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 little bungalow and said, “Rebecca Hunter was here a few years ago and she said this is a Sears Belmont.”

Rebecca was right!

And it’s a beautiful house in mostly original condition.

Perhaps even more interesting, this is the only Sears Belmont that I’ve seen.


As seen in the 1920 catalog.


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Close-up of the floor plan.


house in Mattoon

The Belmont in Mattoon, IL.


And there are Bel

And there are Belmonts in these cities, too!



Close-up of the house.



Comparison of the catalog pic and actual house.


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  1. Genna Wangsness

    We have a Belmont in DeLand, FL.

    Have never seen another. If you’d like a photo, let me know.

  2. Andrew Mutch

    Genna – There’s a Facebook group for Sears homes where you can share photos.