What’s so special about it is that it retains much of the original…everything. There are those beautiful casement windows on the first floor, the siding, fireplace, hardware, the two original porch benches just as they looked in the Sears mail-order catalog. (You can see the Realtor’s virtual tour here.) None of the modifications seem destructive, either. The large porch off the dining and living room was finished and turned into a den — we have seen this in a couple of other area “Maywoods” as well.
The “Maywood” was not the largest or most luxurious model Sears offered, but certainly more elaborate than others and, in its “cottage” style, out of the ordinary. Both the winged floor plan and the hipped roof that continues its lines through the second floor add some neat architectural interest.
Update 4/21/2012: the “Maywood” went under contract in 5 days–let’s hope the new owners will put just as much effort in preserving its charm!
(Image scan courtesy of AntiqueHomeStyle.com)