In September 1871, Murphysburg was incorporated in Missouri and named for co-founder Patrick Murphy. At the time, Murphysburg was generally on the west side of Joplin Creek and Joplin City was on the east side of the creek. Although the two cities had a contentious relationship, they merged and incorporated in March 1873, under the name of Joplin.

Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc.  hosted an event on Saturday, September 11, 2021, to commemorate the 150th year anniversary of the incorporation of the town of Murphysburg. Murphysburg Sesquicentennial Celebration . . . Patrick Murphy’s Legacy showcased the past and future of the Murphysburg Historic District via a behind-the-scenes tour of an ambitious preservation project, rare visits to several private gardens, pools, and porches, and numerous street fair activities

This event was a way to have fun with history and learn about the rehabilitation and future use of four significant Murphysburg properties—the Olivia Apartments at 4th and Moffet, plus the Schifferdecker, Zelleken, and Rogers Houses near 4th and Sergeant.

The celebration was on Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 2 to 6 pm, on Sergeant Avenue between 2nd and 5th Street.  Activities include Irish heritage musical entertainment by The Sea Hollies (a local Joplin band) and Irish dancing demonstrations with audience participation.  The area’s German heritage will also be featured with music from the The GAST Blaskapelle community band affiliated with the German American Society of Tulsa.  American style standards were performed by the Heartland Concert Band.  Other activities included a walking tour and scavenger hunt; period costumed reenactors; equestrian demonstrations by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Posse, miniature train rides, and more.  Joplin’s city flower, the iris, was spotlighted.  A Patriot Day flag ceremony to honor the victims and first responders of 9/11.   Docents educated visitors about architectural details, stories about the original homeowners, and tidbits of history.


Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc., is a non-profit organization that implements charitable and educational activities, which promotes and stimulates historic awareness throughout Joplin. 

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the activities of HMP.

The event is in cooperation with Joplin Historical Neighborhoods, Inc.  


Bare Bones in the Schifferdecker House

Guests learned the process of the extensive JHN restoration.

Living history portrayals

Proper day wear attire for late 1800s was exhibited in the Zelleken House by The Ellis Sisters.

Charles and Wilhelmina Schifferdecker House

Joplin Historical Neighborhoods, Inc. (JHN) was established to preserve and memorialize the rich history and Victorian architecture of three homes in the Murphysburg Historic District, providing living history museums of the formative days of Joplin, Missouri.

Michael Englebert Griffin, AIA LEED AP O+M Preservation Architect

Michael explained the intense preservation project to the tour guests.

Brad Belk, Preservation Director and Curator

Brad lead the other tour group and told the story of the restoration.

Hard Hat Tour

Michael was hired in 2017 as the preservation architect for Joplin Historical Neighborhoods, Inc. and has relocated to the Joplin community.

Hard Hat Tour goers

Happy tour goers at 422 S Sergeant Ave-Charles Schifferdecker House Circa 1890 ~ Romanesque

Hard Hat Tour goers

Tour guests photo opportunity at the Schifferdecker carriage house.

Hard Hat Tour goers

The Hard Hat Tour showcased the past and future of the Murphysburg Historic District via a behind-the-scenes tour of an ambitious preservation project.

GAST Blaskapelle community band

The GAST Blaskapelle community band affiliated with the German American Society of Tulsa, Blaskapelle (German for “wind band”) was on site to perform.

Free fun for all ages

Trains, music, and more…

Jasper County Sherriff's Posse

Equestrian demonstrations by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Posse, with horses hitched to Murphhsburg original hitching posts.

Historical reenactors

Period reenactors welcomed guests in front of one of the garden tour stops

GAST Blaskapelle community band

Food vendors



Volunteers setting up the Beer Tent

Murphysburg’s “Beer Boss Man”, Bob Samuals made home brew in honor of Charles Schifferedecker, Joplin’s original “Beer Boss Man”.

Frank Childress House

One of the Gardens & Pool tour stops.

Frye/BaSom House

One of the Gardens and Pool stops.

Heritage Music

German band honored Charles Schifferdecker’s homeland heritage.

Irish Heritage Music

Irish music honored Patrick Murphy, “Father of Murphysburg” homeland heritage music.

Oom-pah-pah Music

Polka time!

Hard Hat Tour

Tour guests entering the Edward Zelleken House, learning about preservation.

Hard Hat Tour at the Charles Schifferdecker House

The Crown jewel of Murphysburg with restoration well underway

Sherriff's Posse

The Jasper County Sherriff’s Posse showed up to educate guests on the importance of their search and rescue team.

Sherriff's Posse

The Jasper County Sherriff’s Posse showed up to educate guests on their search and rescue team.

Historic Murphysburg Preservation’s mission is to promote historic preservation throughout the Murphysburg Residential Historic District and the City of Joplin.  We seek to preserve the integrity of the downtown residential community, educate visitors about our rich history, save limited natural resources, and instill community pride.

This premiere edition is the result of a collaboration between Post Art Library, Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc., (Hey, that’s us!) and Visit Joplin. The illustrations are by artist Martha Goldman.

Celebrating some of the women who have called Joplin home, Women Who Made Their Mark features activists, artists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and pioneers who made significant contributions to our community and beyond:

Although this book highlights only a dozen of the many exceptional women from Joplin history, we hope it encourages exploration of the impact women have had in our community.

Homes of Murphysburg!


4TH Street Lofts-R&S Chevrolet Building

Gustave A Kleinkauf

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

Charles Schifferdecker House

422 South Sergeant
Circa 1890~ Romanesque
Featured architectural detail, hops Vines Frieze

2019 Home for the Holidays… in Joplin

Home for the Holidays…in Joplin

The Fredrick H. Rogers House | North Heights Neighborhood | 536 North Wall | Historic Local Landmark

The Fredrick H. Rogers House | North Heights Neighborhood | 536 North Wall | Historic Local Landmark

Thomas Lennan House

219 South Sergeant
Circa 1917 ~ Colonial Revival
Architect, Austin Allen

Featured architectural detail, door with curved pediments


After the May 2011 Joplin Tornado destroyed Unity of Joplin’s house of worship, they chose to purchase and restore the former Women’s Club rather than rebuild their former building. The Neal Group Construction Company was hired as the general contractor for the renovations.

The Benedict Landauer House

118 South Moffet Avenue
Circa 1902~ Queen Anne

Featured architectural detail. oriel window

Arthur Waite House

616 South Sergeant
Circa 1906 ~ Colonial Revival
Architects Garstang and Rea

The Simon Schwartz House

420 South Byers Avenue
Circa 1890 ~ Queen Anne
C. W. Kellogg, Architect

The Henry Weymann House

508 South Sergeant’
Circa 1891 ~ Queen Anne
Architectural feature, Art Glass


North Heights Neighborhood

Restoring A Historic Building

Looking for assistance in rehabilitating an historic building?

James I. Geddes House

Geddes House and Air b&B

United Hebrew Congregation

United Hebrew congregation

Frank Sharp/Nett Murphy House

212 South Moffet
Circa 1909 ~ Spanish Mission
Architectural details are, Mission parapet, Art glass

Joplin Visitors & Convention Center

Stay awhile and enjoy Joplin!

Cadi Klein House

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

Austin Allen House

Austin Allen 112 Seargeant

Fletcher Snapp House

501 South Sergean
Circa 1905 ~ Colonial Revival

Frank Childress House

302 South Sergeant  ~ Circa 1922 ~ Craftsman ~ Architectual details ~ Art...

William B McAntire House

524 West Fifth
Circa1905 ~ Queen Anne
Architectural details are, Palladian window, Pediment, Bay window

Dr. Albert Newton Winchester

Dr. Albert Newton Winchester
507 South Sergeant
1905-1906 Queen Anne

Good Urbanism

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

Morgan’s Grocery Store

505 West Second Street
Circa 1934 ~ Depression era
Concrete Block Commercial Building

John Johnson House aka Schifferdecker Gardner’s House

419 South Jackson Circa 1890 ~ Tudor Revival Features...

Oliver Shepard Picher House

210 South Sergeant
Circa 1904 ~ Colonial Revival

Featured architectural detail, modillions

Henry McNeal House

220 South Moffet
Circa 1908 ~ Craftsman
Architectual Details are,Oriel window, Art glass, Carriage steps

The Thomas Connor Nolan House

106 South Moffet
Circa 1902 ~ Free Classic Queen Anne
Featured architectural details are Ionic columns and Hitching post

Alfred Harrison Rogers House

623 West Fourth
Circa 1899 ~ Classical Revival
Architectural details are, Broken pediment, Art glass

Adam Scott House

202 South Sergeant
Circa 1899 ~ Queen Anne
Featured architectural detail, brackets

Edward Zelleken House

406 South Sergeant
Circa 1893 ~ Queen Anne
Architectural features Parapets and Art Glass

Jesse Starr House

Colonial Revival circa 1902

Katherine J. (Foley) Douthat House

531 South Sergeant Avenue
Circa 1932 ~ Tudor Revival
Featured architectural details, Art glass

Elisha Mathew/George N. Spiva House

611 South Sergeant
Circa 1902~ Colonial Revival

Charles G. Henderson House

518 South Sergeant  Circa ~ 1917 ~ Colonial Revival ~ Murphysburg  Originally...

Frederick Wilber House

Wilson Hutton District
117 North Moffet Avenue
circa 1906 ~ American Foursquare

Valley of Joplin Scottish Rite Cathedral

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

The Olivia Hotel and Apartments

320 South Moffet  Olivia Apartments - Arthur Bendelari 1906 ~ Late 19/Early 20...

George Lavery House

608 South Sergeant
Circa 1899~ Queen Anne

Featured architecture, gable Detail

Frye/BaSom House

The Frye/BaSom House


603 North Pearl Avenue
North Heights
Richardson House

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)

Julius Fischer House

Julius Fischer House

William Houk House

218 South Sergeant
Circa 1909 ~ American foursquare: Classical elements
Featured architectural detail, oculus window

A. B McConnell/Sol Newman House

115 South Moffet
Circa 1899 ~ Free Classic Queen Anne
Features architectural details, Dentils and Art Glass

Past events and Attractions

100th Anniversary of Joplin’s Jewish Temple – 2016

100 Year Anniversary of Joplin’s Jewish Temple Open House Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. (HMP) will partner with the United Hebrew Congregation of Joplin when the doors of the iconic Jewish temple at 702 South Sergeant Avenue will open to the public...

2015 Mr. Charles Schifferdecker, Remembered & Revisited A Century Later

Mr. Charles Schifferdecker, Remembered & Revisited Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. (HMP) will now celebrate another era of significance by highlighting its most notable businessman and philanthropist.  On October 30 and 31, 2015, HMP’s newest event is,...

2015 Monuments of Murphysburg Tour _ Historic Mount Hope Cemetery

Mount Hope Cemetery Tour Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. thought outside their block by hosting a guided tour of significant monuments and mausoleums at Mount Hope Cemetery. Have you ever wondered what a mausoleum looks like behind ornate solid bronze doors,...

Murphysburg Sesquicentennial….Patrick Murphy’s Legacy

Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. will host an event on Saturday,September 11, 2021, to commemorate the 150th year anniversary of the incorporation ofthe town of Murphysburg. Murphysburg Sesquicentennial Celebration . . . PatrickMurphy’s Legacy will showcase the...

2013 Missouri Statewide Preservation Conference in Historic the Newman Building

Don’t miss the Missouri Preservation Conference to be held this year in historic Boonville September 18-20. In addition to the full schedule of educational sessions, two full-day workshops will be conducted – one concerning Historic Building Development & Tax...

2017 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...

Annual Membership Meeting

Annual Membership Meeting Morgan's Grocery Store Save the Date! 2016 Murphysburg Annual Membership Meeting Location: Morgan’s Grocery Store, circa 1934, 505 West Second Street Hosts: Dr. Blake Webster and Dr. Amykay Cole Date: Friday, October 14, 6:30 pm Guest...

Ongoing commitment to promote the health of body, mind and family though out our community Murphysburg has gone PINK & PURPLE

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...

Joplin Area Veterans Day Parade

Joplin Area Veterans Day Parade Saturday November 5, 2016 CELEBRATE • HONOR • REMEMBER The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month Veterans Day is the solemn day to thank all those that served in our military both in wartime and in peacetime.  Help...

2019 Home for the Holidays… in Joplin

Home for the Holidays…in Joplin

1914 Great War Christmas Peace Truce, in the trenches of Ypres, Belgium

The Christmas Truce of 1914 is often celebrated as a symbolic moment of peace in a violent war. The true spirit of Christmas prevails with Men from the Royal Dublin Fusiliers meet their German counterparts in no man’s land somewhere in the deadly Ypres Salient*,...

2013 100th Year Anniversary of the Historic Frisco Building

100th Year Anniversary of the Historic Frisco Building The 100th year anniversary celebration of the historic Frisco Building, 601-605 South Main Street, Joplin, Missouri will be held on Thursday, October 17 starting at 4 p.m.  The event will be held in conjunction...

Dickensfest 2010

Dickensfest 2010-2011-2012-2013-2014 Dickensfest is Joplin's Murphysburg Historic Residential District signature holiday festival. Live shows, characters, animals, nativity, petting zoo, concerts, music, arts, crafts, Olde English Village, food, Victorian Magic...

2014 Joplin celebrates it’s 144 birthday by recognizing the place where Joplin got it’s start, “The Discovery Shaft”

Around 1860 John Cox’s servant Pete unearthed chunks of lead, while digging for fishing worms 300 yards north of the old Broadway Viaduct.  Though little mining took place at this time, the discovery shaft led to the founding of Joplin. J.B. Sergeant and  E.R. Moffet...

2019 Home For The Joplin

The Julius Fischer House

The Julius Fischer House

Step back in time for a glimpse into turn-of-the-century Joplin with a Holiday Homes Tour of nine private historic homes.

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.

Holly Hills 210 Duquesne Road

210 South Duquesne Road.   Sale details! Craftsman-styled house built by one of Joplin's earliest mine operators and bankers, Alfred C. Moore. The Moores, moved to Joplin to pursue mining and banking interests during Joplin's lead and zinc boom, started...

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!

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HMP Volunteer Board Members

President: Mary Ann Neff,  Vice President: Chris Ferguson,

Secretary: Mary Anne Phillips, Treasurer: Paula Callihan,

Direstors: Wayne Stephenson and Gaye Pate ~ 417-208-9376