May 12, 2015

An Unrecognizable Sears Hillsboro

626 Western, Glen Ellyn.

Sears Hillsboro, from the 1936 catalog.

When I first saw this house in Glen Ellyn, a couple features jumped out at me:
  • A batten front door with a nine-pane window.
  • Original diamond muntin windows.
  • A fragment on the right side of  the house that appears to be left over from a cat slide roof. 
I wondered, could this be a Sears Hillsboro?

Luckily, I uncovered a photo of the house before the renovations.

Photo courtesy of the Village of Glen Ellyn.


A great match! The catalog illustration of the Hiilsboro showed a more severe, pointier front gable than the Hillsboros had in real life.

Interestingly, the garage is on the side of the house rather than the back, as indicated in the catalog floor plan. (The brick on the garage matches the original brick on the house.) 

The garage was original to the house.

The garage location in the standard floor plan would be accessible only through a rear alley.

A garage in the rear works only if there is alley access, and there are no alleys in most Chicago suburbs.  I wonder if a side garage was a standard variant of the Hillsboro plan--there must have been many customers whose lots could not accommodate a rear garage.

Milton and Gladys Miller built this Hillsboro about 1936. Milton was a buyer for a mail-order house (Sears?). They relocated to Ohio by 1942.

1 comment:

SearsHouseSeeker said...

Great eye, Lara! I wish it had been listed for sale, so we could see some great interior shots. I'd like to see how they pulled off the changes, on the inside.

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