March 8, 2016

The Beauty of Verona (the House, That Is)

River Forest has only a handful of kit houses. One of them is the Sears Verona, a picturesque Dutch Colonial Revival.

1100 Keystone, River Forest. This Verona has vinyl siding and replacement windows but manages to retain its original charm. 

Sears Verona from the 1928 Modern Homes catalog.

The Verona's floor plan is traditional, with a formal reception hall, large rooms, and bay windows.  Sears said in its catalog that the Verona was "built many times in exclusive suburbs of New York, Chicago, Washington, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and other large cities. This proves it is no experiment."

The house in River Forest was built in early 1928 for John Cummins, who lived with his sister, Ella. John owned the house until his death in October 1942.


SearsHouseSeeker said...

These big colonials, of every style, are just wonderful. Thanks for finding us another excellent example.

Peter said...

Hi. I've owned a Verona in Homewood for about a decade now. Was build by a famous geologist at U of Chicago. Fun looking at other Verona's and seeing the slight variations. Mine was build reverse to the standard plan. I've got some pictures here as I've recently started Airbnb'ing it out

Sarah M said...

Hi Lara,

I took photos of the George Ricaby Verona in Hamburg, NY that's featured in the interior shots you posted. Let me know if you are interested in seeing them. Ricaby also built a Lexington and Alhambra nearby, though the Alhambra and Verona were model home and the Lexington was not. A commuters' summer suburb delvelopment of Buffalo, NY -- Mount-Vernon-on-the-Lake.

Sears Homes of Chicagoland said...

Yes please, Sarah!

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