March 3, 2020

An Modernized Sears Strathmore in Hinsdale

The Strathmore was an English cottage that Sears Roebuck sold in the 1930's. One just came up for sale in Hinsdale so let's take a look!

819 S. Lincoln Ave., Hinsdale. That's an original Sears front door. Photo from Realtor site.





Photo from Realtor site.


Scan from Antique Home.


The architect of the Strathmore is David S. Betcone.


The Strathmore was a one-story house so the staircase is not original. The medieval castle motif continues through the hallways in the house. Photo from Realtor site.


Those are the three diamond muntin windows from the front of the house. The window seat is on the original plans. Photo from Realtor site.

Photo from Realtor site.


This addition replaces the original dining room and a bedroom. Photo from Realtor site.


Photo from Realtor site.


This little dining room is new. Photo from Realtor site.


Photo from Realtor site.


Photo from Realtor site.


Photo from Realtor site.


Photo from Realtor site.


There was a half bath and a closet where the stairs are now. Photo from Realtor site.


The odd shape of the stairwell is because they did not want the front of the house to be modified. Photo from Realtor site.


Photo from Realtor site.


This Strathmore in Hinsdale is authenticated. Former owners found the blueprints, and receipts and letters from Sears Roebuck in the attic.




2 comments:

Architectural Observer said...

It's fortunate (and rare) that the owners were intent on preserving the original front. I think that the half bath still exists - between the front door and the new staircase. The original diamond-paned leaded windows fit the house very well, and I appreciate that their placement was intentionally slightly off-center above the window seat.

Sears Homes of Chicagoland said...

LOL you're right about the half bath. I didn't see the camouflaged door!

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