About a year ago I stumbled on a Sears Modern Homes Elmhurst in South Orange, New Jersey while I was looking for another house. I didn’t find that other house but this Sears Elmhurst more than made up for my disappointment!
The Sears Elmhurst was first offered in the Brick Veneer “Honor Bilt” Homes catalog published in 1929. It was one of eleven models Sears Modern Homes offered as brick veneer. The Elmhurst was last offered in 1933. I have found five Sears Elmhursts in the past few years. View the following images and maybe you have one in your neighborhood!
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The second Sears Modern Homes Elmhurst I located can be seen here in this blog. I contacted the homeowner and they phoned me. They were kind enough to send me interior photos but wish to remain anonymous. As excited as researchers get we have to respect those wishes. I am very appreciative of them sending me photos of their beautiful. If you are familiar with the Sears Modern Homes catalogs it is the front door of THIS house that was used on the front of the 1930-1932 catalogs!
My friend Rosemary Thornton who has written several books on not only Sears homes but kit homes, has a couple of wonderful blogs showing the Sears Modern Homes Elmhurst. My favorite is this blog because we get to see the inside! This Sears Elmhurst is in St Louis Missouri.
So, let’s see…..I have three Sears Elmhursts now; Flushing, NY, Indianapolis, Indiana and South Orange NJ. There’s one in Downer’s Grove and Elmhurst Il and Rocky Mount, NC and that beauty in St Louis, Mo! That’s a total of seven. I’m sure there are more out there! Do you have one in your city? If you do please leave me a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
You can follow our finds on facebook if you click here. Most of what I find will never make it to my blog but you can see a few more in my facebook albums since 2009 as well as my flickr albums.
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!
A very special thanks to Geoffrey Wyatt who is a member of our wonderful Sears Homes Group (since 2009 also) on facebook. Not only did he take a little road trip for this house and got all three sides but he took photos of other house on my New Jersey list which I will be soon featuring so keep an eye on my blog! I might just feature a house you recognize! Here’s
Two more Sears Elmursts I found in Pennsylvania and Missouri.
If you love the Sears Elmhurst then keep an eye on this flickr album where I upload them.
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