2019 Home for the Holidays…in Joplin

Step back in time for a glimpse into turn-of-the-century Joplin with a Holiday Homes Tour of nine private historic homes. Home For The Holidays…in Joplin event was presented by Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc.,.  Our mission was to show how historic homes can be adapted to live in the modern world. 

This event was funded in part by Visit Joplin. Many thanks to our partners, North Heights Historic Neighborhood, Historic Downtowm and Unity of Joplin. These events could not be possible without our most valued volunteers and homeowners.  

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


603 North Pearl Avenue
North Heights
Richardson House


4TH Street Lofts-R&S Chevrolet Building


North Heights Neighborhood


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.

Julius Fischer House

Julius Fischer House

Charles G. Henderson House

518 South Sergeant  Circa ~ 1917 ~ Colonial Revival ~ Murphysburg  Originally from Indiana, Charles Henderson became president of the S. C. Henderson Wholesale Grocery Company in Joplin.  Charles was also associated in mining ventures, was a director of the Joplin...

Frye/BaSom House

The Frye/BaSom House

James I. Geddes House

Geddes House and Air b&B

Nestled in the heart of Joplin Missouri you can find historict neighborhoods that transports visitors back in time to a bygone era. An era when the clip-clop of horse hooves on the streets and friendly laughter from shady porches were familiar sounds.

These historic districts were home to Joplin’s wealthiest and most influential citizens during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Eastern capitalists and miners who had made millions from their discoveries built impressive homes in the residential neighborhood bordering the downtown area.

In recent years, residents have invested countless hours and money into the impressive structures that line the streets of the district and restored them to their former glory.

Within walking distance, you will find Colonial-Revival, Queen Anne, Romanesque, Arts and Crafts, Dutch Colonial, Classic Four Square and Prairie style houses.  While strolling down the tree-lined sidewalks, you will discover that the homes feature architectural elements that give each place its own unique character. Many of the homes boast original wrought-iron, grand staircases, ornamental plasterwork, stained glass windows, fireplace mantels and decorative woodwork. In addition to the collection of residences, the district area includes some of Joplin’s most beautiful churches and a luxury apartment buildings.

                                                                                             2017 Home for the Holidays…in Murphysburg  

Historic Murphysburg is not just a national historic district.  We are a vibrant urban mixed use community blending residential neighborhoods with urban amenities and services.

We could be described as simply walkable live/work/play environments that encourages pedestrian activity.

Our district affords social interaction, communication, economic activity, we encourage social, economic, and land use diversity; As well as offering access to goods, services, park and comfortably complete the destination trips on foot.

 We have remained viable despite the onslaught of highway-oriented suburban development and urban renewal for over the past 60 years.

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.

First United Methodist Church

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 501 West Fourth First United Methodist Church has been part of the fabric of the community that bears his name since the Reverend Harris G. Joplin, a Methodist circuit rider, made his way to the edge of the frontier back in the 1830’s and...

Frank Childress House

302 South Sergeant  ~ Circa 1922 ~ Craftsman ~ Architectual details ~ Art glassFrank Childress made his fortune in the mining business in the area as the owner of Lead and Zinc Mining Company.  His legacy lives on with the Frank Childress Boy Scout Reservation,...

The Henry Weymann House

508 South Sergeant Avenue Circa 1891 ~ Queen Anne Architect W. B. Rees Henry’s wife, Matilda planned the design of the house Portions of Mr. Weymann’s Death Notice: To the Fatherland (Germany) is Joplin indebted for one of her representative citizens, Henry...

The Simon Schwartz House

420 South Byers Avenue Circa 1890 ~ Queen Anne C. W. Kellogg, Architect Built by Joplin dry goods merchant Simon Schwartz, the house was one of the most elaborate in the area featuring a different type of wood in every room. The main house has asymmetrical...

Frederick Wilber House

Wilson Hutton District 117 North Moffet Avenue Circa 1906 ~ American Foursquare Craftsman Frederick and Fannie Wilbur were the first owners of this house that is technically located in the Wilson- Hutton residential district just three doors north of the...

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...