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The Sears Maywood: Bespeaks Simplicity and Worth

It must have been hard to write magniloquent, enchanting copy to accompany (and pitch) each of the 370 models that Sears offered in their Modern Homes catalog. And yet, some of these descriptions are pretty darn good - such as this one.

The Maywood two-story home bespeaks simplicity and worth. Designed after the finest in modern architecture, it makes an ideal home. Viewed from any angle its lovely proportion and balance is outstanding. Every line is expressive of quality, durability and good taste.

Now that’s good writing!

The Maywood was first offered in the late 1920s, and was a popular house for Sears. It had a good floorplan, and (unlike most Sears Homes) the rooms were all fairly spacious (by 1920s standards).

The Maywood was patterned after a popular housing style, so not every house that looks like a Maywood is a Maywood. Take a look at the pictures below to learn how to differentiate the real deal from the look-alikes.

The Maywood, as seen in the 1928 catalog.

The Maywood, as seen in the 1928 catalog.

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Unlike many Sears Homes, the Maywood had a good floor plan with spacious rooms.

Unlike many Sears Homes, the Maywood had a good floor plan with spacious rooms.

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Upstairs, it had three fairly spacious bedrooms.

Upstairs, it had three good-size bedrooms.

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Maywood in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania. Photo is copyright 2012 Dale Patrick Wolicki and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.

Maywood in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania. Photo is copyright 2012 Dale Patrick Wolicki and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.

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Maywood in Dayton, Ohio.

Maywood in Dayton, Ohio. Porch on left has been enclosed.

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Not surprisingly, Decatur, IL has several Sears Homes, including this Maywood.

Not surprisingly, Decatur, IL has several Sears Homes, including this Maywood.

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Ohio seems to be the mecca for Sears Homes. This one is in Dayton.

Ohio seems to be the mecca for Sears Homes. This one is in Dayton.

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This house is in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. At first glance, I thought it was the Mawywood, and now I dont think so. The Maywood is 32 wide. This house might be a little bigger than that. And yet, Im still not 100% sure if this is a Maywood or not.

This house is in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. At first glance, I thought it was the Maywood, and now I don't think so. The Maywood is 32' wide. This house might be a little bigger than that. Plus, this house has more space around the second-floor windows. It just looks like a BIGGER house that our Sears Maywood.

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The Maywood

A very nice match!

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  1. May 29th, 2012 at 12:59 | #1

    Rosemary, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your posts every day! I love learning about all these Sears homes and seeing recent photos of them. You do such a great job pulling them all together. I am totally hooked on these things now - thanks to you!

    Best,

    Sarah @ house-crazy.com

  2. Dale Wolicki
    May 29th, 2012 at 21:10 | #2

    So I got one right? That’s the first Maywood I ever found on my own!

  3. May 29th, 2012 at 22:19 | #3

    @Dale Wolicki
    Dale, you’re a funny guy!! I can identify 14 Aladdin kit homes, but you can identify all 370 Sears Homes!!! :)

    Speaking of which, can you re-send me a photo of that Sears #174? It’s the one with the four bay windows hanging off the four corners of the house. It’s kind of a foursquare-looking thing…

    You found it, took a photo, sent it to me, and now I can’t seem to find it. This was about 2008 that you sent it…

    I have searched my computer for DAYS and don’t know what happened to it!

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