Many homes in Joplin’s Murphysburg Historic District have been lovingly restored and still enjoy original architectural features---but through the years---understandably the kitchens have been modernized. Five of these homes, located on South Moffet, South Sergeant and North Pearl Avenues will open their kitchens to the public on Friday, June 7, 2013 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The tour will show how owners incorporated modern appliances, fixtures, and decorations into their kitchens and pantries, while keeping the historic integrity of the house. Attendees will also learn about the original owners of the homes and their place in Joplin’s history. Refreshments and docents will be available at each location.
Madison Lane Interiors, originally Morgan’s Grocery Store built around 1934, is also on the tour. Madison Lane co-owner Pam Mense explained, “It was common for ladies of the house, or the hired help, to walk to the corner grocery store regularly and purchase items for that day’s meals.”
Paula Callihan, tour coordinator stated, “Historic Murphysburg Preservation chose these homes, built between 1895 and 1905, because they represent a mix of sympathetic additions and remodeling.”
Purchase tickets in advance at Madison Lane Interiors, 505 West Second Street or on line at Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. website www.Murphysburg.org. Madison Lane Interiors is open Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets will be sold on event day at 220 North Pearl Avenue, where the tour begins. Each ticket holder will receive a descriptive guide with addresses and pertinent information. Tickets are $15 per person.
Your host, Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc., a non-profit organization, is dedicated to the preservation of Joplin’s oldest downtown residential neighborhood through education and community involvement.
Contact HMP through the following options: (417) 483-3116; www.murphysburg.org; Facebook.com/Murphysburg; or e-mail at Murphysburg@gmail.org. Contact Madison Lane Interiors at (417) 206-0550.