Kappa Tour of Homes
Old City Hall,
Masonic building to be showcased
Kappa tour to run Oct. 10-12 in Madison
Lela Jane Bradshaw
(October 2008) I wonder what it looks like
This question is undoubtedly asked several times a day as residents
and visitors to Madison pass by restored homes lining the downtown streets.
Surely, houses so elegant and unusual on the outside must inspire their
owners to make the inside just as beautiful?
The Tri Kappa Tour of Homes will help satisfy the curiosity of those
who have wondered about the interiors of some of Madisons most
striking homes and buildings. And these buildings live up to their outer
Some of the homes are like museums and are so ornate, says
Publicity Chair Sherry Craig.
by Lela Jane Bradshaw
on the Tri Kappa Tour of
Homes will have the chance to see
preservation work in progress on
Old City Hall, damaged in the
2006 Elks Club Fire.
The Tri Kappa Tour of Homes started in 1950 as way to
raise funds for philanthropy projects. Taking place in even-numbered
years, the 2008 tour will run from Oct. 10-12 and will feature seven
historic Madison homes and buildings.
Among them will be two significant structures owned by Donn Vecchie-Campbell,
47, of Madison. She plans to open both the Masonic Hall and Old City
Hall to the public.
The tour will offer many visitors their first chance to see the third
floor of the Mason Hall, which for many years could only be viewed by
those associated with the Masons. Guests will have the opportunity to
learn more about the Masons and even see what was able to be saved of
the extensive murals that once decorated the Hall. While Vecchie-Campbell
had been involved with renovations before, the size and scope of work
done on the Masonic Hall was something new.
Its like another child to get to this point, she says
with a laugh.
In addition to the work progressing on Old City Hall, Vecchie-Campbell
is working on plans to renovate the former St. Annes School, located
at Broadway and Third streets, and a country house in Kent.
I have a fantastic crew of guys, and they stick with me. Thats
probably what makes it easy, she says of her continued involvement
in preservation efforts. Hills Historic Painting and Preservation worked
on both the Vecchie-Campbell properties that are a part of the tour.
Kappa Tour of Homes
Advance tickets are available through Oct. 9 online; at the
Madison Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, 601 W. First
St.; at River Valley Financial Bank (main Hilltop branch on Clifty
Drive); Main Source Bank (downtown); and at Something Simple and
The Attic, both on Main Street.
On tour weekend, tickets will be sold at Tour Headquarters,
Madison Presbyterian Church, 202 Broadway St
Tickets are $12.50 for adults in advance, $15 tour
weekend, with childrens prices available.
Call the Madison Area Convention and Visitors
After the 2006 Elks Club fire that damaged much of Old
City Hall, Vecchie-Campbell was approached about purchasing and restoring
the building. This year, those who take part in the Tri Kappa Tour of
Homes will see just how far the building has already come and get a
first glimpse of what the future holds.
Plans call for the first floor of Old City Hall to house two office
suites, and structurally the first floor of the 1879 building will remain
unchanged. The second floor is being finished as a dance studio with
a viewing area for parents to watch the progress of their budding young
stars. Renovations are expected to be completed in 2009 on Old City
Hall and the finished project might even be included on the 2010 Tri
Past tours have averaged about 1,300 guests who enjoy visiting a variety
of historic homes and buildings, Craig said. All of the money
we raise we give back to the community.
A Home Selection Committee draws up a list of houses for the tours and
often area homeowners will volunteer their own dream homes to be a part
of the event. When they approach us to do this, its exciting,
Hostesses work with the owners of the properties to learn the stories
behind the homes and furnishings. By sharing information on antique
furniture, color choices, and even ghost stories, the hostesses and
homeowners make the buildings come alive for visitors.
The 2006 tour raised approximately $12,000, which was provided to local
and in-state charities and used to fund several college scholarships
for area seniors.
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