The Sears Berwyn was an extremely popular house for Sears, and probably one of their top 20 best selling homes.
Sadly, due to their popularity, I’ve also seen them in a variety of mutated forms. See pictures below.
One of the defining features of the Berwyn is that enclosed arch on the front porch. Also look at the roofline along the back wall. That’s also an important feature for identifying the Sears Berwyn. In the mid-1930s, the Berwyn got a name change and became known in the Sears Modern Homes catalogs as The Mayfield.
Last week, whilst driving around Hampton, Virginia with Pat Spriggs, I found this Berwyn with a broken arch support. Few things in life are more painful!
Is there a Mayfield in your neighborhood? If so, send me a photo!
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I LIKE the Berwyn. Quaint, indeed.
We own a Berwyne/Mayfield in Ohio.
We own one in Sterling. It looks exactly like the yellow one with the squared off arch. Our is white with red shutters.
We have this model home in Saranac Lake, NY!
The original owner removed the two smaller living room windows and opted for a large picture window to accommodate his wife’s African violets collection. (House faces due south.)
My parents bought our Mayfield home in 1962. It is in Yonkers, NY. I love my childhood home and will never sell it.