catalog.|
We usually think of split-level homes as a mid-century phenomena. In 1975, for instance, 21% of new houses built in the Midwest were of split-level design.
|The most famous split-level house of all time.|
The Homestead model was an innovative design for Sears. First featured in the the 1933 Modern Homes catalog, the Homestead is one of the earliest examples of a split-level house. The Homestead has a below-ground garage and utility room. The bedrooms are a half story above the first floor.
The Homestead in Mount Prospect was built in the fall of 1932. On October 4 of that year, Henry Bomer Heintz applied for a building permit with the village.
Henry was a carpenter, and he and his wife, Alma, were in the house until 1940. By May 1942, O.C. and Emma Schuerger had moved in.
|Another Homestead at 820 Park Plaine, Park Ridge.|
This Park Ridge Homestead was probably built in 1940. (I could not find it listed in the April 1940 census.)