|Catalog image of Sears Delmar (1924)|
Image courtesy of Judith Chabot
I have in my head that the Delmar is a rare Sears house and it is, as it was only offered for one year. Its rarity is one challenge in finding the Delmar. Its relatively plain design is another. It easily blends in with all of the other two story homes of the era that blur the line between bungalow and farmhouse style. But once you have a Delmar in front of you, it's fairly easy to identify - at least that's what I thought.
|Catalog image of Sears Wayne (1928)|
While "Houses by Mail" lists them separately without a reference to the "twin", it's pretty clear that the Wayne is an almost identical match to the Delmar. Between the Sears marketing and design teams, it appears that the Delmar got an overhaul between the 1924 and 1925 catalogs to emerge as the Wayne.
Where the Delmar had a stairway off the back of the living room to the second floor, that staircase was shifted to the front of the living room in the Wayne. If you were able to get inside one of these houses, this would be the quickest way to differentiate the two. This change in the staircase location created a much simplified design around the side entrance and allowed for a staircase to the second story that didn't include any turns, a helpful detail when moving furniture. It also allowed for a larger kitchen, a selling point even back in the 1920s. Upstairs, the bedrooms were rearranged, eliminating large walk-in closets in favor of smaller closets. Sears apparently didn't anticipate the future demand for large closets!
|Sears Wayne - 6909 Plainfield, Cleveland, Ohio (2014)|
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