When I visited Hopewell in 2003 (to give a talk), I was shown a well-publicized brochure touting 44 Sears Homes in Crescent Hills.
As mentioned in several other blogs (here, here and here), I feel strongly that they’re wrong about 36 of those houses.
In my personal (and professional) opinion The Crescent Hills neighborhood in Hopewell has eight Sears Homes.
One of the houses on that “list of 44” was this house (shown below).
The brochure claimed this was a Sears House: The Newbury. Uh, no, it's not.
According to the brochure, the house shown above was The Newbury (from Sears) with some "differences. Take a look at the list of differences. Those are a LOT of differences!!
Here's a picture of the Sears Newbury from the 1936 catalog.
And here's a picture of a real Newbury (Elmhurst, IL) shown next to the catalog image. You'll notice that the house in Elmhurst actually looks like the catalog picture!
And here's a picture of the catalog page compared to the house in Hopewell. You may notice that the house in Hopewell looks nothing like the catalog picture.
Ah, but thanks to Rachel Shoemaker, we now know where this house in Hopewell came from! It's from "Standard Homes Plans" (1923, 1928 and 1929). You may notice that THIS looks a lot like the house in Hopewell!
Close up of the house. Beautiful house!
And, it looks a lot like the catalog picture!
So that’s one more house properly identified in Hopewell’s Crescent Hills neighborhood, thanks to Rachel Shoemaker.
I wonder if the homeowners of this house know that their house came from a Plan Book?
To learn more about plan book houses, click here.
To read more about Hopewell’s houses, click here.
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