Historic Chevy Chase DC Kit Houses

This list of nearly 100 authenticated Sears, Lewis and other historic mail-order homes is the fruit of many years of research, and it continues to be a work in progress. We started compiling the specific Chevy Chase database on the initiative of and in cooperation with Historic Chevy Chase DC and are always grateful for corrections, suggestions and additional information or tips (just use the form below or email us). For an interactive map 🗺 with photos and catalog pages for these homes, please click here. For front images of the homes, click on the 📷 symbol in each row.

Address Model Year Authenticated via Comments/MLS Photos or blog links Original owner
3714 Livingston St NW GVT No. 542 1922 Via deed/ mortgage record and permit;  “Van Tine (Gordon) Co.” named as “architect” Blog post on the Livingston St Gordon-Van Tines

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Owner E. D. Tessier placed early 1920s newspaper ads identifying him as Gordon-Van Tine’s DC rep

Tessier, E. D. (builder: Teague, C. L. )
6015 33rd St NW GVT No. 619 1925 Via building permit 📷 Crabtree, John H.
3718 Livingston St NW GVT No. 707 1922 Via deed/ mortgage record and permit Blog post on the Livingston St Gordon-Van Tines

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Tessier, E. D. (builder: Teague, C. L. )
5509 Chevy Chase Parkway NW GVT No. 503 (No. 590 porch modifications) 1922 via building permits 📷
Dr. Sylvia Wilson
3910 Ingomar St NW GVT No. 589 1921 via building permits Likely built in 1922   📷
5904 Broad Branch Rd NW Lewis “Arden” 1921 Permit names Lewis Mfg Co as architect Massively modified (enclosed front porch; second floor added)

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Lloyd, W. Scott
5709 Nevada Ave NW Lewis “Ardmore” 1927 Permit names Lewis Mfg Co as architect  📷
3415 McKinley St NW Lewis “Ardmore” 1925 Permit names Lewis Mfg Co as architect  📷
6209 Western Ave NW Lewis “Ardmore” 1926 Permit names Lewis Mfg Co as architect  📷  Stella G. Gates
6132 30th St NW Lewis “Ashland” 1926 Permit names Lewis Mfg Co as architect  📷 James A. Strawn
3734 Kanawha St NW Lewis “Cambridge” 1921 Zepp testimonial – Washington Examiner Architect entry left blank on historic permit 📷
3226 Morrison St NW Lewis “Cambridge” 1925 Zepp mortgage/ Lewis as architect/Keystone Inc. as builder Model w/ the “sewing room” upstairs (which was turned into a master bath), otherwise unaltered  📷
3925 Huntington St NW Lewis “Cambridge” 1921 Permit names Lewis Mfg Co as architect MLS marketing photos of the home

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 Smith, J. Ernest (Builder: Lloyd, C. W.)
3718 Ingomar St NW Lewis “Cheltenham” 1924 Zepp mortgage (and permit names Lewis Mfg Co as architect)  📷
5622 32nd St NW Lewis “Chevy Chase” 1919 Zepp testimonial house; Speiden & Speiden as architects  📷  Zepp, Guy S.
5717 33rd St NW Lewis “Chevy Chase” 1918 Speiden & Speiden as filing architects  (show up in Zepp/Lewis houses from pre-Platshon years (1919/1920)  📷 Guy Zepp (Lewis rep.)
3904 Legation St NW Lewis “Chevy Chase” 1919 Speiden & Speiden as filing architects (show up in Zepp/Lewis houses from pre-Platshon years (1919/1920) On permit 30 x 46 deep like the other three in the neighborhood. Same owner/builder (Gordon, James. H.) as 3404 Morrison (Lewis “Hollywood”) and 3604 Morrison, which name Speiden AND Lewis as architect.

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3506 McKinley St NW (original house number 3614) Lewis “Chevy Chase” 1919 Speiden & Speiden as architects; see above MLS Photo TourTour; on permit 30 x 46 deep. Same owner/builder (Gordon, James. H.) as 3404 Morrison (Lewis “Hollywood”) and 3604 Morrison, which name Speiden AND Lewis as architect. 📷
3212 Northampton St NW Lewis “Chevy Chase” 1919 Speiden & Speiden as architects, Zepp as owner/builder On permit 30 x 46 deep like the others. Guy S. Zepp
3207 Rittenhouse St NW Lewis “Coronado” 1923 Permit names Lewis Mfg Co as architect Per permit, 24×24 = Coronado. Fenestration and front porch modifications 📷 Anna N. Wagonseller
3808/3810 Legation St NW Lewis “Harrison” 1926 Permit names Lewis Mfg Co as architect  📷  📷
6310 33rd St NW Lewis “Hawthorne” 1924 Guy Zepp/Gordon Ricketts mortgage/Platshon on permit  📷 Miss M.G. Burgess
3404 Morrison St NW Lewis “Hollywood” 1920 Zepp testimonial house (permit names Lewis AND Speiden & Speiden as architect)  📷 Gordon, James H.
3380 Stuyvesant Pl NW Lewis “Kenwood” 1925 Building permit  📷
5501 Nevada Ave NW Lewis “Lancaster” 1921 Zepp testimonial house; Speiden & Speiden named as architect  📷
4120 Harrison St NW Lewis “Lenox” 1922/ 1923 M. Platshon named on permit  📷 Van Vleck, Wm. C.
5505 33rd St NW Lewis “Marengo” 1924 Guy Zepp/Gorden & Ricketts mortgage Modification with 3 windows in front. Double BR might be original. Lewis Foreclosure in 1927 📷
5526 39th St NW Lewis “Marengo” 1926 Mortgage. Also, building permits name “Lewis Mfg Co” as the “architect” 📷
3914 Military Rd NW Lewis “Marlboro” (plan 2.) 1925 Permit  📷 W. P. Gilbert
3372 Stuyvesant Pl NW Lewis “Oakwood” 1926 Permit names Lewis Mfg Co as architect  📷
5330 39th St NW Lewis “Pembroke” 1925 Zepp mortgage  📷
3614 Military Rd NW Lewis “Regal” 1923 Platshon  📷  Rowland C. Riddick
3510 Quesada St NW Lewis “San Fernando” 1922 M. Platshon named as “architect” 📷
3518 Northampton St NW Lewis “Shelbourne” 1923 Guy Zepp mortgage; marked lumber Blog post on the Northampton Shelbourne

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3522 Northampton St NW Lewis “Sherman” 1924 Lewis Mfg Co. and M. Platshon on permit  📷
3600 Rittenhouse St NW Lewis “Standish” 1924 Lewis Mfg Co. named as architect in permit With “Cambridge” door and “Marlboro” entry hood/brackets  📷 Shumaker, B. W.
5601 32nd St NW Lewis “Winthrop” 1924 Guy Zepp mortgage/permit  📷  BonDurant, E. H.
3419 McKinley St NW Lewis “Winthrop” 1925 Permit names Lewis Mfg. Co. as architect  📷 G.E. Yancey
3932 McKinley St NW Lewis “Winthrop” 1924 Guy Zepp mortgage/permit  📷
3373 Runnymede Pl NW Lewis Mfg. – unknown or custom model; possibly a copy of the Sears “Sunbeam” 1926 Permit names Lewis Mfg Co as architect  📷
5800 32nd St NW Lewis Mfg. – unknown or custom model 1926 Permit names Lewis Mfg Co as architect Possibly a copy of the Aladdin “Pasadena” or a version that was later picked up by Lewis Liberty 📷 F. Hand
6314 33rd St NW Sears “No. 123” 1915 Permit One of the earliest official (i.e., named in building permits) examples of Sears houses in DC 📷 Winthrop D. Foster
4205 Military Rd NW Sears “Alhambra” 1925 Sears catalog testimonial; no architect or builder on permit  📷
3939 Legation St NW Sears “Alhambra” 1927 (?) Not authenticated; Permit missing in city archive CMU construction! Compare to detail from earlier S&R catalogs (1913) 📷 Shaw, K. A
5457 Nevada Ave NW Sears “Americus” 1926 mortgage + permit  📷 Riffenburg, H. B.
5616 Nevada Ave NW Sears “Americus” 1926 mortgage  📷
5615 33rd St NW Sears “Americus” 1923 mortgage  📷
3500 Morrison St NW Sears “Americus” 1928 mortgage  📷
3502 (formerly 3612) McKinley St NW Sears “Avalon” 1922 Not authenticated. Speiden & Speiden–firm known to file/modify kit house plans for local Lewis office in earlier years Per permit 24 x 48 deep; consistent with Avalon. Chimney in front and trim modifications. Year in tax record is wrong. 📷  G. C. Roe
5450 33rd Street St NW Sears “Ardara” 1923 mortgage  📷
5416 Nevada Ave NW Sears “Barrington” 1930 mortgage  📷
2908 Rittenhouse St NW Sears “Barrington” 1930 Sears & Roebuck named as architect in permit; Sears mortgage Blog Post with lots of detail on the Rittenhouse Barrington

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3416 Patterson St NW Sears “Barrington-Brockwood” hybrid 1931 Sears mortgage, Sears named as builder  📷
3217 Oliver St NW Sears “Bedford” 1926 Permit Original owner, architect and builder are the same person on permit. Model wasn’t offered until 1927 📷  Caywood, S. W.
6157 30th St NW Sears “Belmont” (brick version of the “Lynnhaven” 1933 Permit—Sears & Roebuck named as “builder”  📷 Haines, Wm. C. (filing architect: Conner, E. J.)
5900 32nd St NW Sears “Crescent” 1926 Permit—Sears & Roebuck named as “architect”  📷
3428 Oliver St NW Sears “Fullerton” 1927 “S.W. Phelps submitted plans on behalf of Sears”  📷

 

Nellie S. Morgan
3110 Rittenhouse Rd NW Sears “Galewood” 1932 Sears Roebuck as “builder” on permit  📷
3617 Quesada St NW Sears “Honor” 1922 Sears mortgage record  📷
3919 Harrison St NW Sears “Kilbourne” 1925 mortgage  📷
5400 Nevada St NW Sears “Kilbourne” 1925 mortgage  📷
3215 Oliver St NW Sears “Kilbourne” 1926 Sears mortgage record. Sears Roebuck & Co. also named as “architect” in permit.  📷
3401 Patterson St NW Sears “Lewiston” 1929 Permit—Sears & Roebuck named as “architect”  📷 P.H. Girouard
3640 Kanawha St NW Sears “Lewiston” 1931 Permit—Sears & Roebuck named as “architect”  📷
3907 Huntington St NW Sears “Martha Washington” 1924 Permit—Sears & Roebuck named as “architect”  📷 Schreiber, Herman V.
3920 Military Rd NW Sears “Lexington” 1926 Permit—Sears & Roebuck named as “architect” Customized with a “Martha Washington” entry and windows, as well as numerous interior details that were borrowed from the (somewhat smaller Martha Washington model). 📷 McMahon, J. ( Builder: Lightbown, B. L.)
3700 Military Rd NW Sears “Martha Washington” 1925 stamped lumber, etc; original Sears blueprints Blog post: A Case In Point For Chevy Chase Kit House History

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Earl and Carrie Steer
6233 30th St NW Sears “Martha Washington” 1924 Sears mortgage/and  Sears & Roebuck named as “architect” in permit  📷  Oscar D. Allen
3842 Legation St NW Sears “Maywood”* 1925 Permit names R.C Hunter and Keystone Co. as architect and Keystone Co. as builder 📷 *The 5 suspected Chevy Chase “Maywoods”, while perfect matches to the Sears catalog model, have so far not been authenticated. None of them mentions Sears Roebuck in the historic building permits. They were all built in the same year by a local builder, Keystone Co., before Sears started carrying the model (in 1926). The design (by New York architects R.C. Hunter & Bros.) was also published as the “Cedars” by the National Home Builders Society in 1923:  National Home Builders Society in 1923: (https://archive.org/stream/homebuilder00natirich#page/86/mode/2up  Hunter’s original design showed different dormers. The 5 Chevy Chase houses on the other hand are consistent with the flat top/shed dormers that Sears adopted.
5517 Broad Branch Rd NW Sears “Maywood”* 1925 Keystone Co. as builder, but has a different “architect”  MLS pictures 📷
*See remarks for 3842 Legation St NW
3306 Quesada St NW Sears “Maywood”* 1926 Permit names “Standard Builders” as builder and R.C. Hunter & Bro. as architect *See remarks for 3842 Legation St NW  📷
3510 Morrison St NW Sears “Maywood”* 1925 Permit names  R.C. Hunter & Bro. as architect and “Columbia Realty & Construction Co.” as builder  📷
*See remarks for 3842 Legation St NW
3661 Morrison St NW Sears “Maywood”* 1925 Permit names “Standard Builders” as builder and R.C. Hunter & Bro. as architect *See remarks for 3842 Legation St NW  📷
3360 Runnymede Pl NW Sears “Newcastle” 1932 Permit names Sears Roebuck as “builder” Permit states construction as “brick” rather than “frame” with face brick (!)  📷
3200 McKinley St NW Sears “Oak Park” 1927/ 1928 Sears mortgage  📷
3614 Quesada St NW Sears “Priscilla” 1926 Sears mortgage record MLS tour

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6321 33rd Street NW Sears “Priscilla” 1927 Sears mortgage  📷
4114 Ingomar St NW Sears “Puritan” 1923 Sears catalog testimonial  📷
5910 32nd St NW Sears “Puritan” 1924 Sears mortgage  📷
5245 42nd St NW Sears “Puritan” 1926 Permit—Sears & Roebuck named as “architect”  📷 Powers, John T.
3409 Patterson St NW Sears “Rembrandt”  1925 Via mortgage record Permit only names local architect and builder  📷
5447 Chevy Chase Pkwy Sears “Rembrandt” 1925 Permit—Sears & Roebuck named as “architect”  📷
3207 Oliver St NW Sears “Rembrandt” 1928 Sears mortgage  📷
3431 Oliver St NW Sears “Rembrandt” 1925 Sears mortgage Martha Washington entryway!  📷
5432 31st St NW Sears “Rockford” 1929 mortgage  📷
6206 Broad Branch Rd NW Sears “Rockford” 1926 Permit—Sears & Roebuck named as “architect”  📷  Herbert J. Buell
5538 Nevada Ave NW Sears “Rodessa” 1926 same “architect”  (Phelps) as the Fullerton on Nevada and other Sears houses Phelps has been noted on some permits to file “on behalf of” Sears.  📷
5620 33rd St NW Sears “Van Jean” 1930 mortgage AND permit  📷
6019 Western Ave NW Sears “Verona” 1923 Permit; original detail  📷  Wolfe, Frank S.
5612 33rd St NW Sears “Walton” 1925 stamped lumber  📷
6350 31st St NW Sears “Walton” 1923 Sears mortgage; permit also names Sears Roebuck  📷  Emil Critchfield
6207 Broad Branch Rd NW Sears “Walton” 1924 Sears mortgage  📷
5445 Chevy Chase Pkwy NW Sears “Westly” 1925 mortgage  📷
5710 Broad Branch Rd NW Sears  “Westly” 1926 Sears mortgage Blog post about the Broad Branch Westly’s history

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5467 Nevada Ave NW Sears “Woodland” 1926 mortgage  📷
3323 Upland Ter NW Sears “Woodland” 1925 Sears mortgage  📷
3111 Oliver St NW Sears “Woodland” 1926 Sears mortgage (tax 2312/41)  📷
5713 33rd Street NW Sears “Woodland” 1925 Permit—Sears & Roebuck named as “architect”  📷 Read, William T.
3819 Legation St NW Sterling “San Carlos” 1919 International Mill and Timber (i.e., Sterling) listed as architect  📷  Hastings, E. C.

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