November 23, 2020

An Enduring Sears Argyle in Evanston

2407 Payne, Evanston. Photo from Realtor site.


Sears Argyle.


Although it was the best selling model for Sears Roebuck, the Argyle was a small house, about 1,000 square feet, and because of this, many of them have been demolished. There is an Argyle in Evanston that is is remarkably unchanged. Only the front porch has been enclosed and a deck added off the rear.

The same house in the previous color scheme. They painted the Adirondack chairs while they were at it. The house had brown shingles since at least the 1960's.


The front sun room. Photo from Realtor site.


Photo from Realtor site.


Photo from Realtor site.


The Argyle had a bumpout for the dining room window seat that had four narrow windows. Photo from Realtor site.


The only change to the interior floor plan was that the wall between the kitchen and dining room was removed to make one large kitchen with an eat-in area. Photo from Realtor site.


The French doors to the new back deck. Photo from Realtor site.


Photo from Realtor site.


The Argyle has two bedrooms. Photo from Realtor site.


Photo from Realtor site.


Photo from Realtor site.


This Argyle was built about 1921 by Elizabeth A. and John M. Jenkins.  John worked as a clerk in a chemical laboratory. 

Elizabeth died in 1929, so John moved in with his daughter and her husband in their house in Lake Bluff. John sold the Argyle to the Zeimet family who owned it for the next couple decades.




1 comment:

Architectural Observer said...

The Argyle has long been one of my favorite Sears offerings, and probably for many of the same reasons which first made it popular. I prefer the original brown for the shingled exterior, but color is not permanent and the original Craftsman character still shines through despite numerous "updates". House of this size will no doubt become even more popular in the future!

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