October 18, 2016

And Then There Were 11

I suspect that Hinsdale, like most Western suburbs, had a few dozen kit houses built in the 1920's and 1930's. Today, I know of 11 still standing.  Eight are from Sears and three are from other manufacturers. 

Three kit houses were demolished in 2015, including this Montgomery Ward house.

610 N. Grant, Hinsdale. Up until 2015, the lot contained a Kenwood model from Montgomery Ward. Photo from Realtor site.

610 N. Grant today. Photo from Realtor site.

One of the remaining 11 kit houses was listed for sale this month. It is a lovely, well-kept Dutch Colonial from Harris Brothers. Unfortunately, any house in Hinsdale is a teardown candidate, and the odds of survival for this one are not good.

18 S. Elm, Hinsdale. Photo from Realtor site.

Harris Brothers No. 2012. The sun room was optional.

Photo from Realtor site.

Photo from Realtor site.

Photo from Realtor site.

Check out the original door hardware. Photo from Realtor site.

The same door hardware from the Harris Brothers building materials catalog. It was the "Ardmore" design.

The architect of the Harris No. 2012 was Benedict J. Bruns.

I believe this No. 2012 was built around 1924 by the Tyndall family. John Tyndall, the son, worked as a driver for the Harris Brothers branch in Berwyn.

1 comment:

SearsHouseSeeker said...

Oh, I'm a sucker for a dutch colonial - at least from the outside :) I didn't know this Harris model, so thanks for posting.
I'm sure the new house at 610 N. Grant isn't made as well as the Kenwood was, but it's a nice looking house :)
Sears House Seeker

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