The Belmont: Practical and Graceful

In February 2010, I was in Mattoon, Illinois doing research for my book, The Sears Homes of Illinois. My friend (old house lover and local historian) Joyce St Michael spent the day with me as we tooled around Mattoon and Charleston. Joyce drove me to this darling...

Andy Griffith: 1926 – 2012

As a child of the 1960s, I grew up watching The Andy Griffith Show on television and loved each and every episode and each and every character. My mother would tell me that “Aunt Bea” reminded her a lot of her own mother, Florence Appleby, a woman who died...

The Berwyn: Monotony Relieved!

The Sears Berwyn (named for a city in Northern Illinois) was one of their most popular houses, and it’s a cutie-pie of a house, too! The double-arched front porch makes it easy to identify. * * * * * * * * * * To learn more about Sears Homes, click here. To read...