Saturday, January 9, 2016

Sears Elmhursts - A List

Catalog image of Sears Elmhurst (1930)
Image courtesy of Judith Chabot
In the past month, I've had the good fortune to locate three Sears Elmhursts. As I noted in my post about the Sears Elmhurst in Washington DC, the Elmhurst was considered a rare Sears model because so few had been found. But that's less true today than it was a couple of years ago. To date, nine fifteen Elmhursts have been located. While that is still a small number, it's still more examples than have been found of other well-known Sears models like the Honor (9) or the Ivanhoe (8). As we know from a recent post by kit house researcher Cindy Catanzaro, the Elmhurst model was built as a "model" home in the Cincinnati area. Based on contemporaneous news articles, it's likely that the Elmhurst was built as a model house in other cities as well.

Knowing that, I've assembled a list of the known Elmhurst models, their location and whether those houses have been authenticated (based on publicly available information). Authentication of Sears houses is an important step as it informs kit house researchers that the house is an actual Sears house versus an "educated guess". By viewing these examples, kit house researchers should be able to identify the various identifying characteristics in the Elmhurst and variations between the model as shown in the Sears Modern Homes catalog and how the houses were actually constructed. For example, one of the Elmhursts that Cindy photographed was constructed with an addition that is documented in the newspaper article announcing its opening for public tours. I've also included approximate build dates for these houses, when known, to assist with researching this model.

Update 1 - I've found two more Elmhursts outside of New York City.
Update 2 - I've found another Elmhurst in the Washington DC area.
Update 3 - Lara Solonicke discovered and Judith Chabot blogged about an Elmhurst in North Carolina.
Update 4 - I've found another Elmhurst in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
Update 5 - I've found another Elmhurst in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.
Update 6 - Added two more examples


AddressCityStateAuthenticatedBuild Date
1178 W SeymourCincinnati (Carthage)OHYesMay 1930 (completed)
7307 Reading RdCincinnati OHYes
5535 Dunham RdDowners GroveILYes
246 ChandlerElmhurstILYes
2450 Boulevard PlIndianapolisINYesSummer 1930
52-19 RedfieldLittle Neck (Queens)NYYes
6 Lenox TerraceSouth OrangeNJUnknown
7260 NorthmoorUniversity City (St. Louis)MOYesSummer 1930
2944 BrandywineWashingtonDCYesFall 1930 (estimated)
116 ReedPelham NYYesLate 1930 (estimated)
134 Park DrEastchesterNYYesLate 1930 (estimated)
1515 DaleSilver SpringMDYesLate 1930 (estimated)
1116 South Main StreetReidsvilleNCNo1930
43 Pinecrest ParkwayHastings-on-HudsonNYYes1930
2875 Brodhead RdAliquippaPANo1930 (estimated)
1320 Midland DrUniversity CityMONo
827 Green LnClifton HeightsPANo

If you have more information about these houses or find an Elmhurst in your town, let me know so that I can add it to the list!

4 comments:

  1. It's great to be finding more and more Elmhursts. Everybody loves them!
    I was excited when I found the mortgage for the University City house, even though it had been written about extensively already. It, too, was used as a Sears Model home for a short time, for the public to visit and see what a quality Sears home looked like.
    Judith
    Sears-House-Seeker.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! Watch for another one to join the list very soon!

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