January 6, 2020

Distinctive Sears Kilbournes in the Suburbs

Sears Roebuck sold the Kilbourne gabled bungalow from 1920 to 1930. It was named after Kilbourne Avenue in Chicago. 

"The Kilbourne bungalow satisfies every family that has built it," Sears proclaimed in the Modern Homes catalog.

For such a popular model, there are only eight in the Chicago area. Let's take a look at some of them.

Park Ridge

430 N. Merrill, Park Ridge. Photo courtesy of Tom Stanton.

Sears Kilbourne.

Photo courtesy of Tom Stanton.

There are two Kilbournes in Park Ridge. The county says this one on Merrill was built in 1926.


510 S. Berkley, Elmhurst.

William E. Bruesch purchased the house in May 1926 for $6,500. He got his financing from Sears.


525 W. St. Charles Road, Lombard. Photo courtesy of Kathy Baum.


409 Wing Park Blvd., Elgin. Photo from Realtor site.

Despite the huge addition, this house is recognizable as a Kilbourne. It is authenticated--the owners have the blueprints and the original loan papers from Sears. 

St. Charles

504 JACKSON Ave, ST. CHARLES, IL 60174
504 Jackson Ave., St. Charles. Photo from Realtor site.

The Kilbourne in St. Charles was built in 1931.

Highland, IN

3138 Ridge Road, Highland, IN. Photo from Realtor site.


Recycled Rubber Roofing said...

There is one in Gilbert's Illinois right on 72 next to a Verona. I put the roof on the one in Elgin back in the mid-90s

Sears Homes of Chicagoland said...

I didn't have any Sears houses listed in Gilberts and now have two very nice ones! Thanks for the lead!

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