Offered between 1913 and 1918, the Sears Hawthorne was a somewhat ungainly-looking Craftsman style bungalow which was not a huge seller. It was essentially the one-and-a-half story version of the Sears Avondale which was far more popular with kit house buyers and available for over a decade. This Hawthorne is not to be confused with a much later Colonial Revival kit house given the same name by Sears and sold from 1931-33.
The house recently appeared on Old House Dreams and its bulky lines looked oddly familiar… a quick glance through Houses by Mail confirmed my suspicions. The house we’re about to look at was customized and varies somewhat from the published plans. The most obvious difference is the large mass built out over the porch roof. Too large to be a dormer, but not quite a full-height story, either, the space is awkwardly somewhere in-between. It might have looked better if the wrap-around pent roof had been eliminated. Let’s look around!