Catalog Homes that Built a Village - Clawson, Michigan
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Sears Willard or Dover, 96 Phillips
Sears Willard was a popular Tudor revival bungalow, and this house at 96 Phillips, is probably a Sears Willard. Many other companies offered similar, if not identical, designs. The dormer roof was available as a gable, hip or shed roof design. It is similar to the Dover, which lacked the dormer, and sometimes had clipped gables. A possible Dover, or similar model by another company, can be seen at 197 Bowers, with significant modifications.
Sears Puritan, 805 Phillips and 1126 Selfridge
The Puritan was a popular Dutch colonial revival style that provided spacious rooms and plenty of light, and one of the optional floor plans offered a sunroom. It was available from 1922 through 1929. Ward’s offered an identical home with six-over-one windows instead of eight-over-one. Shown above is the Puritan at 805 Phillips; another is at 1126 Selfridge. Both Clawson homes have been confirmed with a Sears Mortgage. Average cost was $1947 to $2, 475.
Sears Hathaway, 846 Phillips
The Hathaway from Sears is an English cottage style home offered in two different floor plans, with either shingles or stucco exterior. The house had three bedrooms on the second floor, and two porches on the first floor. It was popular from 1921 through the end of the decade. Average cost was $1200 to $1,980.
Sears VanPage, 841 Phillips
The VanPage was another home in the popular colonial revival style. The home featured 3 bedrooms and a bath on the second floor, a large entry hall with staircase, and a dining alcove off the kitchen. It was offered in the 1926 catalog for $2,650.
Sears Barrington, 1355 Selfridge
This home is a good example of a model copied by several companies. This is a Sears Barrington, confirmed by the existence of a mortgage from Sears, but it is very similar to the Newcastle from Aladdin and Wardway’s Maywood. It was built in the English style that was popular in the late 20s through the 1930s. The Barrington had three bedrooms, and a dining alcove, and sold for $2,606 in 1926. This home is a mirror image of the catalog plan.
Sears Windsor, 60 Elmwood
The Sears Windsor was a two-bedroom bungalow with an inset balcony on the second floor. Clapboard and shingles adorned the cozy exterior, and the house could be purchased for as little as $30 per month. The house on Elmwood still retains the balcony, but the front porch appears to have been made part of the interior.
Sears Jewel or Wilmore, 413 Allen
This distinctive home on Allen Street is likely the Sears Jewel, later renamed Wilmore. Aladdin and Wards also offered homes in a similar style, making identification difficult; updated windows and siding have removed many tell-tale details, but the floorplan is a perfect match. The Wilmore was first offered in 1933 for $1,191.
Sears Crescent, 321 Gladwin
The Crescent is an attractive, trellised cottage that was offered in two floor plans. Both styles featured the large front windows and distinctive front porch, with either four or six pillars depending on the model. There are two Crescents in Clawson, proving the popularity of this bungalow style. The house on Gladwin is close to original condition; there is a second Crescent at 949 Hendrickson that is not easily recognizable any longer.
Sears Solace, 151 Charlevoix
Sears Solace, shown here in the 1926 Modern Homes catalog, featured a practical and airy floor plan for such a small home. It is a great example of how modern features, such as large windows and a streamlined design, were incorporated into a smaller house. The Solace sold from 1925-1933 for about $1,500.
Sears Vallonia, 521 Hendrickson
Built by the Horne family, the Vallonia at 521 Hendrickson has distinctive stickwork porch piers and decorative railings. The house still bears original features of this interesting bungalow, built in the 1920s. It would have cost about $2,076.
Sears Hampton, 245 Hendrickson
George Brown built this Sears Hampton in the early 1920s. It was a popular bungalow style. The photo above dates from the construction of the house, which has since been altered extensively. With enough room for a growing family, it could be purchased for $30 a month, less than the typical rent for a similar home.
Sears Chesterfield, 662 Hendrickson
The Chesterfield is an impressive English Tudor. Offered in 1926, it was never a popular model and is considered very rare. This one is nearly original; a small porch hood has been added to the front, and it has been sided in vinyl; otherwise, it appears as it did in the 1926 catalog, where it could be purchased for $2,934. A second house at 1376 Selfridge could also be a Chesterfield.
Sears Sheridan, 131 High Street
The Sheridan bungalow offered two bedrooms, with the option to finish three additional bedrooms on the second floor. The best feature of this house was the 8x24 front porch, which the catalog suggested could be screened or glazed to make a pleasant room. The house cost $2,245 in 1926.
Sears Claremont, 35 High Street
The Claremont and Riverside were identical houses that simply underwent a name change. The Claremont was a six-room shingled bungalow that, like many of these houses, had 8’6” ceilings to increase the healthful air flow and spacious feel of the small house. (It measured just 864 square feet, excluding the back staircase.)
Sears Honor, 695 Goodale
Sears Honor is a home that proves a pre-cut home did not need to be ordinary. This shingled and trellised cottage with triple eyebrow dormers evokes the feeling of an ancient European home. The Honor featured four bedrooms and a sleeping porch on the second story. A spacious sun room, large living and dining rooms, and a kitchen equipped with a pantry and breakfast alcove could be found on the first floor. The house even offered a rare ground floor laundry room. Offered in the 1926 catalog, the Honor cost about $3,200. The extant house is obscured by those giant pine trees, but its under there!
Sears Garfield, 26-28 Renshaw
The Garfield is an interesting foursquare duplex that featured five room flats for two families. Catalog companies not only offered duplexes, but small apartment homes, barns and garages as well. The home on Church still appears as it did in the 1930 Sears catalog.
Sears Cornell, 29 Nahma
The Cornell is a popular foursquare style home. It was offered in 1926 with three bedrooms for $1,785. By 1930, a second floorplan offered four upstairs bedrooms. The home boasted of numerous windows to provide an abundance of light and air in every room, and an efficient kitchen arrangement designed to save time and effort.
Sears Starlight, 816 Nahma
This house is very similar to the Sears Starlight, but without the mortgage it would have been difficult to identify, as it is also missing the typical roof dormer of the Starlight. The house did have a mortgage from Sears, so we are relatively certain it is a catalog home.
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LaSalle, 229 Fisher Court
While we don't have documentation on this house, it is a perfect match for the LaSalle offered by Lewis. The company sold their homes through their office in the Dime Bank Building in Detroit. This home was offered in 1939.