Last week the subject of oriental peaks came up in the Sears Homes Group. Rosemary asked for photos of the Sears Osborn since it is a good example of a house with oriental peaks. I posted a couple of Osborns that I have found here in Oklahoma and one I found on flickr several years ago came to mind. So, I shared the flickr Osborn.
Then it hit me, this can NOT possibly be a Sears Osborn! That’s not Sears “construction”. I read the comments, including mine from four years ago.
I looked at another flickr image of this same house and read the comments and this photographer shared the history of this house. If you click on these flickr images you can read the comments too! This is a beautiful photograph isn’t it? The master gardener me loves the landscaping.
How about those oriental peaks? Those are quite popular out there. Rosemary shared this sketch with the group for discussion.
This house was built in 1911. Not only is this house not of Sears “construction” it predates the 264P244, aka Osborn, by FOUR years! The Sears 264P144 was first offered in late summer early fall of 1915.
I could tell the Sears “Osborn” on flickr, which is in Wallingford. Seattle, Wa, had been greatly modified but still, the exterior, that is not Sears! No way. Then the 1911 build date. I set out to see if that was correct and, it is.
Gosh, if I could only get inside! So next came the tough part…figuring out the address. I did, of course…finding addresses is what I do 🙂
Once I figured out the address I discovered the house was recently on the market. SCORE! I can see inside now. Check it out here. I knew immediately that it was not from Sears. Even through all of the upgrades I knew. See that door, look close. For example, that’s not Sears Millwork. However, that door might be a clue as to where the house came from! This house was built from a plan or pattern. But who? I collect catalogs. I recognize the door as a recommendation in Henry Wilson’s bungalow pattern books.
You don’t identify a house from a front door, inside joke here, but the millwork can give us clues. I checked Henry Wilson and no luck for a match. My thoughts were possibly Jud Yoho. Off I went….ask me about Jud Yoho now. LOL That’s another blog or a facebook album.
Then I had a break in the case! I checked the assessor website and look what I found!
Maybe this image will help. Remember those Highlight Magazines for Children? Think of this as one of those activities where you find the likenesses.
Who gets the credit for designing this bungalow? Henry Wilson? Jud Yoho, who BTW lived in this neighborhood and is responsible for several of the houses including the one directly behind this house which happens to be the same model he and his wife Elsie lived in in 1911. Maybe Edward Merritt of Merritt Hall and Merritt Architects? Edward Merritt would later partner with Jud Yoho. Victor Vorhees? Another Seattle architect? OR….. Maybe Edward T Osborn who was a Seattle architect 1910-1930? I think that Osborn is a good suspect as this point! Sears? JK I think I have ruled that one out now.
What are your thoughts?
How about some real Sears Osborns for comparison? Rosemary’s blog shows a real Sears Osborn and an interesting story too!
Then there is this Sears custom home that was obviously influenced by the Osborn.
One more and I’ll stop. Promise.
You won’t believe what that Dearborn Sears Osborn looks like now!
Wasn’t that fun? 🙂
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