November 13, 2017

Gracious Living in a Sears Lewiston

641 Highview Terrace, Lake Forest.


Sears Lewiston from 1932.



Sears sold the Sears Lewiston for 11 years--from 1929 to 1940.  

Authors Robert Schweitzer and Michael W. R. Davis characterize the Sears Lewiston as a "Composite Tudor" style, which became popular in America in the 1930's.  Composite Tudor is a combination of an English Tudor and a Colonial Revival. The Lewiston has Tudor features such as a chimney of brick and stone and an arched door. It also has Colonial features such as white wood shingles, decorative shutters, and a half-moon gable window.


Hard to see, but that's an original door from Sears Roebuck.


Closeup of the original diamond-paned windows and the original clover shutters.


The shutters that Sears sold in 1930. There's the clover.


In its Modern Homes catalogs, Sears said that the Lewiston was designed for "gracious living." It was an attractive five-room bungalow. There was an option to put two additional bedrooms, a bathroom, and more closets upstairs for an extra cost, and the Lewiston in Lake Forest has those extras.
 



 The Lewiston in Lake Forest is an authenticated Sears house built in 1929. The original owners, Albert and Paz King, took out a mortgage from Sears in May of that year for $8700.

Young Albert and Paz on their wedding day in 1911. Photo from Dignitymemorial.com.



Albert in 1919.


Paz in 1919.


Albert was a chemical engineer and Paz was a physician. They had five children, so now we know why they needed the extra bedrooms on the second floor.
 

Paz with her two eldest children in 1922--Joan and Albert Jr.  Joan died of cancer at age 40, and Albert Jr. was decapitated by the Japanese during World War II at age 29. Paz, on the other hand, lived until age 97.



The Kings didn't stay in the Lewiston very long. By 1934 they sold the house and moved out of Lake Forest.





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