The Sears Winthrop first appeared in the Sears Modern Homes catalog in 1928 and continued to appear through the 1931 edition. While only offered for a handful of years, we've been able to locate several Withrops in Oakland County in addition to this example in Commerce Township.
A distinctive spotting element for the Winthrop is the front porch. It helps distinguish it from many of the Cape Cod-style houses of the era. Another feature to look for is the chimney centered on the house. While the catalog image shows the chimney located on the ridge of the roof, as with this house in Commerce, we've seen other authenticated houses that have the chimney located just in front of the ridge line.
This Winthrop was purchased with a mortgage from Sears Roebuck for $4,250 in July 1928. It's located in the plat for the Oakwood Grove Subdivision Number One which was platted in 1919. When first platted, the street was labeled as Pershing. It's now called Portlock.
Considering the number of kit houses we've found in nearby communities like West Bloomfield and Sylvan Lake, I wouldn't be surprised if there's more kit houses in Commerce Township. If you know of any, share that with us in the comments!
|1850 Portlock - Commerce Township, Michigan - Sears Winthrop|
|Catalog Image of Sears Winthrop|
Image courtesy of Catarina Bannier