Sheridan Homes Featured in Tour

Trail End, one of three homes on Saturday's Grand Home Tour. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan Media reporter Pat Blair participated in a special tour this weekend. Here's the story.

Three Sheridan homes designed by the same architect were opened to the public Saturday afternoon in the Trail End Guilds' Grand Home Tour. Trail End Site Superintendent Cynde Georgen said the tour gives people a chance to see inside of three of Sheridan's nicest homes. She said all three were designed by architect Glenn Charles McAlister.

In addition to Trail End, which was finished in 1913, the other two homes on the tour were the Robinson-Smith House on Brooks Street, built in 1909, and the oldest of the three houses, Mount View, also known as the Brooks-Yonkee House, built in 1912 on South Jefferson.

I had a chance to speak with Susan Brayton, current owner of Mount View.

All three homes are on the National Register of Historic Places. The tour was arranged by Sharie Prout, curator at the Trail End Historic Site.

Prout said there are a lot of architectural similarities between the three homes.

A native of Missouri, McAlister moved to Sheridan while the original courthouse was under construction.

Other buildings he designed in Sheridan are the Great Western Hotel Addition on West Works Street, the Golden Rule Store, which became the JC Penney building, the old Carnegie Library and the first Coffeen Elementary School which stood at the corner of Coffeen and Illinois Street. The First Federal Bank now stands at that location.

View more photos below.

Visitors in the front room of the Robinson-Smith House. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Another room in the Robinson-Smith House. (Photo by Pat Blair)
The fireplace at Mount View, which is original to the house. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Visitors in one of the bedrooms at Mount View. (Photo by Pat Blair)