Saturday, August 21, 2021

Sears Kilbourne In Glenshaw, Pennsylvania

front color photo of Sears Kilbourne 201 Iola Street Glenshaw Pennsylvania
Sears Kilbourne, 201 Iola Street, Glenshaw, Pennsylvania

catalog house image and price Sears Kilbourne 1923 sears modern homes catalog
Sears Kilbourne in the 1923 Sears Modern Homes catalog
Here's another Sears model that we really love running across: The Sears Kilbourne. This one in Glenshaw (a lovely suburb of Pittsburgh), was originally located by Karen DeJeet. She spotted this listing recently, too, and shared it with our group. I don't think that I've ever highlighted a Kilbourne here, so I thought I'd pop the real estate photos into a little blog post, to show off  this one's spacious and attractive interior. You can see the full listing here, on Realtor.com.

catalog layout and description, Sears Kilbourne 1923 sears modern homes catalog

The Kilbourne was offered from 1920-1931 (Houses By Mail says 1921-1929, but I always double check through catalogs). Oddly, in my 1922 catalog, it does not appear -- sometimes, catalogs in some areas of the country, omitted some models, in favor of another... at least, that's what we've noticed. It doesn't appear that the floor plan changed at all over the years, but one thing that did change, was the support of the roof. The early years (1920-1924) show chunky angle brackets, with a bit of a curved scroll to them. Beginning in 1925, however, straight purlins are shown supporting the roof. This house in Glenshaw has the angle brackets, but they are a bit thinner and straighter than what they look like in the early catalogs... I think that they are the original brackets, but that the catalog drawing just exaggerated the thickness a bit.

catalog image showing brackets and early porch style, Sears Kilbourne 1923 sears modern homes catalog
Here's the very Swiss cottage looking depiction of the Kilbourne, in 1923. Note the style of the brackets. In real life, the Kilbournes that we've found of this era look to have a slightly thinner bracket than what it looks like here.

catalog image showing purlins, Sears Kilbourne 1925 sears modern homes catalog
The 1925 catalog shows a change to straight purlins.

front porch closeup color photo of Sears Kilbourne 201 Iola Street Glenshaw Pennsylvania
This house snagged a Historic Landmark plaque! We can't quite read what it says, though, unfortunately.

If you look closely at the porch, you'll notice another change: The earlier catalog image shows straight, stone porch piers (or maybe they are formed concrete block with a stone texture), and a wide lattice look to the porch rail. In 1925, though, we see slightly tapered porch piers, covered with wood siding, and a straight-up-and-down porch railing. Again, our house in Glenshaw differs in that it has brick porch piers (we very often see brick used on houses in the Pittsburgh area), and the porch railing is the simplest up-and-down railing with no other detailing... not really matching either year's catalog image, but still a porch railing design offered by Sears.

A friend of ours, who owns a beautiful, authenticated Sears Walton on Hilliard Road, in the McCandless area of Pittsburgh, stopped by the open house for this Kilbourne in Glenshaw, and was able to snap a photo for me, of the historic landmark plaque:
black and brass metal plaque on exterior of building, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks foundation historic landmarks plaque
We're thrilled to see this plaque be available! As it turns out, the Kilbourne was actually in the catalogs from 1920-1931, but Houses By Mail (our favorite Sears book!) does say 1921-29.



Here's a Kilbourne in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, that has a fully-brick porch:
front and right color image of Sears Kilbourne 20009 Gladstone Rd Warrensville Heights Ohio

front and left view of Sears Kilbourne 20009 Gladstone Rd Warrensville Heights Ohio
This photo of the side of the Warrensville Heights Kilbourne, shows the expected 3 windows on this side.

Ha! Completely covered by a shrub though, in my two pictures (I took these two photos when I was visiting the Cleveland area with some of my Sears house friends -- here's a blog post about that meet up, on Sears Houses In Ohio). Fortunately, there is a real estate listing for this house, and the shrub has been removed, so we can see the brick wall of the porch-- and all photos show the early style brackets:
full on front color photo of Sears Kilbourne 20009 Gladstone Rd Warrensville Heights Ohio
Sears Kilbourne at 20009 Gladstone Rd, Warrensville Heights, Ohio


Inside The Kilbourne On Iola Street 
Let's take a look at the floor plans, upstairs and down, and then some of the really nice interior photos of our Kilbourne on Iola Street, in Glenshaw (note that this is not the only Kilbourne in Glenshaw! There is one at 2508 Hamilton Avenue, too, but it's pretty hidden by foliage. Thanks to Sara Fortnam for spotting that one).

catalog image of Sears Kilbourne first floor layout 1925 sears modern homes catalog
Here are the floor plans as shown in the 1925 Sears Modern Homes catalog, which you can see here. The Kilbourne is on page 69.

catalog image of Sears Kilbourne upstairs floor layout 1925 sears modern homes catalog
2nd floor layout, Sears Kilbourne, 1925 catalog

color photo of living room Sears Kilbourne 201 Iola Street Glenshaw Pennsylvania

color photo of living room with fireplace and three windows, Sears Kilbourne 201 Iola Street Glenshaw Pennsylvania

color photo of dining room of Sears Kilbourne 201 Iola Street Glenshaw Pennsylvania

color photo of kitchen Sears Kilbourne 201 Iola Street Glenshaw Pennsylvania

color photo of front bedroom with 3 windows, Sears Kilbourne 201 Iola Street Glenshaw Pennsylvania

color photo of upstairs hallway, looking into bedroom, Sears Kilbourne 201 Iola Street Glenshaw Pennsylvania

color photo of upstairs dormer bedroom, Sears Kilbourne 201 Iola Street Glenshaw Pennsylvania

color photo of upstairs side bedroom, Sears Kilbourne 201 Iola Street Glenshaw Pennsylvania

color photo of upstairs bedroom with two windows and beautiful hardwood floors, Sears Kilbourne 201 Iola Street Glenshaw Pennsylvania

Other Kilbournes
Here are a few other Kilbournes we've found:

This is one of the most beautiful Kilbournes that I've ever seen (though the one in Glenshaw is equally gorgeous inside). It's at 4219 Nicholson Street, Hyattsville, Maryland. The real estate listing has a great 3-D walkthrough -- definitely worth a click to visit this listing
color photo of front of Sears Kilbourne 4219 Nicholson Street, Hyattsville, Maryland
Sears Kilbourne at 4219 Nicholson Street, Hyattsville, Maryland

color photo closeup of front porch of Sears Kilbourne 4219 Nicholson Street, Hyattsville, Maryland
Here we can see that early look of the Kilbourne, in the style of the brackets, and the porch piers.

color photo of hallway and stairs of Sears Kilbourne 4219 Nicholson Street, Hyattsville, Maryland

color photo of hallway closet stairs Sears Kilbourne 4219 Nicholson Street, Hyattsville, Maryland

color photo of upstairs hallway looking into bedrooms Sears Kilbourne 4219 Nicholson Street, Hyattsville, Maryland

color photo of kitchen of Sears Kilbourne 4219 Nicholson Street, Hyattsville, Maryland
I love what they've done with the kitchen!

This Kilbourne (authenticated by researcher Rebecca L. Hunter) in Elgin, Illinois, has had an addition put on, but it still has many lovely qualities inside:
color photo of front of Sears Kilbourne at 409 Wing Park Blvd, Elgin, Illinois with addition on side
Authenticated Sears Kilbourne at 409 Wing Park Blvd, Elgin, Illinois (owners have the blueprints!)

color photo of dining room with windows of Sears Kilbourne at 409 Wing Park Blvd, Elgin, Illinois

color photo of living room, with fireplace, Sears Kilbourne at 409 Wing Park Blvd, Elgin, Illinois


Here's a perfect example of the post-1924 version of the Kilbourne, with straight purlins and with the porch style that I described, above (note the tapered, wood-siding-covered porch piers and the style of the porch railing... exactly like the later look in the catalogs):
color front photo from Google streetview of Sears Kilbourne of later style, 504 Jackson Avenue St Charles Illinois
Sears Kilbourne all decorated for Halloween, 504 Jackson Avenue, St. Charles, Illinois. This home was also located by researcher Rebecca L. Hunter. 

So, that's the story on the Sears Kilbourne! I hope you can see why we are partial to it.

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