210 South Sergeant

Oliver S. Picher House

Circa 1904 ~ Colonial Revival

Modillions, Hitching posts

Featured architectural detail, modillionsThe Picher name has long been associated with Joplin’s mining history. In 1875, Judge Oliver H. Picher and his brother William organized the Picher Lead and Zinc Company. Judge Picher’s son, Oliver S., succeeded his father as president of the company in 1909.

Built in 1904, Oliver S. Picher’s stately Colonial Adam style home features an entry portico and side porches. The portico’s smooth Roman Doric columns support a balustraded balconet and the ceiling is the traditional color, sky blue. It was a custom of the day to paint the porch ceiling blue to mimic the sky and thus keep birds and wasps from building their nests there.