July 14, 2015

Sears Newark in Gurnee

801 Rogers Road, Gurnee. Photo from Realtor site.


Sears Newark.


Another angle showing the chimney side of the house. Photo from Realtor site.

The Sears Newark was an English Colonial. The Newark in Gurnee has a reversed floor plan. Additionally, the house has lost many of the original details such as the ornamentation (trophies!) above the front door, the original shutters, and the diamond muntin window on the second floor.

Sears sold the Newark from 1929 to 1933. I couldn't find the house on the 1930 census, so we can go with the year the county says the house was built--1932.

The exterior dimensions match those of the Sears Newark.

The original plans called for a telephone nook next to the stairs. The original owners wisely used the space for a closet. That's an original Sears door with La Tosca hardware. Photo from Realtor site.

Photo from Realtor site.

Photo from Realtor site.

Photo from Realtor site.


According to Sears Homes of Chicagoland reader Allison, the Newark was built in 1932 by Leslie and Mamie Cannon. Leslie was a power house repairman for ComEd. Leslie died in 1940, and Mamie eventually sold the house to her daughter, Beulah, so it would stay in the family.

Leslie and Mamie. Publicly available photo from familysearch.org.


SearsHouseSeeker said...

Nice find! The brick version, the Worchester, that is by me (purportedly), is a little too big (25' deep), and built in 1936... according to tax records.

allison said...

This is the house my great grandfather built in 1932, my grandparents then bought it from them, and my mother grew up here...and us grandchildren grew up visiting. My great grandfather and other family members built the house together after purchasing. Originally owned/bought by Leslie and Mamie Cannon (she lived here until her death at 106). We still have the original floor plans and purchase records I believe!

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