Allen H. Gardner was an well-known attorney in the Washington DC area with the firm of Morris, Pearce, Gardner and Pratt. He was also active in the effort to establish home rule government for Montgomery County, Maryland. Perhaps the story of Gardner's Sears Elmhurst being assembled from a kit inspired his law firm partner, George Morris. In the mid-1930s, Morris had a historic 1750s house in Massachusetts disassembled, shipped by six freight cars and reassembled in Washington DC, making it the oldest house in the city.
|1515 Dale - Silver Spring, Maryland - Sears Elmhurst|
Photo courtesy of Catarina Bannier
You can also see from the photo that the house appears to have been expanded beyond the original floor plan. Although we don't know the original layout of the house, the rear portion of the house was probably a later addition although you can see that an effort was made to match the Tudorbethan stylings of the original design. Overall, it's a fine example to add to the growing list of Sears Elmhurst houses.