|313 Park Ave, Wilmette.|
|The Sears Martha Washington.|
The Sears Modern Homes catalog called the Martha Washington model "a vision of hospitality and brightness". It is a comfortable three-bedroom Colonial with loads of windows.
|There are many Dutch Colonials that are similar to the Martha Washington. You need to check the side of the house to make a positive identification.|
|The bumpouts on the side were for a window seat in the living room and a place for the buffet in the dining room. Notice that the staircase is on the side of the house. Many of the houses that look like the Martha Washington have a center staircase.|
|Sears must have sold hundreds of Martha Washingtons because it was unusual for them to show an illustrated cross-section of a house's interior. Here you can see the bumpouts. The model had an interior fireplace.|
Axel F. Blomgren and his wife, Anna built this Martha Washington in Wilmette between 1922 and 1924. Axel was a cabinet maker for a department store (Sears?). They moved to Chicago in 1931 and sold the house to the Van Winkle family.