Not surprisingly, there’s an abundance of Sears kit home in Northern Illinois.
In fact, Elgin, Illinois has the largest known collection of Sears Homes in the country! This southwestern Chicago suburb has more than 210 Sears Homes!
To learn more about the houses in Elgin, visit the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, and check out The Elgin Illinois Sears House Research Project (by Rebecca Hunter).
To learn how to identify Sears Homes, click here.
A "bungalow from the Golden West" the Osborn was another very popular house. This picture from the 1919 Sears Modern Homes catalog also shows interior views of The Osborn.
Sears Osborn in St. Charles, Illinois
The Sears Newcastle was a Colonial Revival and a popular design
Sears Newcastle in Geneva, Illinois
Sears Matoka, another popular Sears Homes
Sears Matoka in St. Charles
Sears Fullerton in Aurora, Illinois
Sears Fullerton in Elgin, Illinois
Sears Del Rey
Sears Del Rey in Wheaton, Illinois
Sears Marina, Model #2024
Sears Marina (2024) in Geneva, Illinois
The Sears Hamilton was a modest, but a big seller for Sears.
Sears Hamilton in Elgin, IL
Perhaps one of their top ten most popular designs, the Sears Crescent was offered in two floor plans, with an expandable attic option in both plans.
Significantly remodeled Crescent in Elmhurst, IL
The most notable feature on the Americus (shown here from the 1925 catalog) was the oversized front porch roof, unique front columns and the second floor front wall that juts out a little from the first.
Sears Americus in Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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