In the book Mr. and Mrs. Forney live in the home. It is right next to St. Mary Cathedral. (You can see the church in the background on the right.)
In real life the Siers family lived in the house. I visited my friend, Sue when we were growing up.
From New Beginnings......
"Aubrey was awestruck when she parked her car in front of the Forney home. It was a Georgian Revival house with Ionic columns. There were magnificent porches on the main level and second floor at the front of the home. Actually she thought about how their last apartment in Texas could have fit on 1/10th of the front porch of this house! She walked up the wide steps to ring the doorbell. She sort of expected a butler to open the door, but Mrs. Forney opened it herself.
The inside was as spectacular as the outside. Aubrey's eyes were drawn to the double wide staircase in front of her that led to the second floor. There was a grand circular opening between the first and second floor. Aubrey exclaimed, "Please tell me you put a Christmas tree right here!"
Mrs. Forney laughed, "Of course not, it would take a whole lumberman's camp to bring in a tree that big and the cost to light it and decorate it would feed the homeless for a whole year!"