March 4, 2014

A Probable Sears Maplewood

933 N. Patton, Arlington Heights.

Sears Maplewood.

I'm 95% certain this is a Sears Maplewood in the Arlington Park subdivision, despite the fact that the fireplace is on a different wall and the pitch of the front dormer is too high. The house does have an original Sears front door.

The fireplace appears to have been added after construction. The Maplewood came standard with a fireplace in the living room, adjacent to the front door. Perhaps the original owners wanted to save money and eliminate the fireplace (commonly done), and later owners decided to install one, centered on the living room side wall.

The front dormer may have also been enlarged at some point for storage or a larger closet.

The Maplewood was sold only for a few years: 1930-1932. I believe this house was built in late 1932. The first owners, Louis W. Fors and family, moved in the house in March 1933. In 1933, this was the only house on the street, which was then called Center Street. Louis sold commercial trucks.

The Fors family moved out by 1935. The house was rented, and then in 1939 Charles C. Rehfeldt and his wife Kathlyn purchased it. In March 1946, the street name was changed to Patton, after General Patton. The Rehfeldts lived there until 1953.


Charles C. Rehfeldt Jr. said...

933 No. Patton Avenue,A.H., Ill. was my first home. I was born in Evanston, Ill. just after the start of WWII, but lived my earliest years in this residence when it was alone on Patton Avenue with prairies as far a one could see...complete with Prairie Grass, Creeks, and Animal Trails. The Subdivision streets were all laid-out and most of them paved. MY Father and Grandfather built a garage and a large addition (family-Room) to the residence that ran the length of the back of the house (with basement room and upstairs bedrooms w/closet storage). Grandfather was a Stone Mason Contractor, and he modified the living room fireplace - moving it to the North Wall of the Living Room and building a Glass-Block Wall at one end of the bathroom to let more light into it at the base of the stairs. He also built a Freestanding Stone Bar-B-Q at the end of the back yard next to A Winesap Apple Tree with very tart apples that my friends and I would eat right off of the tree. After the War, many houses were built in the neighborhood and they lined both sides of the streets. Dutch Elm Trees had been planted on both sides of the streets, as well, and they grew so large that their root systems damaged the sidewalks of much of the residential area. Patton Avenue also was extended North West past Oakton Street, climbing the hill (North) in a smaller and up-scaled neighborhood called Sherwood Hills, where it curved West-North-West and disappeared at the crest, turning into another street as it descended the hill to the West.

Lara Solonickne said...

Hi, Charles! How nice to hear from you! Thanks for the information, particularly the information on the fireplace mystery.

So... do you know if the house was from Sears Roebuck?


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