In Spring 2010, I was in Taylorville, Illinois, and during my travels, I found something I’d never seen before: A Sears Modern Home Model #163. I talked with my dear friend Rebecca Hunter and learned that she’d never seen one either. In other words, this is a very rare model. And there it sits in Taylorville, a victim of insensitive remodeling.
This once-grand house has now been converted into a multi-family dwelling, which is especially sad.
As I’ve driven around the Illinois countryside, I’ve found that too many Sears Homes are in deplorable shape and are being treated like yesterday’s garbage. Hopefully, my new book on Sears Homes (The Sears Homes of Illinois) will do a little something to stem this onerous problem.