You'll find Sears Osborns throughout Chicago and its suburbs. Sears sold the model from 1916 through 1929.
|317 Hamilton, Elgin. This house was built in 1928 and it still has the original built-in radio.|
The Osborn as delivered was a one-story bungalow. Sears claimed it was designed in the Spanish Mission architectural style, but I think it has Japanese elements.
The house has a low-pitched roof with distinctive front and side porches. There is an upward sweep of the ridge boards on the roof--in the 1910's and 1920's this was sometimes called a "pug nose" gable. (One Sears home website uses a
|You don't have a problem with the term "pug nose", do you? Photo courtesy of Gigi Swanson.|
|315 S. Summit, Villa Park. This house was built about 1923 by Henry Shepherd, an agent for a glove factory. That's not a Sears garage; it was built in 1933 to match the house. Photo courtesy of Julie Larson.|
|Leaded glass from the Villa Park Osborn. Photo courtesy of Julie Larson.|
|1493 Maple, Des Plaines. This house was built in 1929. The original owner was Claran Fullmer, a teacher at Roosevelt High School in Chicago. The second story has been expanded, and the front door moved. Sorry about the pole.|
I found some great photos of the inside of a Sears Osborn in St. Marys, PA.
|How awesome is this? This Osborn was up for auction in 2014. Photo courtesy of Higgenbotham Auctioneers.|
|The bookcases with the leaded glass were standard. Photo courtesy of Higgenbotham Auctioneers.|