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And Who Says Sears Homes are Small and Boxy?

On a recent trip to North Carolina, I found a Sears Elmhurst. And on a recent trip to my attic, I found a picture of a Sears Elmhurst somewhere in a Chicago suburb (first picture below). This was not an especially massive house, but it is an elegant home, and full of classic English Tudor features.

The Sears Elmhusrt - somehwere in the suburbs of Northern Illinois

The Sears Elmhusrt - somehwere in the suburbs of Northern Illinois

The Sears Elmhurst - a fine house!

The Sears Elmhurst - a fine house!

floorplan

The floorplan shows this is not a large house, but it sure is beautiful, and also has a first-floor half-bath.

Sears Elmhurst in Rocky Mount. This really is a beautiful match, and the only difference is, the house in Rocky Mount has had an addition put onto the side.

Sears Elmhurst in Rocky Mount. This really is a beautiful match, and the only difference is, the house in Rocky Mount has had an addition put onto the both sides.

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  1. Helen Wilubr
    July 31st, 2012 at 01:26 | #1

    The top Elmhurst is in Downers Grove, Illinois on Dunham Road. I grew up in that house and lived there from 1965 till 1979. It was a wonderful home.

  2. June 25th, 2013 at 22:03 | #2

    I wish I could post a picture of my home. I have a Sears “Elmhurst” in Clayton, MO. Shipping tags and all to prove it. Sold to Margaret Manning in 1931. Even have the salesman’s cards. Send me an email for pics.

  3. June 25th, 2013 at 22:10 | #3

    @Helen Wilubr
    The above is NOT an Elmhurst. Note the side window near the entrance, the misplaced stack pipe to the right of the stairwell window, the first floor main window is only two wide, not three, and the roof pitches are not equal.

    The stairwell window to the right of the front door is not lower than the mid section of the front door, indicating it is probably a restroom, not a stairwell. Porch lamps on either side of the entry, rather than the ceiling of the entry.

  4. June 26th, 2013 at 06:18 | #4

    @Mike
    Hi Mike,

    The Elmhurst is Downer’s Grove might well be the real deal. About 30% of Sears Homes were customized when built, and as I recall, Rebecca Hunter (Elgin, IL), authenticated that Elmhurst in Downer’s Grove by finding part numbers on the framing members.

    Are you talking about the Elmhurst in Downer’s Grove (top photo) or the one in Rocky Mount (bottom photo)?

    Otherwise, I’d have to say, I *really* like the way you think! :) Very few people have the eye for detail that you have!

    Excellent observations, all of them!!!

    Rose

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