Architectural Studies by Rebecca Hunter

Local author and historian Rebecca Hunter has extensivly researched structures and compiled studies on the unique architecture of Elgin. These studies cover Sears and other kit homes, the use of ornamental concrete blocks in Elgin architecture, and the current uses for neighborhood grocery stores and rural outbuildings.

Sears Homes

A collection of photographs and books detailing kit homes from Sears and Roebuck Co.

Sears Homes
Sears Homes

Ornamental Concrete Block Architecture

A collection of photographs showing the use of ornamental concrete blocks in Elgin architecture.

Ornamental Concrete Block Architecture
Ornamental Concrete Block Architecture

Remnants of Our Rural Past

A collection of photographs showing Elgin's history as a rural city, driven by horse and carriage.

Remnants of our Rural Past
Remnants of our Rural Past

Neighborhood Grocery Stores

A historical and pictorial record of neighborhood grocery stores.

Neighborhood Grocery Stores
Neighborhood Grocery Stores