October 14, 2014

Two Sears Houses Still Standing in Northbrook

Northbrook still has a couple Sears houses that have not fallen victim to the wrecking ball.

1607 Techny, Northbrook.

Sears Hamilton, from the 1923 Modern Homes catalog.

This Sears Hamilton is largely untouched after almost 90 years. It is lacking the living room fireplace, but homeowners had the option to leave it out.

This house was the location of Ostman Plumbing for many years. The house was built in 1926 by John Albin Ostman and his wife, Margaret. 

1124 Waukegan Road, Northbrook.

Sears Vallonia.

Closeup of the pillars on the Vallonia. These pillars were found on several of the Sears models.

This Sears Vallonia appears to have its original railings and hasn't undergone any drastic modifications over the decades.

Fred Kodym built this house. He started in the spring of 1924 and completed the house by December. Fred owned a trucking company. By 1942 Fred and his family had moved to Niles.

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