Tri-Kappa Tour of Homes
Greek Revival home
will be among eight homes
on tour in Madison and Hanover
Lela Jane Bradshaw
(October 2012) Tony and Crystal Goebel say having
their house on the Tri-Kappa Tour of Homes means getting to see one
of their favorite Madison traditions from a new perspective. Its
a highlight for us, says Crystal, who explains that the couple
has previously enjoyed other historic Madison homes during Christmas
and garden tours.
by Lela Jane Bradshaw
Goebel pose at the
Goebel Law Office,
428 Jefferson St.,
Madison. The home
will be part of the
Upon their purchase of the house, built in 1860, they
knew right away that it would be perfect for the Tri-Kappa tour. Tonys
sister, Jill Miers, who has been involved with Tri-Kappa since 1992,
explains that the organization had been wanting to include the property
as part of the event for years. So when the Goebels bought the house,
her immediate reaction was, Oh, we would love to have that on
The Tri-Kappa Tour of Homes started in 1950 as way to raise funds for
philanthropy projects. Taking place in even-numbered years, the 2012
tour will run from Oct. 12-14 and will feature eight historic homes
in Madison and Hanover.
Nadja Boone, who serves as Tour Chair along with Marta Belt and Chris
Wilcox, explains that, The mission of Tri-Kappa is to bring women
into a close unselfish relationship for the promotion of charity, culture
and education. The tours allow the organization to raise money
that will be used to fund area scholarships, while allowing the community
to learn more about the history and architecture of the area.
Tri-Kappa members hope to welcome 1,300 people on this years tour.
Boone believes that it is important to note the impact that has on the
Every one of the people coming in from out of town for the tour
will eat in our restaurants, possibly stay in our hotels and, better
yet, come back to Madison for more events and fun at a later date. In
other words, we want them to fall in love with Madison. What a wonderful
donation we are all giving the community and earning money
Tour of Homes
12-14 in Madison, Hanover, Ind.
Tour Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday; noon
- 5 p.m. Sunday
Goebel Law Office, Tony and Crystal Goebel, Jefferson St.,
Gray House, Mike and Lisa Gray, Second Street, Madison
Kiffmeyer House, Barbara Kiffmeyer, Riverview Road, Hanover
Lynch House, Andy and Amber Lynch, Walnut Street, Madison
Michl House, Leon and Gerry Michl, Shamrock Lane, Madison
Pittman House, Michael and Linda Pittman, Elm Street, Madison
Reckner House, Rick Reckner, Main Street, Madison
Shrewsbury-Windle House, Historic Madison Inc., First Street,
Advance Tickets: $12.50 adults in advance; $5 children
ages 5-10. Under 5 free. Tour Weekend Tickets: $15 adults, $6
children. Available at the Lanier-Madison Visitors Center or on
tour days at tour headquarters at Madison Prebysterian Church,
Information: 1-800- 559-2956
She continues, saying, I think one of the most wonderful
drawing points for people to visit Madison is our Historic District
and all the wonderful homes in and around Madison. There is so much
history here, and I think people love to see what others who live in
the area have done to preserve and enhance our past.
The Goebel House serves as a glimpse into a moment in Madisons
history immediately before the Civil War. Tony Goebel reflects that
had construction on the building started just months later, the building
would what looked very different indeed. He wonders whether the period
of unrest would have discouraged the owner from building such an elaborate
house during a war.
The home was built just as housing styles were transitioning in Madison
from Greek Revival to Italianate for Rolla Doolittle, who served as
the owner and editor of the paper that would come to be The Madison
Courier and who was appointed postmaster of Madison by President James
Polk. The interior of the home features the Greek Revival attention
to balance and also some interesting optical illusions that add to the
sense of depth and spaciousness. The woodwork around a doorway tapers
to draw the eye and windows are set at slightly different heights in
order to make rooms seem even longer. The exterior of the house includes
the Italianate details that would soon prove popular throughout Madison.
The Goebels agree that the sense of history in the home was strongly
appealing. You walk through the doors and its like walking
back in time, Crystal reflects. The home includes antiques collected
by both the previous owners and the Goebels themselves. One special
room, which they refer to as the Francisco room, includes oak furniture
owned by Tonys ancestors who lived in Madison at the same time
that the Goebels house was being built.
The tour offers visitors a chance to enjoy the attention that the owners
have put into their houses and to learn more about the stories behind
their families. Miers, who serves with Christie Shultz as head hostess,
explains that many guests enjoy the chance to gain inspiration for decorating
their own homes. She finds that the tours of older home are particularly
good for offering visitors ways to discover new and creative ways to
utilize small spaces.
Boone agrees, saying, I see something new every time I go in the
homes. Its a wonderful way to get good decorating and remodeling
ideas, while maintaining the integrity of the Historic District.
Today, the Goebel House serves as the Madison branch of Tony Goebels
law practice and a weekend home for the couple. They anticipate transitioning
to Madison on a more permanent basis in the future. Right now, the couple
is looking forward to putting their own stamp on courtyard garden, creating
a lovely space to share with others with he addition of an herb garden
and koi pond.
Says Crystal, We want to make it a wonderful place for people
to walk through.
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