Dr. Thomas H. Sears Jr. and his wife, Sara, are well known in Piedmont, North Carolina, as a couple who are serious about historic preservation and collecting. Over the past forty-five years, their commitment to one another and their shared goals have enabled them to assemble one of North Carolina's finest collections of southern antiques, preserve one of the area's most significant paint-decorated interiors, and construct a warm, inviting home that showcases both.
The recent appearance of two portrait miniatures leads to new information about backcountry South Carolina artist Isaac Brownfield Alexander.
Largely unheralded, this Kansas City masterwork of modernism deserves its place in the pantheon of great American houses.
For Mary and Hank Brockman the proper preservation of the South's material culture includes art, architecture, artifacts and the landscape.