Denmark’s universe

Science, art and speed

When University of Illinois’ Scott Denmark came to the area, he lived in a familiar place.

“I started out in what is referred to as the faculty ghetto,” he said.

Fixer upper fervor

Tara and Jessica “Jessi” Hurless had just finished one of their renovation projects when we visited them in February for the spring edition of At Home in Central Illinois. They share a beautiful Victorian in Mahomet with their dogs, Chaco and Boss, and their cats, Harper, Charlie and Milo. 

“We finished up the kitchen,” Tara said. 

Tara’s dad gave them 12 boxes of stone tile, which was just enough to cover the kitchen floor. 

“We lucked out. We had just three pieces left,” Jessi said. 

Historical home: A message in a bottle

A block west of historic “millionaires row” — State Street in Monticello — is the North Charter Street home of Maureen “Mo” and Ryan Tracy. This beautiful Victorian Italianate-style home is a classic beauty that was built in the mid- to late 1800s. It’s a very beautiful, one-of-a-kind home that is equally rich in its history. 

They met far from home

The Radden family gave up a collective “Wow!” as they crossed the threshold of their new home in west Champaign.