I can’t even begin to explain my excitement when I discovered a Sears Hollywood in Oklahoma. Within a couple of days I made the two hour drive one way just to see and get photos of this awesome house! Why so excited? At this point there are only a few known and documented Sears Hollywoods. Sears homes in Oklahoma are few and far between and to find such a perfect and rare model is unbelievable.
This beautiful bungalow is in Enid, Oklahoma. Enid’s history runs deep, back to the days of the Land Run. Enid is the county seat of Garfield County and also in an area known as the Cherokee Outlet. I hope you enjoy this beautiful and rare Sears bungalow.
You may have noticed that the larger catalog image and the actual house don’t really match. Good eye! Let me explain. The Sears “Hollywood” was first offered in 1914 as model 264P234. It was a copy of a bungalow pattern from the west coast by possibly an architect named Jud Yoho. Jud Yoho has this same bungalow as early as 1910 and I have found examples of it in Los Angeles in a neighborhood developed in 1911 using his patterns. It is definitely not a Sears original! In 1918 Sears began giving their homes names instead of numbers and it became the “Hollywood” … perhaps because of its ties to Los Angeles? The house had a slight external makeover and a new dormer but the floorplan remained the same. Sears gave that alternate model a number, 2069. The Sears Hollywood in Enid is the alternate version of the Hollywood, number 2069.
As you can see in my photos it was cold that day, brutal cold. As I was taking pictures the homeowner came outside to see what I was so excited about. When I told him I had driven from Tulsa just to see THIS house he invited me to see the inside! My heart skipped a beat. Not only did I get to see the outside but the inside as well. It is absolutely gorgeous. The woodwork is original and not white. To see the interior go to the album I created for this house on facebook. Continue scrolling to see more exterior photos!
I came equipped with zoom lens so that I could get the back of the house from the alley or the side street. However, since the homeowners were very gracious in showing me their home I didn’t have to shoot from the alley! The catalog doesn’t show the floor plan for the second floor and only mentions a sleeping balcony. I just had to get that sleeping balcony! I really appreciate my tour because I now know what the second floor layout is, that is not seen in ANY of the catalogs! The Hollywood was discontinued in 1923. I hope you enjoy the following photos that I would never had been able to get without the owners permission. Contrary to popular belief, I only shoot from the public right of way. I do NOT enter on to the property without the owners’ permission…EVER.
Isn’t that the most beautiful and perfect Sears Hollywood ever? Look at the next few images to see where the Sears Hollywood originated, where Sears “borrowed” the pattern. This was common. In the early years kit home companies often used patterns from other architects.
I’m one of those people who analyze everything. Everything!
These two houses *might* be Jud Yoho. I know they aren’t from Sears!
UPDATE!!! To see the origin of the Sears Hollywood click here! I found THE original “Hollywood”!
Would you like to see another Sears alternate Hollywood aka 2069 that I found a while back in Corry Pa? I was actually looking for another house and stumbled on this house while google driving.
That house in Corry, Pa is now Todd’s Musical Petting Zoo when I discovered that I was really excited! I was an elementary music teacher as well as band director for 10 years. If you click on all the various photos on his website they will enlarge. (BTW, that 1910 date is not correct) You might recognize some of the interior. You can compare them with the Enid house if you click here or here Those will take you to my facebook albums with more photos. My facebook page is loaded with a lot of informative albums of images too.
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