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The Chelsea

The Sears Chelsea was not one of their most popular models, and it’s a little different from the other Sears foursquares. The dormer windows in the Sears Chelsea were boxier and bolder than other Sears Homes such as the Fullerton, the Gladstone, Woodland and more.

The catalog page says “In Demand For Years.” I’m not so sure about that…

The characteristic feature of the Chelsea is that staircase window, hanging off the side of the house. Very distinctive!

Sears Chelsea from the 1919 Sears Modern Homes catalog

Sears Chelsea from the 1919 Sears Modern Homes catalog

Sears Chelsea in Mattoon, Illinois

Sears Chelsea in Mattoon, Illinois

And from the front...

And from the front...

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  1. Candy Blaylock
    June 10th, 2012 at 12:55 | #1


    I found a “Chelsea” in Big Rapids, Michigan on Rust Avenue!


  2. Richard Dobie
    July 7th, 2016 at 19:47 | #2

    My folks had a Model 111 Chelsea in Jackson, Michigan, on West Ganson St. My folks sold it about 20 years ago, and has undergone some rough remodeling on the outside. It had to be one of the homes sold with many extras, as it had a beautiful oak paneled stairway to the second floor (I know, because my sister and I stripped and refinished it during our early teen years), Oak Trim throughout, and oak “pocket doors” between the living room and dining room, and Bay windows in the dining room and the bedroom above it.

  3. Peter Benedict
    July 13th, 2017 at 10:19 | #3

    This is really interesting. Our neighbor and I (in Maplewood NJ) have side by side sister Chelsea houses, built in 1912.

    Unfortunately this site doesn’t let me post photo but it is quite nice. Happy to send a photo of them side by side.

    Shoot me a note at benedict.pete@gmail.com.

  4. Hilary Roberts
    July 13th, 2017 at 20:34 | #4

    Have you ever found anyone to take a picture of the Chelsea in Waukesha?

    I live in Waukesha and I would be happy to if you know the address.

    I would also love to see any other Sears homes in my area if you are aware of any.

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