Ultra English Modern Type, The 1931 Wardway Whitmore

 

The  Wardway Whitmore was one of 22 new models out of 62 models offered in the 1931 Wardway  catalog.  The 1931 Beautiful Wardway Homes catalog is a rare catalog. It was the last homes catalog published by Montgomery Ward prior to closing by spring 1932.  Those newer 22 models are going to be rare as well, but, they’re out there!  I know of a few.  Maybe you know of one too!

If you click on the images you can zoom in, click twice for full resolution.

 This "ultra modern English type" home was one of 22 new models offered by Montgomery Ward in 1931.

This “ultra modern English type” home was one of 22 new models offered by Montgomery Ward in 1930/31.

 

I have a stash of newspaper articles that I put aside when perusing old newspapers the past few years. Recently I went through some of them and in that stash, which I like to call "the vault", I found this Wardway Whitmore in the April 26, 1931 Detroit Press.

I have a stash of newspaper articles that I put aside when perusing old newspapers over the past few years. Recently I went through some of them and in that stash, which I like to call “the vault”, I found this Wardway Whitmore in the April 26, 1931 Detroit Press.

 

The Wardway Whitmore as it appears today in St Claire Shores, Michigan. Photo credit goes to Dale Wolicki and Ken Wheeler and may not be used without their written permission.

The Wardway Whitmore as it appears today in St Claire Shores, Michigan.
Photo credit goes to Dale Wolicki and Ken Wheeler.  Photo may not be used without their written permission.

 

The Wardway Whitmore feature peaked gothic gables, broken patches of roof and picturesque half timbered stucco.

The Wardway Whitmore features peaked gothic gables, broken patches of roof and picturesque half timbered stucco.

 

The Whitmore has it's own unique door not used on any other Wardway Homes model.

The Whitmore has its own unique door not used on any other Wardway Homes model.  Photo credit, Dale Wolicki and Ken Wheeler.

 

Look at the floor plans! See how comfort and convenience are retained.

Look at the floor plans!
See how comfort and convenience are retained.

 

In 1927 Wardway offered financing for their homes. Finding Wardway homes via mortgage records was discovered by architect Dale Wolicki of Bay City Michigan 20+ years ago. In fact, in 2001 while researching mortgage records in Mcomb County Michigan Dale discovered this Whitmore in St Clair Shores! This Whitmore mortgage was signed by Thomas P Riordan, trustee, an employee of Wardway Homes. The mortgage was dated Feb 24, 1931 for $9,200.

In 1927 Wardway offered financing for their homes. Finding Wardway homes via mortgage records was discovered by architect Dale Wolicki of Bay City Michigan 20+ years ago. In fact, in 2001 while researching mortgage records in Macomb County Michigan Dale discovered this Whitmore in St Clair Shores! HOWEVER, he didn’t know it was a Whitmore.  At the time he didn’t have the catalog to identify this home so he assumed it was a custom design!  He was pleasantly surprised at my discovery when I shared it with him.  This Wardway Whitmore mortgage was signed by Thomas P Riordan, trustee, an employee of Wardway Homes. The mortgage was dated Feb 24, 1931 for $9,200.

 

 

 

Thanks to Dale finding the mortgage in 2001 we know who the original homeowner was. The first owner per the Wardway mortgage was Leslie and Muriel McEvoy. Leslie was an insurance salesman and they previously lived in Detroit.

Thanks to Dale finding the mortgage in 2001 we know who the original homeowner was.
The first owner per the Wardway mortgage was Leslie and Muriel McEvoy. Leslie was an insurance salesman and they previously lived in Detroit. Photo credit goes to Dale Wolicki and Ken Wheeler. Photo may not be used without their written permission

 

You may have noticed that the Whitmore has a lavatory downstairs. That's just behind the catslide and where the small window is that we see. And how about that brick pattern? Very unique! Photo credit goes to Dale Wolicki and Ken Wheeler and may not be used without their written permission.

You may have noticed that the Whitmore has a lavatory downstairs. That’s just behind the catslide and where the small window is that we see. And how about that brick pattern? Very unique!
Photo credit goes to Dale Wolicki and Ken Wheeler and may not be used without their written permission.

 

The next several images will be catalog images of what was included with the Wardway Whitmore kit  in 1931.

As the catalog states masonry wasn't furnished. This looks to be full brick and dale tells me that the buyer was likely given a list of local contractors to bid the job. I'd be curious to see if any other homes in the area were built with this unique brick. Maybe more Wardway homes? Photo credit goes to Dale Wolicki and Ken Wheeler and may not be used without their written permission.

Here’s a great close up shot of that unique brick!    As the catalog states masonry wasn’t furnished. This looks to be full brick and Dale tells me that the buyer was likely given a list of local contractors to bid the job. I’d be curious to see if any other homes in the area were built with this unique brick. Maybe more Wardway homes?
Photo credit goes to Dale Wolicki and Ken Wheeler and may not be used without their written permission.

 

Included with the Whitmore kit was this beautiful solid bronze hardware.

Included with the Whitmore kit was this beautiful solid bronze hardware.

 

“Wardway home interiors bring you modern ideals of beauty and convenience”.

A convenient built in phone cabinet as well as a built in linen cabinet was also included.

A convenient built in phone cabinet as well as a built in linen cabinet was also included.

 

Small details that mean modern comfort included artistic venetian mirrored medicine cabinets and a handy milk package receiver. And, from what I can see I believe the St Clair Shores Whitmore still has the receiver!

Small details that mean modern comfort included artistic venetian mirrored medicine cabinets and a handy milk package receiver. And, from what I can see I believe the St Clair Shores Whitmore still has the receiver!

 

The Whitmore came with the latest in kitchen features too! I have circled those included with this kit.

The Whitmore came with the latest in kitchen features too! I have circled those included with this kit.

 

Wardway homes featured woodwork produced by master craftsmen, beautiful in design and superior in workmanship. Remember to click on this image to enlarge so you can read the smaller print.

Wardway homes featured woodwork produced by master craftsmen, beautiful in design and superior in workmanship.
Remember to click on this image to enlarge so you can read the smaller print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wardway Whitmore as it appears today in St Claire Shores, Michigan. Photo credit goes to Dale Wolicki and Ken Wheeler and may not be used without their written permission.

I mentioned that Dale Wolicki found this Wardway home in 2001 with a mortgage and assumed it was a custom design.  Back then you had to go to the county courthouse and go through all of the mortgages and when you found a trustee name associated with the company you then took that information to the tax office to find a legal description and plat maps THEN you hopped in your real car and physically drove to the location to see what model was built!  And, if you had access to catalogs you could identify the model.  In 2001 Dale didn’t have a 1931 catalog and assumed this might be a custom design.  Imagine doing that for the entire state of Michigan anywhere you traveled!  You learn a lot!  Thanks to Dale Wolicki for sharing all of that knowledge in his book co-authored with Rosemary Thornton entitled A History and Field Guide To Wardway Homes.  Get YOUR copy today, it features all models offered by Montgomery Wards.  
A very special thanks to Dale Wolicki and Ken Wheeler for not only going after real photos for me to share but also meeting with the homeowner!

 

Wardway Whitmore Front, 1931,  3106 Cherverly Ave. Cheverly Md. Combo

This is a Wardway Whitmore I found in Cheverly, MD. According to the assessor records this Wardway Whitmore was built in 1931.

 

Do you have a Wardway Whitmore to report? If so please contact me at searshomes@yahoo.com.

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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
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