In February 2010, I spent a month in Illinois, driving to and fro throughout the state, looking for Sears Homes. The search in Champaign was much easier, because my dear friend Rebecca Hunter supplied me with a LIST of the Sears Homes she’d found in Champaign. (It’s a lot easier to find hidden treasure when someone gives you a detailed map!)
Several of these homes in Champaign were so beautiful and such perfect examples that they ended up in my newest book, The Sears Homes of Illinois.
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The Sears Dover, as it appeared in the 1936 catalog
Close-up of the Dover
A perfect example of the Sears Dover in Champaign!
Sears Crescent from the 1922 catalog
Another perfect Sears House in Champaign - the Crescent!
Sears Attleboro as seen in the 1936 catalog
Sears Attleboro, dressed in snow!
The Sears Gladstone - 1916
Close-up of the Sears Gladstone
This Gladstone in Champaign is almost in perfect condition. Note the original columns, and that itty bitty window in the big dormer window. BTW, in Champaign, it's either in the middle of snowing, getting ready to snow, or just finished snowing. This photo is "B."
One of my favorites is the Sears Strathmore!
And here's a real beauty in Champaign!
Sears Vallonia from the 1925 catalog. This was one of Sears most popular designs.
This Sears Vallonia is in mostly original condition.
The Sears Walton was also a popular house, but John Boy never slept here.
The Sears Walton in Champaign has had some changes (vinyl siding, replacement windows and a closed-in porch), but it's still a Walton.
And the creme de la creme, my #1 favorite, is this Sears Osborn in Sidney, Illinois. This house sits on a Centennial Farm (100 years in the same family), and was built in 1926 by Henry Mohr and his wife, Ethel. It's one of the finest Sears Homes I've ever had the pleasure to see. It's just a beauty in every way.
These houses were shipped in wooden crates, marked with the owner's name and destination (train station). The shipping crates were often salvaged and the wood was reused to build coal bins or basement shelving. Here's one such remnant found in the basement of the Osborn.
Close-up of the unique columns on the Mohr's Osborn.
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