Features that make my house easy to identify:
- Odd footprint size -apparently 28x48 overall is a weird footprint for the period.
- One floor (fairly rare in a house of this size among all the various plans).
- The arrangement of the bedrooms and closet between.
- The bath positioned at the center rear of the house.
- The kitchen is not square.
- Front has two living room windows, the door, and the den/parlor window.
- That crazy angle between the living and dining rooms (this may have been a custom feature, though it was still fashionable in the 1900's and early teens).
- Porch design, tucked under the hipped roof (could easily be customized).
- Hipped dormer attic vent (now missing).
- No living room or parlor fireplace (house was heated with stoves originally).
- Lap siding, millwork and interior hardware are all Sears (and original, there is no sign whatsoever of the interior hardware ever being changed).
So, here you go, a quick illustrated guide to what this house is not.
From the Winterthur Archive (these examples are created from their archive scans):
The best candidate is the 119A - It looks good, from the outside, except this house is wider and has a different roofline, footprint (31x38) and similar, but still off, layout.
Montgomery Ward Book of Homes, 1916 (date taken from wallpaper book ad at end of catalog).
It isn't a 156, because the footprint (32x39) is wrong, and the plan is also far off. The only real similarities are the outer appearance and bath/kitchen positions. She looks a lot like my house, though!
Plan Book of Harris Homes 1915
The closest I could find is this one, the L-1001. It's not really even close, footprint is off, appearance is wrong, all details are wrong.
A later undated edition (all houses are "N-" designs) has no likely examples beyond the N-1001, which is almost identical to the above excerpt. Another I would assume comes between the two has houses designated "M-" and is equally unhelpful. Nearly all Harris Plan Book houses have a side-located bath in the one-story models.
Aladdin Homes "Built in a day" catalog No 29, 1917
Oh, now we get to the Sheridan, which really, really looks like the old girl. I mean, look. Just look at her.
They could be twins. But all the other details are off. Plus that pesky all-Sears interior.
This concludes the selections from the Winterthur Museum Library (courtesy of archive.org).
There are no Sears Home Catalogs or Gordon Van Tine Ready-Cut catalogs earlier than about 1920 on the Internet Archive. I have compared the 1920s GVT 548 with my house and while there is a superficial resemblance, they are far from the same house, the 548 is too narrow and has the wrong plan. Likewise for the 1920s 533.
I also have several Aladdin and Sears catalog reprints, plus The Houses That Sears Built and Houses By Mail and have voraciously read everything Sears and kit home related I can find online, and I can tell you that I have not yet found a precisely similar house. I am at a loss and I would be deeply grateful to anyone who might be able to point me to one.