May 28, 2019

A Sears Puritan "Dollhouse" in Elgin

The Sears Puritan is a charming little Dutch Colonial with a 24' x 24' footprint.  I think it looks like a dollhouse.
The Sears Puritan from the 1922 Modern Homes catalog. You could optionally add a sunroom off one side. The benches by the front door were included in the standard price. 



Someone else thought the Puritan would make a great dollhouse as well. Frank Moroz made this reproduction in 1/2" scale for the Nutshell News magazine.


Benches and sunroom included! Scan from http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com.



Nice landscaping! Scan from http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com.



Here's a great example of a Puritan still standing in Elgin.

671 Oak, Elgin. Photo from Realtor site.



An older photo of the house with its original shutters. Photo from Elgin Bungalows.

  

The Puritan features a gambrel roof with a full-width dormer. There is a curved entry pediment with decorative brackets. 

Photo from Realtor site.


Photo from Realtor site.


Photo from Realtor site.


Photo from Realtor site.


There is an addition off the back of the house. Photo from Realtor site.

 

Photo from Realtor site.

 

Photo from Realtor site.

 

A dollhouse in the dollhouse! Photo from Realtor site.

 

Photo from Realtor site.


Photo from Realtor site.




Arwin and Lydia Rahn purchased the house in March 1927 for $6,200. Arwin worked as a lineman for the telephone company.  The Rahns sold the house around 1943.





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