As has been mentioned before, Montgomery Wards offered many kit homes that bore a stunning resemblance to a model of kit home offered by Sears. Was this coincidence? Probably not. Were the two competitors keeping an eye on one another? Absolutely.
One such model – offered by Montgomery Ward – was the Wardway “Girard.” It looked a lot like the Sears Madelia.
In fact, prior to writing this blog, I just assumed they were the same house. Now that I’ve been studying these photos for a few minutes, I see there is one obvious difference: The through-the-cornice dormer.
On the Girard, it’s a simple shed dormer with no cornice returns. On the Sears model, it’s a clipped-gable with very dramatic cornice returns.
Inside, both houses are identical (24 by 22), and even the room sizes are exactly the same in both models.
I think someone was looking over someone else’s shoulder when these houses were designed!
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