Before Christmas Candlelight Tour
featured on holiday home tour
house belonged to
the late Mary Louise Greiner
(November 2010) The Nights Before Christmas
Candlelight Tour of Homes enters its 29th year with a new selection
of interesting and varied homes in Madison. This years tour offers
four public sites, five private homes and one church.
One new featured stop on the tour will be the Greiner House, on 113
E. Third St. It was the home of Mary Louise Greiner, philanthropist
to Hanover Colleges art program. She died last April.
by Laura Goodwin
Greiner Home at 113 E. Third St.
in Madison was left to Hanover College
when the owner died last April.
This home has quite a diverse and rich past. It was built
in the 1830s and started out its life as a Radical Methodist Church.
It features the Greek Revival style of architecture. It was later the
temporary site of Madison High School.
In 1868, the building was again outfitted as the home of religious services,
becoming the Adath Jewish Synagogue. Much later on, it housed repair
trucks and served as storage for a local telephone company. It has also
housed a business or two, before becoming a family dwelling.
It was remodeled in 1998 to become a home to a single family, although
the upstairs has been used as a caretakers compartment. It was
the final home of Greiner, who left it to Hanover College upon her passing.
Every year the Christmas tour features different homes and locations.
Marci Jones, group tour coordinator for the Madison Area Convention
and Visitors Bureau, said that homes are brought to their attention
as potential candidates for the tour in different ways.
Sometimes, homeowners will call and ask to be a part of the tour,
but this is rare. I usually find them by word of mouth or by walking
or driving around and finding houses. Then I contact the homeowner to
see if they are interested, Jones said.
She said she was approached twice earlier this year, concerning featuring
the Greiner home. I had no idea that it was available. We asked
and Hanover allowed us to add it to the tour.
Nov. 26-27 and Dec. 3-4. 5-9 Fridays; 3-9 Saturdays.
Private homes on the tour: Greiner Home (owned by
Hanover College), 113 W. Third St.; Schoenstein Home, 523 Walnut
St.; Lappie Home, 314 Poplar St.; Crawford-Whitehead-Ross Home,
510 W. Main St.; Lieberman Home, 421 W. Second St.
Tickets: $12.50 adults through Nov. 12, then $15;
$5 children ages 5-15. Under age 5 free.
Information: (812) 265-2956 or 1-800-559-2956 or
Tour goers will see the homes artist studio and
24-foot ceilings, adorned with holiday decorations. Deb Whistler, associate
professor of art for Hanover College, said her department plans to showcase
student art in the home during the tour.
Greiner, an avid patron to the arts, also left several endowments and
awards to Hanover College. According to Whistler, one award allows them
to purchase art for the campus Greiner Art Gallery, while another endowment
allows for yearly trips for selected art students, in order to view
exhibitions in major cities.
This year we are going to Chicago to view the Chicago Art Institute.
We will also take in the Robie Residence, which is a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed
home, she said. This years student trip will take place
Jones said this years tour will include a new event, the Nights
Before Christmas Great Cookie Caper. All proceeds will benefit
this years Lide White Boys and Girls Club Christmas shopping trip.
The event will be held at the Lanier-Madison Visitors Center,
601 W. First St. Dates and times of the sale are Nov. 26-27 and Dec.
3-4 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The sale is first come, first serve and will
end if baked goods sell out. Sweets will be available in three different
size containers for purchase. Individual cookies will also be available.
The Visitors Center staff is currently asking for local individuals
to donate homemade cookies and sweets to the sale, since
many donations will be needed. Those wishing to donate baked goods should
contact the Lide White Boys and Girls Club directly at (812) 265-5811.
This is a great opportunity for churches, clubs, organizations
and individuals to help the club raise funds for this worthy cause,
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