Saturday, December 10, 2016

Sears Sherwood in Bound Brook, New Jersey

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Authenticated Sears Sherwood • 1929 • 730 Hawthorne Avenue, Bound Brook, New Jersey
Another Sears Sherwood ! We now have three on our National Database of Sears Homes, two of them authenticated (including this one), and we know of another in New York State.... we just haven't found that one yet :)   
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Sears Sherwood model from my 1930 Sears Modern Homes catalog.
This Sherwood in Bound Brook, New Jersey (Bridgewater Township), was bought by Victor and Helen Blake, through a mortgage with Sears. It is because of this mortgage that I was able to authenticate this as a Sears home, thanks to a mention of a "real estate transfer" between Victor M. Blake and Sears trustee F. C. Schaub.
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From a 1934 issue of Courier-News
Victor and Helen were married in 1926, and the 1930 census shows them both as bank workers-- she, a stenographer, and he, a bank analyst.
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1930 U.S. Census
1930 U.S. Census showing the Blakes' occupations
The Blakes are still listed at this address in 1942, in the city directory for Bound Brook, New Jersey. Sadly, however, by 1948, the Blakes were divorced, which was announced in the newspaper.
April 9 1948, Courier-News

The Sherwood Model
The Sherwood was offered only in 1929 and 1930, and offered three 2nd-floor bedrooms, two baths, a dining room, spacious living room with fireplace, and a kitchen in the back corner of the house.


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Sears Sherwood 2nd-floor plan from my 1930 catalog.
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Sears Sherwood first floor plan, from my 1930 Sears Modern Homes catalog.
For the past few years, this lovely home on Hawthorne Avenue has been listed for rent a few times, and so I was able to find a Zillow real estate listing with interior photos. Let's take a look (click any image to enlarge):

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sears sherwood interior

More information:
• To see a Sears Sherwood in the Chicago area, visit this blog post at Sears Homes of Chicagoland

• To see a Sears Sherwood in Pennsylvania, visit this blog post at American Kit Homes

• To see a recently discovered Sears Elmhurst visit this blog post at Kit House Hunters

• To see a Gordon-Van Tine #140 (with blueprints!) that I identified for a family in New York (it was pretty easy, really... after all, they sent blueprints! LOL), visit this blog post of mine, published on Thanksgiving morning! (And, for a chuckle, you can also visit this blog post by another blogger, who blogged about the exact same home, a few days later, using the exact same photos! Oh boy. She's pretty excited about blueprints ;)  To read more about that blogger, who is an admin on a Facebook group about kit homes, read this blog post about a brick Sears Maplewood model.  ) 

To my hard-working researcher friends, and fellow kit-home bloggers: Keep up the great work, digging up authentic examples to share! 

Hey! Melania Trump is at it again, but this time, in Oklahoma! (That's an inside joke ;) ) 

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4 comments:

  1. A certain Walt Whitman poem comes to mind when seeing the "pirate bloggers" picture, and along with that, a certain movie starring the late Robin Williams that was famous for using the opening line from the aforementioned poem as a way of showing solidarity towards the protagonist in a rebellious but (relatively) civilized manner. It's fitting, to say the least, and I can greatly appreciate that.

    Also, nice find on this house, and I must say that I quite enjoy your use of the "nut case bully" tag in this situation :)

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    1. Ha! I changed that to "OklahomaBully", but it's the same person!

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  2. Very cute house and nice find! This model may end up like the Sears Elmhurst--once thought rare, now, not so much. :)

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    1. Interestingly, this house was almost impossible to see on Google streetview... just like the Sewickley, PA one. If it hadn't been for the Zillow listing, we'd still think it was rare :)

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