Today, I'm going to present a small group of Columbines. A clutch... of Columbines.
Not this Columbine:
Which, according to Martha Stewart Weddings, looks nice in a bohemian clutch, with pansies and brodiaea....
|The Sears Columbine, as shown in the 1929 Sears Modern Homes catalog.|
Bedrooms on the upper floor were an available option, for about $220 more, in 1925.
So, let's take a look:
We've found them in stucco:
|40 W. Wissahickon Avenue, Flourtown, Pennsylvania (Springfield Township).|
This house is authenticated. Frank and Emily Sanson took out a $4,800 mortgage with Sears, in 1924, to build this house.
|same house, at 40 W. Wissahickon Avenue -- The wrought iron eagle may have been added in the 1960s, when Early American design elements were very popular in the east. My family had one over the fireplace.|
|Another authenticated Columbine in Flourtown, Pennsylvania: 6332 Arlingham Road (located by Andrew Mutch)|
|This one is in Delaware, Ohio, at 248 West Lincoln Avenue, and is also authenticated. The earliest catalog examples included the dentil trim along the curved roof of the porch. Both Andrew Mutch and Cindy Catanzaro brought this beauty to my attention.|
|This one is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at 205 Irene Street, found for us by Karen DeJeet.|
|Karen located this Columbine, as well: 921 Fawcett Avenue, McKeesport, Pennsylvania|
|Another example with the triptych window upstairs, in the front gable: 849 Edkin, West Chester, Pennsylvania|
|Sears Columbine at 205 Parkside Avenue, Reading, Pennsylvania|
|Another view of that same house, and, again, this house was located by Andrew Mutch.|
Here is the floor plan, which didn't change over the 11 years that the Columbine was offered:
|This is from the 1925 catalog. This option cost $236 in 1929.|
The Other Porch Option
The Columbine is one of the few Sears houses that offered a different style porch as a standard option, not a specialized customization. If you ordered the B model of the Columbine, you got this look to your front porch:
|This is from my 1929 catalog (actually, it's Cindy Catanazaro's catalog, scanned for me by Lauren, of Daily Bungalow ).|
|7719 Carroll, Takoma Park, MD • 1925|
This house was located through mortgage research by Andrew Mutch, and is an authenticated Sears house.
As Cindy always says: Thanks for following along!
And, if you're interested in seeing a collection of Sears Clyde examples, check out her latest blog post, here, at Sears Homes in Ohio.