“We have worked out an attractive exterior along the lines commonly known as ‘Americanized English.'”
So reads the text that accompanies the description of the pretty little Neo-Tudor, known as a “Wilmore.”
And better yet, “The kitchen is sure to make friends among housewives…”
That’s a dark day in womanhood when a woman’s best friend is a kitchen.
Thanks to Dale Wolicki and Rebecca Hunter for sharing their photos of Wilmores found in the Midwest!
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One of the optional extras for The Wilmore was a permanent staircase to the expandable attic (1938).
Not a very big house, but a smart floor plan!
It is a real cutie-pie of a house. Note the bellcast roof on the right rear.
Here's a pretty little Wilmore that Dale found in West Peoria, IL. Someone painted over the nine-lite window on the front door. Ugh! And then someone put up sea-shell shutters! (I wonder if Suzie sold them the sea-shell shutters?) Photo is copyright 2014 Dale Wolicki and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.
Rebecca Hunter found this Wilmore in Mendota, IL. I love the vintage lawnchairs. Photo is copyright 2010 Rebecca Hunter and may not be used or reproduced without written permisison.
Here's a Wilmore I found in the Staunton (Virginia) area, just across from the North River School. If someone can give me a better address than that, I'd be very grateful.
And this is perhaps the most interesting Wilmore. It's a customized Wilmore in Kirkwood, Missouri, and I visited the house in 2003, and authenticated it as The Real Deal. The floorplan is *flipped* (as compared to the catalog image) and turned 90 degrees on the lot. The front gable was extended to create a more spacious dining room. The front door was moved to the side of the gable, and a small window is on the smaller gable in place of a door. This angle really highlights that bellcast roof on the gable (left side of picture).
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