On a recent trip to North Carolina, I found a Sears Elmhurst. And on a recent trip to my attic, I found a picture of a Sears Elmhurst somewhere in a Chicago suburb (first picture below). This was not an especially massive house, but it is an elegant home, and full of classic English Tudor features.
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The top Elmhurst is in Downers Grove, Illinois on Dunham Road. I grew up in that house and lived there from 1965 till 1979. It was a wonderful home.
I wish I could post a picture of my home. I have a Sears “Elmhurst” in Clayton, MO. Shipping tags and all to prove it. Sold to Margaret Manning in 1931. Even have the salesman’s cards. Send me an email for pics.
The above is NOT an Elmhurst. Note the side window near the entrance, the misplaced stack pipe to the right of the stairwell window, the first floor main window is only two wide, not three, and the roof pitches are not equal.
The stairwell window to the right of the front door is not lower than the mid section of the front door, indicating it is probably a restroom, not a stairwell. Porch lamps on either side of the entry, rather than the ceiling of the entry.
The Elmhurst is Downer’s Grove might well be the real deal. About 30% of Sears Homes were customized when built, and as I recall, Rebecca Hunter (Elgin, IL), authenticated that Elmhurst in Downer’s Grove by finding part numbers on the framing members.
Are you talking about the Elmhurst in Downer’s Grove (top photo) or the one in Rocky Mount (bottom photo)?
Otherwise, I’d have to say, I *really* like the way you think! 🙂 Very few people have the eye for detail that you have!
Excellent observations, all of them!!!
Hi Mike- I’m a Sears House admirer and would love to drive by and see your home if you wouldn’t mind sharing the address. I live in Des Peres and have found several Sears homes in Kirkwood.