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Tri-Kappa Tour of Homes

Goebels to showcase
Greek Revival home

It will be among eight homes
featured on tour in Madison and Hanover

By Lela Jane Bradshaw
Contributing Writer

(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. “It’s a highlight for us,” says Crystal, who explains that the couple has previously enjoyed other historic Madison homes during Christmas and garden tours.

Tony and Crystal Goebel

Photo by Lela Jane Bradshaw

Tony and Crystal
Goebel pose at the
Goebel Law Office,
428 Jefferson St.,
Madison. The home
will be part of the
Tri-Kappa Tour
of Homes.

Upon their purchase of the house, built in 1860, they knew right away that it would be perfect for the Tri-Kappa tour. Tony’s 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 tour!”
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 year’s tour. Boone believes that it is important to note the impact that has on the community.
“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 for scholarships.”

Tri-Kappa Tour of Homes

Oct. 12-14 in Madison, Hanover, Ind.
• Tour Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday; noon - 5 p.m. Sunday

Tour Stops
• Goebel Law Office, Tony and Crystal Goebel, Jefferson St., Madison
• 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, Madison
• 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, 202 Broadway
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 Madison’s 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 it’s 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 Tony’s 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. It’s 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 Goebel’s 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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