May 13, 2019

Here is Why Sears Sold Thousands of Homes

Let's be honest. Many of the original Sears homes have been either torn down or neutered beyond recognition. Porches are enclosed, vinyl siding is slapped on, windows are removed, second (and third) stories are added. Some weeks it's difficult for me to find a decent-looking Sears house to feature.

And then I come across a house like the Sears Somerset in Berwyn. It is like manna from heaven for a blogger like myself. 

6948 W. 29th Place, Berwyn. Yes, that's melting snow on the roof. In late April. 

Sears Somerset.

Almost all original exterior details on this Somerset are intact. It's adorable. This is what a Sears house is supposed to look like and this shows you why Sears sold thousands of homes to customers all over the United States.

I think the shutters were added in later years, but that's the original window.

View from the other side. Those pillars with the rectangular inset are original, as are the brackets. This house looks almost identical to what was delivered back in the day.

Sears sold the Somerset until 1925. Carl and Ragnhild Meyer got in before the cutoff and built their Somerset in the Proksa Park neighborhood of Berwyn that year. Carl was a salesman for a roofing company.

Carl Meyer. Public photo on

Young Ragnhild Meyer. She was a Norwegian immigrant. Public photo on

Later Ragnhild. Public photo on

The Meyers sold the Somerset sometime after 1938.

1 comment:

Architectural Observer said...

It is indeed refreshing to see a Sears house which has managed to come through time relatively intact... hopefully the interior has managed to keep its originality as well! Aside from the addition of decorative shutters, the only exterior change I can see is the omission of the open (as in not roofed) section of the porch.

The house was likely built without it as the stone-faced block of the foundation can be seen to continue at the front. Had the larger porch been built, it is likely that a plain block would have been used on the front where it would be hidden by the porch. It's always good to see a house which appears to be loved, also. Nice find!

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