As mentioned in a prior blog, Sesame Street children are familiar with a toe-tapping ditty that helps them learn how to observe what makes things similar and dissimilar.
Those same life lessons are of inestimable value in identifying and authenticating Sears Homes.
In Hopewell, Virginia, they have eight beautiful Sears Homes in Crescent Hills. Unfortunately, in Hopewell, Virginia, they’re claiming to have a lot more than eight Sears Homes in Crescent Hills.
Hey boys and girls, can you figure out which of these is different from the others?
This example (with houses) is even easier than the example above!
Now there are folks in Hopewell claiming that all three of those houses (with the dormers, and the two windows flanking the front door and the symmetrical front gable and the three windows in the living room) are Sears Rochelles.
Sadly, they’re wrong.
Will the real Sears Rochelle please stand up?
It's been remodeled quite a bit, but this is the real Sears Rochelle (in Lombard, Illinois). You may notice that it's very different from the three Hopewell houses shown above. For one thing, it has no dormer. For another, it's got an asymmetrical front gable (around the door). The houses in Hopewell have symmetrical gables. This is a pretty substantial detail. (Photo is copyright 2012 Rebecca Hunter and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.)
The Rochelle shown above (in Lombard) is the only Rochelle I’ve ever seen. This Rochelle was photographed by Dr. Rebecca Hunter (Elgin, IL). You can visit her website here.
So, what is it they have in Hopewell?
I’ve no clue, but I do know, it is NOT a Sears Rochelle!
Sears Rochelle as seen in the 1930 catalog.
You may notice, the house above (catalog image) bears no resemblance to the Hopewell houses.
To read more about the many differences between these Hopewell homes and the real deal, click here.
To learn more about Dr. Hunter, click here.
To learn more about Hopewell, click here or here.
Interested in Aladdin kit homes? Hopewell has several. Click here to read about them.