I stumbled upon some old PDFs of house plans from a company called the "Chicago Millwork Supply Company". I can't find a date on either of the catalogs, but they appear to be from the 1920s--and many of the designs appear to resemble (drumroll please) Sears Modern Homes! It is probably no accident that the Chicago Millwork Supply Company even titled their catalog "Modern Homes". It's difficult to trademark such a broad name, so they most likely capitalized on it. It is also likely that they acted as a supplier for other pre-cut home companies, hence the similarities.
Below are some grabs from the catalog, including a HILARIOUS description of their houses...
|Almost Wright-ian. Unusual to see stucco used as a selling point.|
|It's "modern". Because it has indoor plumbing.|
|Nice design. I've seen clones of this--usually with the 2nd story porch enclosed.|
|What's a sleeping porch, you ask? Try sleeping in an unairconditioned room when it's 98 degrees out. |
You'll want to sleep outside. This was a very common "feature" of homes from this period.
|Can someone tell me what the hell a "Freak Built House" is? I think it's some thinly-veiled reference to pre-cut homes.|