The Westmont model from Montgomery Ward "ranks high in public favor", according to the 1931 Wardway Homes catalog.
"People used to believe that a home of modest cost must be square as a box and just as uninteresting. But clever modern architects are telling an entirely different story and PROVING IT! For instance, here is the Westmont--picturesque, charming, quaint as an English cottage, modern as a New York apartment, and the price--well it is almost unbelievably low."
(I love the enthusiasm of the Wards copywriter,but he/she really needed an editor.)
Terry Spenks attended a presentation on Sears homes I gave recently, and sent me these photos she took of two neighboring Westmonts in Peoria.
|418 W. Lawndale, Peoria. Photo courtesy of Terry Spenks.|
|The Westmont model from Montgomery Ward.|
|502 W. Lawndale, Peoria. This Westmont is a reversed floor plan. Photo courtesy of Terry Spenks.|
I found some Realtor photos of the house at 502 W. Lawndale.
|The original door of the house at 502 W. Lawndale. According to the catalog, this is an "interesting plank door with [a] small diamond-paned window and iron strap hinges". Photo courtesy of Realtor site.|
|There were many arched openings in the Westmont. Here is the small window by the stairs. Photo courtesy of Realtor site.|
|Floor plan of the Westmont.|
|The broom closet off the kitchen. Photo courtesy of Realtor site.|
|This house has stuccoed interior walls. The floor plan exactly matches the Westmont. Photo courtesy of Realtor site.|