Tour of Homes
house will give its visitors
a unique view of downtown living
Michella M. Marino
(October 2006) Not many people can boast of
having a full-size gymnasium in their house, a garage the size of a
small grocery store, or the main offices to their family-run business
less than 15 feet from their front door. Phillip and Joan Hall of 416
Jefferson St., in Madison can, but they most certainly would not because
theyre not that type of people.
by Don Ward
and Joan Hall live in
the former Armory, which contains
a full-size gymnasium.
What they do admit to is having a wonderful setup that
allows them to see their children and grandchildren almost everyday.
The Halls, whose home will be one of eight houses featured on this months
Tri-Kappa Tour of Homes, purchased the building in 2000. They have resided
in Madison since 1971 but usually spent their winters and sometimes
even whole years in Arizona or Florida. However, the couple
sold all their out of state properties a year and a half ago to remain
close to their family in Madison.
Their establishment is the former National Guard Armory that had sat
unoccupied for 30 years until they purchased it. The building was constructed
in 1920 with the gymnasium and garage-storage area in the back being
added on later the same decade. The old Armory building shifted hands
over the years from the state to the city to the county to finally the
River Valley Financial Bank.
Everybody wanted to do something with it, but no one ever did,
By the time the property became the Halls, it was in pretty bad
shape. There were holes in the ceiling and pigeon droppings littering
the gym floor.
and Lora Belue, 417 W. Main St.
on the Tour
Don and Patricia Coleman-Vecchie, 714 W. Second St.
Brian and Stacey Fitzpatrick, 204 W. Third St.
Phillip and Joan Hall, 416 Jefferson St.
Dorothy Jones, 413 W. Main St.
Paul and Holly Robinson, 614 W. Main St.
Bob and Pam Schoenstein, 523 Walnut St.
Sally Wurtz, 508 Jefferson St.
Advanced Tickets: $12 adults, $5 (ages 2-10). Must purchase
before Oct. 13, either via mail or at the Madison Area Convention
and Visitors Bureau, 601 W. First St. Day of tour: $15 adults, $6
Information: 1-800-559-2956 or (812) 265-2956.
The building has been extensively renovated by the Halls
and their family. They have made it into what Phillip Hall describes
as a livable, functionable and usable space. The Halls put
a new roof on the building, redid the gymnasium floor and the stairway
leading up to it, constructed beautiful cabinetry, replaced the old
windows, retiled the floors and added the classy green canopies to the
street side of the building, to name some of the changes.
The building belongs to PCM Properties Inc., which is
the corporation Phillip Hall owns with his two sons. PCM Properties
owns a number of laundromats in Indiana and Kentucky along with various
real estate ventures.
The Halls live in one section of the enormous building that has been
transformed into an elaborate yet homey apartment. Joan Halls
favorite room is the living room with its original brick walls, but
also the kitchen that was created when they renovated the building.
Undoubtedly, the gymnasium is a neat aspect of their home, but they
are not the only ones who benefit from it. The Halls grandchildren
attend Pope John and Shawe Memorial Catholic schools, and the Halls
allow the private school system to use their gym at their own leisure
for their sports programs since gym space is limited at the school.
The Halls said the gym is used for basketball, volleyball
and cheerleading practice, along with weight lifting. It is common for
the two to walk through their garage and hear the sound of dribbling
basketballs overhead. They are glad to share the use of their facilities
with the school, and its another way for them to see their athletic
grandkids more often.
by Michella Marino
Halls house on Jefferson Street
has abundant space, including
this sitting area in the den.
The lobby, apartment and gym doors of the Halls
home will be open to the Tri-Kappa Tour of Homes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14; and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Oct.
15. The Shoenstein, Wurtz, Belue, Coleman-Vecchie, Fitzpatrick, Jones
and Robinson homes will also be featured on the tour.
Sherry Craig, Tri Kappa sororitys publicity chair, explained that
a selection committee consisting of eight member looks at various local
homes to choose neat and interesting ones for the tour. The committee
generally tries to pick houses that have not been featured previously,
so tour-goers arent seeing the same homes repeatedly.
According to their website, the Beta Omega chapter of the Tri Kappa
organization has been an active chapter since 1921. Craig said the Tour
of Homes is the oldest program that the local chapter is still involved
with and according to their research, dates back to the 1950s. The original
purpose for the biennial tour was the same a half century ago as it
is today: to raise money for local scholarships and their philanthropies.
The tour generally grosses $20,000, and 80 percent of the money goes
to scholarships provided to 10-15 high school seniors. The other 20
percent to 30 percent is donated to various charities.
To purchase tour tickets, call the Madison
Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-559-2956 or (812) 265-2956
or visit Tri Kappas website at: www.trikappatourofhomes.com.
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