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This is a Sears House.

This really is a Sears House.

Can you guess which model it is?

I would never have guessed. Ever.

However, I was given a good clue.

So what do you think?

It’s in Shorewood, Wisconsin, and this photo was taken by Elisabeth Witt, who’s been running around getting photos for me. And they’re well-framed, first-class, high-resolution photos, which makes a big difference - usually.

But with this particular house, even an old pro would be stumped.

Thanks to Elisabeth Witt for the contemporary photos shown below.

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Model

Yes, it really is a Sears House. Which model would you guess?

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Does this help?

Does this help?

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Maybe seeing it from this angle will help.

Maybe seeing it from this angle will help.

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Do you give up? You should.

Do you give up? You should. It's a Sears Hamilton.

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When Google mapped this neighborhood

When Google mapped this neighborhood in September 2014, the house above looked like this.

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Which looks a lot like this (1928 catalog).

Which looks a lot like this (1928 catalog).

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Heres a Hamilton that Dale Wolicki found in Kankakee, Illinois.

Here's a Hamilton that Dale Wolicki found in Kankakee, Illinois. Photo is copyright 2009 Dale Wolicki and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.

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This photo (undated) is from the city assessors website.

This photo (undated) is from the Shorewood assessor's website.

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And if you zoom in on the details, youll see that this darling little house had its original windows, siding and even wooden storm windows.

And if you zoom in on the details, you'll see that this darling little house had its original windows, rafter tails, and even wooden storm windows. It was a fine-looking Hamilton.

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And then it got McMansioned.

And then it got McMansioned.

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And then it got McMansioned.

That trailer probably contains the dismembered bits of our little Hamilton.

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At first I thought Elisabeth had photographed the wrong house. After all, I wasnt 100% sure about the address.

At first I thought Elisabeth had photographed the wrong house. After all, I wasn't 100% sure about the address. But in this photo, you can see that our Hamilton sits next door to a blue craftsman-style bungalow.

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And then I noticed this.

And then I noticed this. It's definitely the house formerly known as "Hamilton."

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Rest in peace, little Hamilton.

Rest in peace, little Hamilton.

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Believe it or not, it could have been worse.

Believe it or not my little Wisconsin Hammie, it could have been worse. At least you were spared the T-111 siding (Elgin IL). Perhaps this blog should be titled, "When Bad Things Happen to Good Bungalows."

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  1. April 28th, 2015 at 12:04 | #1

    I’m sorry, but that is FUGLY! It now looks like a big box. :(

  2. margo roberts
    April 28th, 2015 at 16:32 | #2

    Sacrilege!

  3. Dale Wolicki
    April 28th, 2015 at 20:02 | #3

    Damn Architects!

  4. Mark
    April 28th, 2015 at 23:05 | #4

    I just love how they were able to incorporate the old porch support and sidewalk into the new design.

    That is some truly talented design experts at work there.

  5. ShariD
    April 29th, 2015 at 14:19 | #5

    It’s not a Hamilton any more. Now it’s officially a McTravesty.

    You can bet too that the interior doesn’t look any more like its original arrangement than the exterior resembles its original elevation, or lack of same.

  6. Eli
  7. Chris Hughes
    July 14th, 2015 at 08:49 | #7

    I went to a family reunion and found my grandparents home that my grandfather built.

    They said it was a Sears home and sure enough I found the floor plan on your site…The Crescent! The windows have been changed to bays, which I think is charming, but the owners have taken beautiful care of it. Thank you for posting all this information!

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