Starts with Bourbon Tasting on Friday Evening Date/Time: Friday – December 8, 2017 – 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Location: Scottish Rite Cathedral-505 S. Byers Avenue, Joplin

Taste Bourbon where Turn-of-the-Century Capitalists and Entrepreneurs Cultivated Business Deals and Friendships ($50)

  • Nuances of All Things Bourbon Taught by the Proprietor of White Mule Distillery
  • Food Pairings Included with Bourbon Tasting Ticket

General admission to the festivities ( Bourbon tasting not included )  $25

  • Cash Bar and Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres •   Scottish Rite Cathedral Guided Tours
  • Surprise Living History Portrayals

Continues on Saturday Afternoon for Holiday Homes Tour Date/Time: Saturday – December 9, 2017 – 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Location: Joplin Houses in Historic Murphysburg District and Wilson Hutton District

Friday-Saturday-Sunday – Visitors will be given information regarding all Joplin attractions, dining, bed & breakfast, shopping, and all the festivities that Joplin has to offer during the holiday season.


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How Tax Credits Work

Historic buildings are tangible links with the past. They help give a community a sense of identity, stability, and orientation. The Federal government encourages the preservation of historic buildings through various means.  Start here!

Pink & Purple

Dear Murphysburg Neighbors and Friends,

In order to honor victims, patients, survivors, and their loved ones during Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the historic Murphysburg residential district (generally Sergeant and Moffet from First to Seventh Streets) is going purple and pink.  Many trees that line our parkways will soon sport purple and pink ribbons during the month of October.

“We hope seeing the purple ribbons in Murphysburg will start a conversation about domestic violence, and raise awareness not only about the problem, but about where people can turn for help,” said Louise Secker, Lafayette House Development Director.  “We can help families be safe, and help them heal through counseling and other support services.”  Phone number: 417-782-1772.

During October, the Lafayette House is encouraging people to “go purple” to raise awareness of domestic violence and its impact on families in our community.  Other awareness activities will be visible in the community such as Missouri Southern State University and Kansas City University Medical School.

The Murphysburg district will also have pink ribbons—like last year—to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women.  About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.  The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it is found and treated early.  A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find the disease early when it is easier to treat.

“This is a call to action for all Joplin residents to make that doctor’s appointment, perform a breast self-exam, donate your time or money, or use social media to raise awareness,” said Paula Callihan, Murphysburg homeowner. “While there is no cure, we hope the pink ribbons will remind individuals that early detection is key in the fight against breast cancer.”



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Featured Homes!

Learn more about our the historic Murphysburg neighborhood using our interactive map!  You can virtually explore the entire Murphysburg district and learn about the people responsible for building our beautiful city!  NEW Walking Tour Brochure, here!

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Home for the Holidays Christmas Tour

Starts with Bourbon Tasting on Friday Evening Date/Time: Friday - December 8, 2017 - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Location: Scottish Rite Cathedral-505 S. Byers Avenue, Joplin Taste Bourbon where Turn-of-the-Century Capitalists and Entrepreneurs Cultivated Business Deals and...

Frye/Basom House

318 South Sergeant
Charles Frye House
Second Empire

The William Houk House

218 South Sergeant
William Houk House
American foursquare: Classical elements
Circa 1903
Featured architectural detail, oculus window

Fletcher Snapp House

501 South Sergeant
Fletcher Snapp House
Colonial Revival
Circa 1905

The Charles Moore/ Sig Klein House

Charles Moore/ Sig Klein House 102 South Moffet Avenue Circa 1902 Features Architectural details are Palladian and Art Glass   Charles's father Alexander Andrew Moore was a lead miner from Tennessee, who moved his family to Joplin around 1880. Charles was the oldest...

Home for the Holidays in Murphysburg

The Zelleken-Comerford House

Zelleken Comerford House
Dutch Colonial
Circa 1902
Featured architectural detail, gambrel roof

Elisha Mathew/George N. Spiva House

611 South Sergeant
Elisha Mathew/George N. Spiva House
Colonial Revival – Circa 1902

The Frank Childress House

302 South Sergeant
Frank Childress House
Circa 1922

The John Johnson House aka Schifferdecker Caretaker’s House

419 South Jackson The John Johnson House aka Schifferdecker Caretaker’s House                      Circa 1890 ~ Tudor Revival Features architectural details, Carriage step, Pilasters, Bay windows,...

The A. L. James House

619 West Second Street A.L. James House Original house ca. 1899 ~ Victorian Art Glass

The Simon Schwartz House

420 South Byers
Simon Schwartz House
Circa 1890 ~ Queen Anne
C.W. Kellogg
Architectual details are, Bay windows, Brackets, Stone balustrade

Gustave Kleinkauf House

523 South Sergeant
Gustave Kleinkauf House
Arts and Craft Bungalow
Circa 1905
Featured architectural detail, square columns.

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Julius Fischer House

315 South Sergeant
Julius Fischer House
circa 1880s
I-Frame Farmhouse

The Katherine J. (Foley) Douthat House

The Katherine J. (Foley) Douthat House
531 South Sergeant Avenue
Circa 1932 ~ Tudor Revival
Featured architectural details, Art glass

The Thomas Connor Nolan House

Thomas Connor Nolan House

Morgan’s Grocery Store

505 West Second Street
Morgan’s Grocery Store
Circa 1934 ~ Depression era
Concrete Block Commercial Building

The Oliver S. Picher House

210 South Sergeant
Oliver S. Picher House
Colonial Revival
Circa 1904
Featured architectural detail, modillions

George Lavery House

608 South Sergeant
George Lavery House
Queen Anne
Circa 1899
Featured architecture, gable Detail

William Picher House

421 South Sergeant
William Picher House
Colonial Revival
Circa 1899

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Arthur Waite House

616 South Sergeant


Arthur Waite House
American Four Square/Classic elements
Circa 1906

The James Geddes House

301 South Sergeant
James Geddes House
Queen Anne
Circa late 1890’s
Featured architectural detail, spindlework

The Ridgway Apartments

402-404 South Byers
Ridgway Apartment
Circa 1918 ~ Colonial Revival
Architectural details are,Parapet pediment
Ralph C. Camp and J.R. Ridgway
J.L. Heckenlively (Architect); Ralph C. Camp (Builder)

The Thomas Lennan House

219 South Sergeant
Thomas Lennan House
Georgian Revival
Circa 1917
Featured architectural detail, door with curved pediments

The Benedict Landauer House

The Benedict Landauer House
118 South Moffet Avenue
Queen Anne
Circa 1902
Featured architectural detail. oriel window

The Henry McNeal House

Henry McNeal House
220 South Moffet
Circa 1908 ~ Prairie Style
Architectual Details are,Oriel window, Art glass, Carriage steps

The Adam Scott House

202 South Sergeant
Adam Scott House
Queen Anne
Circa 1899
Featured architectural detail, brackets

The Cadi Klein House

The Cadi Klein House
622 South Sergeant Avenue
Circa 1900, Queen Anne
Architectual details are Doric Columns and Pediment

Good Urbanism

“Urban Living”
Murphysburg area offers a place to live, shop, dine and play,

Henry Weymann House

508 South Sergeant
Henry Weymann House
Queen Anne
Circa 1892
Featured architectural detail, fish scale shingle

The John Wise House

504 South Byers
Circa 1898 ~ Queen Ann
Architectural details are, Art glass, Brackets, Spindle work, Bay windows, Pediment, Fish scale
August Michaelis (Architect)

The William H. Miller House

111 South Sergeant
William H. Miller House
Queen Anne
Circa 1899
Featured architectural detail, fish scales

The Frank Sharp/ Nett Murphy House

The Frank Sharp House
212 South Moffet
Circa 1909 ~ Spanish Mission
Architectural details are, Mission parapet, Art glass

The William B McAntire House

524 West Fifth
The William B McAntire House
Ca. 1905 ~ Queen Anne
Architectural details are, Palladian window, Pediment, Bay window

The A. B McConnell/Sol Newman House

115 South Moffet
A.B. McConnell/ Sol Newman House
Circa 1899 Free Classic Queen Anne
Features architectural details, Dentils and Art Glass

The Creative Cottage

Phone: (417) 438-6808 –
Address: 523 S. Sergeant, Joplin

The Olivia Hotel and Apartments

320 South Moffet
Olivia Apartments – Arthur Bendelari
Circa 1906 ~ Late 19/Early 20 Century Revival
Interior: Pompeian Style
Architectural details, Doric columns

Edward Zelleken House

406 South Sergeant
Edward Zelleken House
Queen Anne
Circa 1893
Featured architectural detail, parapets

Charles Schifferdecker House

422 South Sergeant
Charles Schifferdecker House
Circa 1890
Featured architectural detail, hops Vines Frieze

Julius Miller Home

528 South Sergeant
Julius Miller
Queen Anne
Circa 1895
Featured architectural detail, oculus Window

Valley of Joplin Scottish Rite Cathedral

505 South Byers
Valley of Joplin Scottish Rite Cathedral
Circa 1923 ~ Beaux-Arts style
Bronze double doors, Light windows with “Union Jack” lights, Art glass, Keystone and spandrels with floral motif panels.

The A.H. Rogers House

623 West Fourth
A.H. Rogers House
Circa 1899 ~ Colonial Revival
Architectural details are, Broken pediment, Art glass

The Jesse Starr House

310 South Moffet
Jesse Starr House
Circa 1902 ~ Colonial Revival
Architectural details are, Modillions, Art glass

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The Frank Sharp/ Nett Murphy House

The Frank Sharp House
212 South Moffet
Circa 1909 ~ Spanish Mission
Architectural details are, Mission parapet, Art glass

Edward Zelleken House

406 South Sergeant
Edward Zelleken House
Queen Anne
Circa 1893
Featured architectural detail, parapets

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Home for the Holidays

This is your chance to buy tickets to the coolest Christmas homes tour that was ever happened. ever. For just the small price of admission, you will be the talk of the town and the envy of all your friends! You will never forget the awesome stuff you’re going to see! We suggest that you cancel that big vacation, cruise or trip to Europe because it can’t compare to how much you are going to enjoy your self at the Home for the Holidays, in Murphysburg tour!

Architectural elements you can discover in Murphysburg

Elements of Architecture

The Murphysburg Historic District appears much as it did during the period of significance (1880-1965) and as a whole retains all aspects of integrity. One hundred twenty-six of the 153 (82%) primary resources are contributing to the District while three of the primary resources were previously listed in the National Register of Historic Places. These resources remain in their original locations within the neighborhood and just west of the downtown commercial center. The residential setting has streets lined with sidewalks, mature trees, and houses on widely-spaced lots, as it did when it was initially platted.

Commercial areas have developed to the south and east, but these do not compromise the integrity of the District. The District clearly communicates its associations with and feelings about the patterns of residential development and the breadth of architectural styles that shaped the community of Joplin from the late 1800s into the mid-twentieth century.

The majority of resources retain their original design, materials, and workmanship. The array of architectural styles represented by the original designs, including National Folk Forms, Queen Anne, and Revival Styles, remains intact throughout the District. The majority of the resources have their original form and materials, such as limestone foundations, wood siding, and wood windows.

City of Joplin Forms & and Guidelines

Want to know more about how to list your home as a historic location? Add a city maker to your yard? This page will lead you to all of the city guidelines and regulations.

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