Tri-Kappa Tour of Homes
Tri-Kappa Tour of Homes
to feature eight residences
Owner Wade had her eye on buying Niddy Noddy Inn
Tri-Kappa Tour of Homes
• 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2
• Sponsored by Tri-Kappa - Beta Omega Chapter
• Tickets $18 for adults; $7 for children. Available at Tour Headquarters, Madison Presbyterian Church, 202 Broadway St., Madison, Ind.
• Information: 1-800-559-2956 or visit: www.trikappatourofhomes.com
• Niddy Noddy Inn, 602 W. Second St. Owner Glenna Hanks Wade. Hostesses: Shannon Dattilo and Lori Slygh
• Hertz Home, 412 W. First St. Owner Dee Hertz. Hostesses: Jacqueline Overpeck, Jane Durst and Kelli Hertz
• Holstein Home (previously known as the Shuh Home), 718 W. Main St. Owner Ruth Donohugh. Hostesses: Nadja Boone and Maureen Staicer
• Frances Costigan House Museum, 408 W. Third St. Owner Historic Madison Inc. Hostesses: John Staicer and Rhonda Deeg
• Kelley Home, 633 Broadway St. Owner Julie Brown. Hostesses: Marta Belt and Becky Anderson
• Poplar Place Studios, 409 Poplar St. Owners Janie and Ryan Mahoney. Hostesses: Hilary Bear and Shelley Brown
• Hizey Home, 215 East St. Owner Stew Hizey. Hostesses: Victoria Shirley and Chris Wilcox
• 2 Sisters Bed & Breakfast, 618 E. Second St. Owners Madonna Wilson and Mary Frasier. Hostess Tanya Besse
• Tour Headquarters, Madison Presbysterian Church, 202 Broadway St.
(October 2016) – A Madison, Ind., tradition since the early 1950s, the Tri Kappa Tour of Homes returns at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Visitors will have the chance to tour eight private homes, an opportunity that occurs only every other year.
Tri Kappa past president Nadja Boone has accepted the responsibility of chairing the tour two times in the past. This year, she and co-chair Jill Mires have shared the large undertaking, which involves more than 200 volunteers and countless hours of preparation.
“This event is about so much more than the wonderful homes being highlighted,” Boone said. “The tour brings more than 1,500 visitors to Madison and highlights the beautiful architecture, which makes Madison so unique.”
All eight homes featured on the tour are located within the 131 blocks listed on the National Register of Historic Places and represent examples of Federal, Georgian, Regency and Classical Revival architecture.
One of the homes on the tour this year will be the Niddy Noddy Inn, 602 W. Second St. Owned since 2014 by Glenna Hanks Wade, a lover of textiles and an experienced spinner, the Niddy Noddy Inn is named after a tool used from 1750 to 1850 to measure yarn from the spinning wheel to a skein. By counting the number of wraps for the skein and measuring the length of one wrap, the approximate yardage could be calculated.
Retired from the Purdue University Cooperative Extension program, Wade was driving home from lunch with friends when she passed the house on West Second Street and noticed the “For Sale” sign. To the surprise of the others in the car, she made a U-turn in the middle of the street and announced to them, “I’m going to buy that house.”
Photo by Don Ward
Glenna Hanks Wade has turned this home into Niddy Noddy Inn.
Intrigued with the house from that moment on, and after months of negotiations with the owner, Wade signed the purchase agreement paperwork while vacationing in Florida.
“I had not even stepped one foot inside the house. I had looked in windows and seen photos of the interior, but basically I made the purchase sight unseen,” she said.
The house was built in 1839 by craftsmen who trained under prominent Madison architect, Francis Costigan. This “shotgun” house is Gothic Revival with an Italianate side entry.
Many features are the same as other Costigan buildings, including front window eyebrows that match those on the Hendricks-Beall house on Main Street, and interior parlor woodwork like that in the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site.
Originally built as a display building for the Vail Cabinet Co., the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes.
“The house had good bones and had been well cared for, but the décor did not match with my vision,” Wade said. Extensive renovations both inside and outside the house were completed to turn the former three-room home in to the Inn. The house now features two bedrooms, a kitchen with an eating nook, a parlor with an antique spinning wheel, the original vintage shop door bell, a collection of Courtly Check Enamel dishes designed by Madison native Victoria MacKenzie-Childs, a sunroom and an extra-large, bricked, private courtyard with fire pit.
Photo by Madonna Wilson
Glenna Hanks Wade poses inside the breakfast nook at her Niddy Noddy Inn at 602 W. Second St., in Madison.
Other homes featured on the tour included the Hertz Home, 412 W. First St. owned by Dee Hertz (hostesses are Jacqueline Overpeck, Jane Durst and Kelli Hertz); the Holstein Home (previously known as the Shuh Home) at 718 W. Main St. and owned by Ruth Donohugh (hostesses are Nadja Boone and Maureen Staicer); the Frances Costigan House Museum, 408 W. Third St. and owned by Historic Madison Inc. (hosts are John Staicer and Rhonda Deeg); the Kelley Home, 633 Broadway St. and owned by Julie Brown (hostesses are Marta Belt and Becky Anderson); the Poplar Place Studios, 409 Poplar St. and owned by Janie and Ryan Mahoney (hostesses are Hilary Bear and Shelley Brown); the Hizey Home, 215 East St. and owned by Stew Hizey (hostesses are Victoria Shirley and Chris Wilcox), and the 2 Sisters B&B, 618 E. Second St. and owned by Madonna Wilson and Mary Frasier (hostess is Tanya Besse). Shannon Dattilo and Lori Slygh will serve as hostesses at the Niddy Noddy Inn.
In addition to the Tour of Homes, Tri Kappa locally sponsors the Chick Flick dinner, movie and silent auction and the annual holiday chocolates and nut sales. Since 1970, the Beta Omega chapter has awarded more than $160,000 in academic and vocational scholarships to graduates of the three local high schools.
The tour is self-guided, so participants can proceed at their own pace by spreading the house tours throughout the weekend. But participants may visit each house only once.
Each home along the tour will have docents assisting visitors and providing special details on the art, architecture and décor that make each residence unique.
Tri Kappa is an Indiana organization for women with the goal of promoting scholarships, culture and charity. On the local level, Madison’s active chapter (Beta Omega) installed March 26, 1921, has 36 members.
“All dollars raised from the Tour of Homes, and our other fund raising activities, go back to the community in the form of scholarships and support of charitable causes, “ said Laurie Livorno president of the local chapter.
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