I walked passed these two homes every day from kindergarten through fourth grade. I will post their photos here along with their history. Early childhood memories really do shape our path if we listen! I loved these homes when I was young and I still do today. Give me a barrel, shovel and stucco....I'm there!
I hope Freeport, IL will take care of these homes and preserve them for history. The photos simply don't do them justice. They shimmer in the sun and create visual magic!
Here is an excerpt from the site listed below describing the houses. Thank you to Bob Beggin and Dave E. for sending me the site! With gratitude, Laurie B.
...Freeport's glass houses, pictured both above share Beaver as a side street and are on the corners of Avon and Elk, near each other. F. A. Schulz had large flower gardens on land near these houses. He sold flowers to Chicago, and at one time had a grocery store in downtown Freeport. In about 1930 he started building these houses. His son said he made some of the glass decorations from the windshields of Model Ts and broken glass from the W. T. Rawleigh factory and S. S. Kresge's 5 & 10 Cent Store (later known as Kmart). Schulz crushed glass inside wooden barrels and used shovels to throw broken glass and rocks into wet cement and stucco. His kids and grandkids also remember not being so fond of the houses because he would sometimes steal some of their things (even toys and kitchenware) and embed them in his grotto or in one of the houses.