The Elmhurst, One of Sears FIRST Brick Veneer Homes

There is a facebook group for Sears homes enthusiasts, if you can imagine that! I’ve been an active member of that group since it was started about four and a half years ago. There are a handful of die-hard researchers. One of the recent exciting discoveries was a rare Sears house.  That rare house is the Sears Elmhurst.  What makes this house unique and an awesome find is the fact that it was only offered for a few years, 1929-1932, so that means there are not many out there.  It makes the hunt more fun I think.  I can count on one hand how many have been discovered so far.  There is one in Illinois and one in North Carolina.  Then recently Rosemary Thornton was able to see the inside of an Elmhurst built in 1932 in Saint Louis Mo.

In 1929 Sears Modern Homes introduced a new line of homes.

1929 Introduction of Brick Veneer Homes

1929 Introduction of Brick Veneer Homes

Those homes were brick face home of current models they offered. This is the special catalog that was published in 1929.

Sears 1929 Brick Veneer Homes

Sears 1929 Brick Veneer “Honor Bilt”  Homes

 

I have a Sears catalog that features testimonials of special houses ordered from Sears. It was published in 1930. I have been working my way through it and finding the homes featured inside and I have found most of them.

1930 Testimonials

1930 Testimonials

In that testimonial catalog is  a testimonial for a Sears Elmhurst! Remember this catalog of testimonials was published in 1930 and the house was first offered in 1929. If you consider mail order time, shipping time and then building time I think you can be pretty sure this house was ordered from the special catalog that introduced the brick veneer homes in 1929.

1930 Zvanovec Testimony

1930 Zvanovec Testimony

In 1929 and early enough to be completed by 1930 an Elmhurst was constructed in  Douglaston, Long Island, NY. I set out to find that house, of course!

This one wasn’t easy either!

1930 Sears Elmhurst in Long Island NY

1930 Sears Elmhurst in Long Island NY

The Zvanovec testimony house for comparison.

Zvanovec photo of their Elmhurst

Zvanovec photo of their Elmhurst

How awesome is that? I squealed with delight!

1930 Sears Elmhurst in Long Island NY

1930 Sears Elmhurst in Long Island NY

Yes, there are three windows under that ivy just like the plans show!  I am a Tulsa County Master Gardener and boy I would love to re-landscape that house! Ivy can get away from you if you don’t stay on top of it.

1929 Sears Elmhurst catalog image

1929 Sears Elmhurst catalog image

That’s quite a house! Let’s look at the floor plan.

1929 Sears Elmhurst FloorPlan

1929 Sears Elmhurst FloorPlan

Another angle of  the Long Island Sears Elmhurst that Mr and Mrs CE Zvanovec  built.

1930 Elmhurst in Long Island NY

1930 Elmhurst in Long Island NY

Sears 1929 and 1930 Modern Homes Image

Sears 1929 and 1930 Modern Homes Image

This catalog image lists the specifications. I would show you the inside if I could.

Sears 1929 and 1930 Modern Homes Image

Sears 1929 and 1930 Modern Homes Image

Remember that entryway from the testimonial catalog? Surprise….that is the entryway  to the Elmhurst.  To see THAT EXACT door click here.  I found that Elmhurst too!

1930 Elmhurst front door

1930 Elmhurst front door

What a beautiful house the Elmhurst was and only four known and verified at this time! Do you know of a Sear Elmhurst? Remember it was only offered between 1929 and 1932 so the likely build dates will be 1930 and 1933. If you do send me a message and I’ll check it out.

If you love the Sears Elmhurst then keep an eye on this flickr album where I upload them.

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About Rachel Shoemaker

I've been hooked on finding and or identifying mail order homes since 2008. I'm not picky, kit homes from Sears Modern Homes, Aladdin Ready Cut, Gordon Van Tine, Wardway Homes, all of the major companies as well as the popular pattern and plan book homes built from about 1900 and on. Could you be living in one of these homes? Send me an email: searshomes@yahoo.com
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6 Responses to The Elmhurst, One of Sears FIRST Brick Veneer Homes

  1. Rose says:

    How that’s quite a find! Beautiful house and I’d love to find someone who can get us a proper photo!!!

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