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Hazelton: House of Threes

The Hazelton is an easy house to spot, because of the unique window arrangement. It was one of the first Sears kit home designs that I memorized, because it is “The House of Threes.”

Take a good look at the windows. The Hazelton has three windows in that shed dormer. There are three windows on the wide of the house (in front of the bay window). And there are three windows flanking the front door (right and left). And there are six windows in that dining room bay (divisible by three).

And “Hazelton” is a three-syllable word!  :)

Another very distinctive feature is the tiny side windows in that dining room bay. Lots of early 20th Century bungalows have a small bump-out in the dining room, but very few have that small side window.

And take a good look at where that shed dormer is positioned on the roof. It’s a bit shy of the ridge board at the tippy top.

Many folks send me photos of houses that resemble the Hazelton, but they’re not paying close attention to the details, such as the placement of that shed dormer and the positioning of the windows. Every Hazelton is a bungalow, but every bungalow is not a Hazelton!

To read Part II on The Hazelton (with many interior shots of a Sears Hazelton in Oklahoma) click here.

Sears Hazleton

Sears Hazleton

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Hazelton

Hazelton

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Hazleton

Hazletons abound in Illinois!

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Hazleton

Prior to 1918, Sears homes had numbers, not names. By the way, the Hazelton shown in the first picture is apparently in Bay Shore, NY. Wonder if it's still there?

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hazleton

Floor plan shows two bedrooms downstairs. What's the difference between a "chamber" and a bedroom? I wish I knew. Some say that a chamber is just a first-floor bedroom.

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hazleton

This Hazelton in Edwardsville, Illinois has been remodeled a bit.

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This photo was taken in 2003 when I visited Chilicothe, IL.

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Illinois does love its Hazeltons. This house is in Tamms.

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Tulsa

A fine-looking Hazelton in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Photo is copyright 2012 Rachel Shoemaker and my not be used or reproduced without written permission. So there.

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hazleton

Another seriously remodeled Hazleton. This one is in Litchfield, IL.

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Tomorrow, Ill post several interior photos of a Sears Hazelton in beautiful condition!! Same time, same channel!  :)

Tomorrow, I'll post several interior photos of a Sears Hazelton in beautiful condition!! Same time, same channel! :) (photo is copyright 2012 Rachel Shoemaker)

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  1. November 17th, 2012 at 12:17 | #1

    Hi, I tried looking for that Hazelton in Bay Shore, L.I. with no success.

    C.L. Dewitta purchased the land in Brightwaters Farms in 1911. His widow owned the house until at least 1941. Brightwaters Farms not that big of an area, so maybe one of the locals can find it.

  2. Rachel
    November 18th, 2012 at 00:26 | #2

    @lara
    I looked a few months ago too, no luck. I deleted my file/tree on ancestry on him and all I can remember is hitting a dead end :(

  3. Rachel
    November 21st, 2012 at 01:41 | #3

    Well, they DO have a website and facebook page. Maybe try contacting them to see if they know anything. I didn’t see anything on either that resembled the house. Their logo resembles a Sears barn LOL.

  4. Rachel
    November 21st, 2012 at 01:56 | #4

    Well, they DO have a website and facebook page. Maybe try contacting them to see if they know anything. I didn’t see anything on either that resembled the house. Their logo resembles a Sears barn. Worth a try.

  5. Kevin Riley
    July 16th, 2016 at 16:10 | #5

    I also have a Sears Hazelton, but I thought it was a Gorden Van Tine at first.
    My Hazelton has been modified quite a bit, but I had the advantage of having a photo of the house shortly after it was built in 1914.
    I live in Titusville, Florida.

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