In the late 1880's, J. L. Silsbee was very popular for a particular style of home and he designed many of them that are scattered around the country. This was the Shingle Style "suburban villa". Unlike those that he designed for clients in his home-city, Chicago, many of the homes that are located outside the city still survive. I have already written about one of these, a home for Judge James Shaw. Two more of these are in Dixon, Illinois; both built for very prominent citizens.
"tapestry brick". It is a modest yet beautifully sited home that, because of the sweeping roof line and brick work, seems to hug the earth. Initially, the the ground floor of the home was open across the front, providing a long porch from which to view the river. A later enclosing addition is conspicuous and denotes how difficult it is to match this complex brick at any point after a home's initial construction.
Watson-Plummer Shoe Company. He became a prominent man in the community and was known nation-wide within the shoe and leather business. He lived in this home most of his life, moving to Chicago in 1910 after the death of his wife. He soon remarried but passed away himself in 1913.