Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc.
Window Restoration & Weatherization Boot Camp
With Bob Yapp
Thanks to all that contributed to this workshop!
Bob Yapp is a founding member of The National Window Preservation Standards Collaborative and nationally recognized expert on window restoration.
Hosting a Bob Yapp windows restoration and weatherization workshop has been a goal of Joplin’s Historic Preservation Commission for several years. We were able to offer the workshop this past weekend and it was a huge success in so many ways. Learning how to restore windows was a great way to celebrate Historic Preservation Month.
Thanks to Joplin Historical Neighborhoods for supplying precious architectural elements that were used to learn the “hands on” skills, and to our host, the Empire Market for an awesome workshop venue.
Although, we were not assigned a window, we were able to participate in the workshop where needed, and often just the smell of the heat guns were enough to bring back memories of working on our old houses in Murphysburg.
Master Craftsmen Bob Yapp and Bob McCarty, were knowledgeable, funny and, above all, patient with our mixed bag of property owners, skilled professionals, and educators. A big thanks to all of you for dedicating your time to learn the skills to restore historic windows that sustain the architecture they preserve.
From set up to tear down, an easy fellowship was enjoyed by everyone involved. We were reminded, it’s just as easy to laugh while you’re working and sweating as sitting over a good meal in the company of friends and colleagues.
Also, thanks to Historic Murphysburg Preservation for handling registration and bookkeeping.
The success of the workshop would not have been possible without the promotional help of our partners and friends in preservation: Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc., City of Joplin Public Information Office, Post Art Library, Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, Joplin Historic Neighborhoods, Inc. Connect2Culture, Downtown Joplin Alliance, Empire Market, Home Builders of Southwest Missouri, North Heights Neighborhood and Roanoke Times.
And, a big shout out to Debbie Woodin, reporter for The Joplin Globe for her series of articles on these recent preservation efforts in Murphysburg.
Everybody had a great time and it was another step in our common goal to preserve what we have.
Sincerely, Nancy Morton & Paula Callihan
Historic Preservation Commissioners
Sponsored by City of Joplin Historic Preservation Commission
Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc.
Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce
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!
Four women connected to the Murphysburg Historic District at the turn of the century will be honored during March-Women’s History Month. Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc., a local non-profit organization, will celebrate the past by using present day technology. There will be a different woman featured for a week starting every Wednesday in March on HMP’s website and Facebook page.
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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!
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Looking to move into one of our historic homes? This is the perfect place to find out all of the information about the homes that are available in our neighborhood!
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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.
More resources can be found at the Post Art Library