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! :)

Montgomery Ward Girard as seen in the 1927 catalog.

Montgomery Ward "Girard" as seen in the 1927 catalog.

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Dale found this Girard in Duquesne, Pennsylvania. Its a good match to the old catalog image (shown above).

Dale found this Girard in Duquesne, Pennsylvania. It's a good match to the old catalog image (shown above).

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And then theres the Sears Madelia, which looks a lot like the Girard!

And then there's the Sears Madelia, which looks a lot like the Girard!

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If you put them side by side, you see there are many similarities.

If you put them side by side, you see there are many similarities. The Wardway Girard is on the left and the Sears Madelia is on the right. They are quite similar, but the dormers are where you'll find the differences.

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