September 25, 2018

Soak Up Some Starlight

The Sears Starlight was a wildly popular, cozy bungalow. In its Modern Homes catalogs, Sears Roebuck described the Starlight as "a little home of which...any family can justly be proud." These days, unfortunately, it's difficult to find a Starlight that hasn't had:
  • its front porch enclosed.
  • a massive addition stuck on the rear or top of the house.
  • been demolished entirely.

There is a Sears Starlight in Westmont currently used as a rental that is largely original. Let's take a look at this rarity.

36 S. Lincoln, Westmont.

Sears Starlight. Sears sold hundreds of these models nationwide. 

Photo from Realtor site.

Photo from Realtor site.

Photo from Realtor site.

Photo from Realtor site.

Photo from Realtor site.

Photo from Realtor site.

This Starlight in Westmont, built about 1922, maintains its original charm.

There is also a Sears Starlight in Lombard that is completely unrecognizable. 

527 E. Washington, Lombard. This Starlight is changed beyond recognition, although at least the owners tried to make the house look like it was built in 1927. Screen capture from Google Streetview.

Sears Starlight. 

The same house looked like this in 1989. Look a little more familiar?

Yup, it is an authenticated Sears Starlight. The owners found a shipping label, the original Sears blueprints, and marked lumber in the house. Scan courtesy of the Lombard Historical Society.

The original owner of this Starlight in Lombard was Joseph A. Anderson, and the house was built around 1927.


SearsHouseSeeker said...

Wow, that is an amazing find for that now-two-story Starlight!
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Sears Homes of Chicagoland said...

Judith, Lombard had that as a Starlight on their list of Sears houses. I emailed Jean Cooper of the Lombard Historical Society and said they must have the wrong address recorded. She sent me that old real estate listing photo. So there you go!

waxtheknob said...

The second one now resembles a Sears Garfield, like the Morton Grove example that you highlighted back in June.

Anonymous said...

We have one next door to us in Beckley WV. Still pretty much original too! It originally belonged to my husband’s grandparents.

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