The Hawthorne Effect

It wasn’t terribly long ago that I noticed that the Avondale and the Hawthorne were the same house, with a lone difference: The attic/second floor on the Hawthorne was enlarged, to create livable space. From what I’ve seen out in the world, the Avondale...

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...