It is well known that Chelsea, Oklahoma is home to a Sears Saratoga. It appears in every Route 66 suggested stop you can find! But, what people don’t know about in Chelsea is this beautiful bungalow from Montgomery Ward. (click on images to enlarge)
Montgomery Ward was a mail order catalog company like Sears Roebuck. They both sold everything you could ever need and in 1909 Montgomery Ward began selling homes.
I don’t know of any other Wardway #166 aka Suburban anywhere. This is the Wardway Homes catalog image from 1916. In 1917 Wardway Homes replaced the numbers with names and the 166 became the Suburban.
The last time I was in Chelsea this house was being cleaned up and getting a make-over and it was hidden behind trees and brush so I didn’t get photos. On my visit last month I was able to see the house on the inside as well. What a treasure! The wood work is all original and not painted. It is just beautiful! The floor plan hasn’t been altered and is an exact match to the catalog scan. A bathroom was added in the closet off of the sewing room on the second floor. Understandably 😉 And, many years ago the back porch was enclosed and added on to and extended to the second floor so there is a nice screened room off the rear of the house.
If you pass through Chelsea on Route 66 and stop to see the Sears house stop and see this rare house too.
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