July 15, 2014

The Montgomery Ward Westmont "Ranks High in Public Favor"



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.






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