June 11, 2018

A Restored Sears Elsmore in Joliet

According to the National Database of Sears Homes, Joliet has 62 Sears houses--an impressive total! One of the nicest Sears houses in Joliet is an authenticated Elsmore model on Midland Avenue.

318 S. Midland Ave., Joliet. Photo from Realtor site.


Sears Elsmore.


The window layout differs slightly from the floor plan. Photo from Realtor site.


The Elsmore had evenly spaced front windows as delivered. The Elsmore in Joliet has a double window to the right of the front door.


Let's go in! Photo from Realtor site.


The front door leads directly into the living room. Wood ceilings are not original. Photo from Realtor site.


The Elsmore originally had bookcases flanking the fireplace. Photo from Realtor site.


Photo from Realtor site.


Photo from Realtor site.


Photo from Realtor site.


Photo from Realtor site.


A breakfast room was added off the kitchen. Photo from Realtor site.


The front bedroom is now an office. Photo from Realtor site.


The back bedroom. Photo from Realtor site.


The attic has been converted into a master suite. Photo from Realtor site.


Master bath. Photo from Realtor site.




The county says that the Elsmore was built in 1924, but the current owner was told it was built in 1926. Sears sold the house in both years.

The owner found shipping labels from Sears on the woodwork in the house.

For photos before and after the renovations, please check out Lou Lou's Attic.








2 comments:

SearsHouseSeeker said...

What a beauty! The renovation is so tastefully done. I just love the Elsmore!
Judith
Sears House Seeker blog

Architectural Observer said...

The "before" photos you link to were helpful - they gave me a deeper appreciation for what the owners had to contend with before their renovation. The Elsmore looks good in brick, but I think I like the shingled version shown in the Sears catalog better because the window casings there are more substantial.

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