May 11, 2021

The Sears Elsmore: the Best House on the Street

730 S. Washington, Park Ridge. Photo from Realtor site.


The Sears Elsmore, as pictured on the front of the 1914 Modern Homes catalog. "Each time it is built its proud owner acclaims -- 'It's the best house on my street!' "
 


An older photo of the Elsmore in Park Ridge. There are triple windows in the living room, which is a variance from the standard floor plan. The house is also missing the two windows adjacent to the front door. This photo clearly shows the original porch railings. 


This house has some telltale signs that Sears house hunters should be looking for.

First, it has the distinctive pillars that are typically found with Sears homes.



Second, it has stick-design eaves brackets. This bracket style is commonly found on Sears houses.



Photo from Realtor site.


Photo from Realtor site.



Photo from Realtor site.


Photo from Realtor site.



Photo from Realtor site.




Photo from Realtor site.





1 comment:

Architectural Observer said...

This is the first example of this house I've seen outside of a catalog and it appears to retain lots of nice original features. A more vibrant exterior color scheme (such as the one shown in the original catalog illustration) could make this house even more appealing that it is already; restoration of the front gable's bracing in the peak would help, too. I don't doubt that it remains the best house on many streets!

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