|1116 S. Main Street, Reidsville, North Carolina • Sears Elmhurst • 1930|
We have found another Sears Elmhurst! And, when I say, "we", I actually mean Lara Solonickne, who writes the blog Sears Homes of Chicagoland. Lara has been researching Sears homes for a number of years, and, in addition to blogging about them, she offers a few classes and bus or walking tours on Sears homes, especially in the Chicago area. Lucky for me, she likes to keep her blog to Chicago-area kit homes, because this means that I get to blog about yet another wonderful find of hers (don't forget about that great find of hers of a Sears Milton, Sears No. 178, and Sears Saratoga, in New Bern, North Carolina, that I wrote about here.)
|The Sears Elmhurst, from the special brick collection 1929 catalog.|
Thanks to AntiqueHome.org for making this catalog available.
The Elmhurst was thought to be a rather rare Sears home, because, until the past year, we only had a few on our National Database of Sears Houses. However, researchers Cindy Catanzaro and Andrew Mutch have, in the past year, found a number of Elmhursts around the country (most authenticated with mortgages or newspaper ads), bringing our total to 12. But, today's find in Reidsville, North Carolina, brings the total to 13! And, as Andrew points out, there is at least one more out there: "...we have an example in one of the catalogs that does not match any of the known ones."
Without further ado, let me show you the beautiful interior shots provided on this very recent (one day old!) real estate listing (you can see the Zillow listing here, but the home is being listed by Century 21's Knowles Team, whom you can contact here). Click any image to enlarge.:
|This great Sears craftsman-style staircase is a beautiful departure from |
what we normally see on the Elmhurst.
Most other examples we have seen, used the black wrought-iron balustrade.
|Sears offered this newel in their 1929 Building Materials catalog.|
However... the cut-out section on the Reidsville home's newel
looks to be skinnier than the Sears newel. Hmm. This is odd.
(Available here, on Archive.org)
|This is the wrought-iron style balustrade |
that we often see on the Elmhurst.
(source: Zillow listing for 7260 Northmoor, St. Louis)
|Not sure that this is an original mantel, |
as it doesn't seem to be available in the Sears catalogs.
Here's a photo of the bathroom from an authenticated Elmhurst in the town of Elmhurst, Illinois. You can see that the size of the room, and the placement of the fixtures and window, mimic those of this Reidsville home:
|You can read about this Elmhurst in the town of Elmhurst, on Lara's blog.|
|This is my personal photo of a Sears Elmhurst in the St. Louis area, in University City. Note the three pointy dormers. This home is located at 7260 Northmoor, and was built for Miss Margaret Manning. I found the mortgage for it this summer (though I am not the first to mention it in a blog post.) You can see many photos of its lovely interior, here, in this Zillow listing.|
• Kit House Hunters: Sears Elmhursts -- A List
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Let's finish off with a few minutes watching the video of the listing of this wonderful home:
Thanks for the kind words, Judith! I have a feeling there are many more Elmhursts out there...ReplyDelete
The Elmhurst was a lovely design, and this one is wonderful. Maybe I need to move to North Carolina. But then.... I would leaving behind all those Sears Houses in Ohio.....ReplyDelete
Thank you for posting this. My husband and went under contract on this exact home earlier this week. I never knew Sears, for that matter, anyone sold kit homes that long ago. What information should I look for to see if it's the real deal?ReplyDelete
Congratulations! We love the Elmhurst, and you've bought a beautiful example. Send me an email, and I'll give you more information about what kinds of things to look for: SearsHouseSeeker (gmail).Delete
The Northmoor home was mine. I restored her to her current beauty.ReplyDelete