441 CONGDON AVENUE
441 Congdon Avenue is a 1925 Sears, Roebuck and Company - Catalog House. Known as "The Starlight," Model 7009, this catalog house boasts "a low priced bungalow can be made attractive, inviting and comfortable in its interior. Our Starlight Modern Home, the living room and dining room of which we illustrate on this page, makes a little home of which, with the correct treatment, any family can justly be proud."
The home was originally built by local builder, Elton Farnsworth, for John and Mildred Andrews. John and Mildred both were born in Illinois and moved to Elgin in the 1920s. The Andrews did not live at 441 Congdon long as they moved to 1056 Bellevue Avenue in 1928.
441 Congdon contains many aesthetically pleasing "already cut," architectural features including its jerkinhead dormer with Palladian, multi-paned-over one double-hung window; texture sheet plaster walls and original millwork and hardware. The home has seen some alterations including its enclosed porch, installation of substitute siding and windows at the front porch. The porch was enclosed some time in the 1960s.
Sources: 2005 Heritage Plaque Application; Audio: TextAloud