Another Los Angeles Investment Company House With Ties To A Kit Home

Since I am on the subject of the Los Angeles Investment Company I want to share another home that is the work of Ernest McConnell supervising architect and his designers/architects one being Benjamin Allen Brown. The subject house was built in 1910 but featured on the front of their 1912 catalog.

Los Angeles Investment Company 1912 features their design no 560 on the cover.  THAT house was built in fall of 1910.  Does it look familiar?

Los Angeles Investment Company 1912 features their design no 560 on the cover. THAT house was built in fall of 1910. Does it look familiar?

This image shows the Sears 264P234 with the Los Angeles Investment Company design 560.  See the similarities?  Sears obviously retouched the photo, there's no doubt.

This image shows the Sears 264P234 with the Los Angeles Investment Company design 560. See the similarities? Sears obviously retouched the photo, there’s no doubt.

Sears first offered model 264P234 in 1914. The Los Angeles Investment Company built their design 560 in fall of 1910. In fact, they built two on the same block! The first one built was used as the catalog image.

In September 1910 a building permit was filed by Los Angeles Investment Company for 1575 W 50th Street.

In September 1910 a building permit was filed by Los Angeles Investment Company for 1575 W 50th Street.

This is the house at that address, 1575 W 50th Street.  You can see the house via bing street view and several years via google street.  I took the screenshot that shows the details the best.   Remember you can click on any of my images to see them in full size.

This is the house at that address, 1575 W 50th Street. You can see the house via bing street view and several years via google street. I took the screenshot that shows the details the best. Remember you can click on any of my images to see them in full size.

Some of you probably still aren’t convinced. In 1918 Sears began replacing model numbers with names. The 264P234 was given the name ‘Hollywood’. Coincidence? I doubt it. Here again, like the Sears ‘Osborn’, they acquired yet another pattern from another company to use for their kit homes.

In the 1918 Sears Modern Homes catalog they opted to show a photo of the house from the front.  Look very closely at all of the details such as the stones in the lower right corner.  And, BTW, Sears didn't have a door of that style.  One more detail, if you look very closely at the address on the Sears image you can make out the 157 and the last digit is blurred.

In the 1918 Sears Modern Homes catalog they opted to show a photo of the house from the front. Look very closely at all of the details such as the stones in the lower right corner. And, BTW, Sears didn’t have a door of that style. One more detail, if you look very closely at the address on the Sears image you can make out the 1575.

The address is 1575 W 50th Street so google away and while you’re there stop at 1542 W 50th Street and see the other one which was built in 1911.

When Sears ‘borrowed’ the pattern they changed the floor plan. Designers/architects often did that to avoid copyright infringement.

By the early 1920's this California bungalow became a very popular bungalow style and every company offered a version or two of it.  The Sears Hollywood is one of the most common misidentified Sears models.  In  Fall 1920-Spring 1921the Hollywood had the honor of gracing the front of the Modern Homes catalog.

By the early 1920’s this California bungalow became a very popular bungalow style and every company offered a version or two of it. The Sears Hollywood is one of the most common misidentified Sears models. In Fall 1920-Spring 1921 the Hollywood had the honor of gracing the front of the Modern Homes catalog.

And as native Tulsan Paul Harvey would say, ‘and now you know the rest of the story’.

Do you have a possible Sears Hollywood to share or report? If so email me at searshomes@yahoo.com

You can follow my finds on facebook if you click here.

And, you can join our closed Sears Homes group on facebook too if you want to learn how to recognize kit homes and pattern book homes!

Tulsa Oklahoma Houses by Mail, Sears Homes, Wardway, Aladdin and more

Creative Commons License
Oklahoma Houses By Mail by Rachel Shoemaker is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Advertisements

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
This entry was posted in Kit Homes Around the Country, Plan Book Houses and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Another Los Angeles Investment Company House With Ties To A Kit Home

  1. Pingback: A Popular California Bungalow Pattern Used By Sears Modern Homes and Many Others | Oklahoma Houses By Mail

  2. Pingback: The Del Rey, Another California Bungalow from Sears Modern Homes | Oklahoma Houses By Mail

  3. Pingback: A Perfect Sears Hollywood…………..in Enid Oklahoma! | Oklahoma Houses By Mail

  4. Pingback: Gordon Van Tine 116, A True Craftsman Bungalow | Oklahoma Houses By Mail

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s