Eight of Madison’s most beautiful and interesting homes will open their doors to visitors this weekend for the annual Tri Kappa Tour of Homes Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“It’s far more than just a tour of homes,” said Nadja Boone, who co-chairs the tour with Dr. Kelli Hertz and Katie Grill. “It’s really about growing and developing our community.”
That’s because all proceeds from the tour go to scholarships and local charities and beyond that, the tour provides even more economic benefit to the community.
“Every person that walks in one of our homes is also going to a restaurant to eat, or staying someplace here, or shopping in stores and little boutiques,” she said.
In addition, there have been many instances where the tour has helped visitors discover the community, see some of what there is to offer and want to be a part of that.
“It’s happened more than once, someone came on the tour, fell in love with Madison and moved here,” Boone said. “And then bought their own home and renovated it.”
This year’s Tour of Homes was supposed to take place last year, but was postponed due to COVID-19. That’s only served to build the anticipation for bopth the homeowners and patrons.
“We have beautiful historic homes, and many of these have been waiting awhile to show their homes,” she said, noting homes in this year’s tour were actually selected in 2019 in anticipation of the 2020 tour.
The Tour of Homes is typically held every other year in even years, and Boone said another Tour of Homes will be planned for next year to get the event back on schedule and keep it from conflicting with the Madison Main Street Loft Tour that happens on odd years including this year.
She said Tri Kappa checked with Madison Main Street before deciding to go ahead with a tour in 2021.
“I would never want to do anything to take away from them,” said Boone. “We would have never had our tour if I had not talked to them about it, but they were fine with it. This brings a lot of people into town. I think they were happy, the more the better.”
Boone said Tri Kappa will remain mindful of COVID-19 during this year’s tour so patrons should expect some restrictions.
“We are taking a few extra precautions. We are going to ask people to wear a mask inside the home,” she said, noting that hand sanitizer will also be provided.
At the same time, Boone said she thinks the Tour of Home is “a really safe event because people are out and about and walking,” with it essentially being an outdoor event in where people travel together in groups.
Homes on this year’s tour include:
Ohlendorf Home at 416 West Second Street — An Arts and Crafts Four-Square Home completed in 1907. Bill and Susan Ohlendorf purchased the home in 1988 and are the fourth owners. It has a clay tile roof in keeping with the style. The home displays the original staircase stained-glass window. There is quarter-sawn oak flooring and woodwork throughout the home.
Hanks Wade Home at 416 West Main Street — Owned by Glenna Hanks Wade, is an Italianate home built circa 1840 with a large addition to the home in 1860. It has a large 10-foot door that bridges several eras of architectural design. Original pine floors lead to an Italianate parlor that has 13-foot ceilings and 11-foot windows with tall shutters that fold completely into the window sills of the foot-thick walls.
Howard Home at 316 West Third Street — The Green Fountain Cottage was purchased in 2014 by Gregory and Shirley Howard, who did a complete remodel in 2015 with the original front door repurposed within the home. Boone said there were challenges in the renovation but it’s now “cute as can be” with artwork from the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art and décor from local antique shops.
Dr. William Hutchings Office and Museum at 120 West Third Street — This property, owned by Historic Madison Inc., continues the tradition of HMI including one of its properties on the tour. A rare, historic medical site where Dr. Hutchings practiced medicine until his death in 1903, the office is nearly identical to the day he closed the doors for the last time thanks to Lida Hutchings’ photos and the preservation of her father’s legacy.
McKee-Powell-White Home at 428 Mulberry Street — A federal-style home built by James McKee in 1832. Jerome and Belinda Vernon purchased the home in 2019 and began renovating to its original beauty. The unique house has three of the original brass chandeliers in the parlor, living room and dining room manufactured in France and brought by riverboat from New Orleans. The home is furnished with antiques from the early 19th to early 20th century.
Hizey House at 417 East Third Street — Owned by Stew and Kim Hizey, the home was built in the mid-1800s in the Camelback architectural style. It was recently remodeled with a freestanding fireplace as a cozy focal point.
River’s Edge-Historic Hunger House at 213 Jefferson Street — Owned by Phillip and Angela Lobb, the home is an Italianate inspired house which was first recorded for sale by the founder of Madison, John Paul in 1828. The home is also known as “The Hunger House” with Hunger family members residing there from 1903-1986. This home has a unique blend of historic character and contemporary comfort with floor-to-ceiling windows, an amazing staircase and hardwood flooring with modern kitchens and bathrooms.
The Row House at 315 Central Avenue — Owned by Tony and Hilary Steinhardt, the Federal style row house forms part of a significant block of row houses along Central Avenue. It has simple corbelled brick cornices and rectangular cut lintels. Most of the flooring is original pine. The sitting room includes the transitional Greek revival mantle with a stone hearth.
“All of our homes are absolutely lovely this year,” said Boone. “If you’re interested in historic homes or interested in renovations, you can get all kinds of ideas by going through and seeing how creative people have been. Love the old but bring in the new, so it’s a combination of different ways to take what’s here and maintain the historical properties yet make it so that it’s livable by today’s standards. It’s just really fun to see what people do.”
The Tri Kappa Tour of Homes is hosted by Madison’s active chapter, Beta Omega, that was installed March 26, 1921, and is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary, Tri Kappa is selling a 100th anniversary “Bridging the Century” 100th anniversary cookbook with more than 400 recipes contributed by members, family and friends. Tri Kappa has 40 members, and Boone said approximately 250 volunteers assist with the tour.
Tours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $8 for children and can be picked up or purchased at tour headquarters in Madison Presbyterian Church, 202 Broadway Street, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
While the Tri Kappa Tour of Homes invites tourists into Madison’s historic homes, the biannual Madison Main Street Loft Tour opens the upper stories of the city’s downtown storefronts to showcase the gems tucked away in those hidden spaces and places with perhaps unrealized potential.
“It’s about stimulating investment in downtown Madison,” said Valecia Crisafulli, past president of Madison Main Street. “Living in an upper story is so cool and desirable. It provides an urban feel to the community.”
This year’s Madison Main Street Loft Tour is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with seven sites on the tour.
Sites in this year’s tour include Mad Paddle Brewery at 301 West Street, Shipley’s Tavern at 322 West Street, The Madison Courier warehouse at 111 East Second Street, the Masonic Lodge Building at 217-219 East Main Street, the Stable Master’s Quarters at 310 Broadway Street, Suggett-Schmidt Building at 409 West Main Street and Plant One on Me at 845 West Main Street.
Crisafulli said the Loft Tour was launched in 2015 by Main Street Madison with one of the goals being to encourage more people to consider living in the upper stories of downtown Madison businesses.
“When someone is living in an upper story, they’re shopping in downtown and eating at the restaurants,” she noted.
Additionally, she said when people live in the upper floors of buildings, it eliminates what would have been empty space. When downtown Madison’s buildings were constructed, they were made for people to live above the storefronts.
“For property owners to rent all the floors is where it started,” Crisafulli said. And for building owners to utilize the upper stories, it makes best economic sense. “You’re not utilizing all your investment when you’ve got the upper floors uninhabited,” she said, noting that retail businesses typically don’t thrive when on the second floor, but the upper floors do work well as living spaces.
“It’s like a hip urban space” that is often seen in larger cities, she said. “Madison has the ability to replicate that.”
The building at 301 West Street that houses Mad Paddle Brewery began life as wholesale flour and feed dealer by Henry and Anna Heise in 1903, then Clarence D. Moreland sold whole produce there from 1914 until 1939. It was next owned by Vawter and Ruth Mathews Irwin, and operated as Irwin Feed Store from 1947 to 1980. The Joe Lampson family took over for the next 21 years, operating Lampson’s Feed Store from 1981 to 2000. From 2004-2018, the building served as the West Street Art Gallery. In 2018, Jerry Wade purchased the property, and reimagined it as a “brewstillery” which is now the Mad Paddle Brewery.
The building at 322 West St. has been Shipley’s Tavern since the 1940s and a tavern throughout its existence, first as the Cincinnati Saloon in 1867. It became Shipley’s Tavern after being purchased by John and Fannie Shipley, owners from 1944 to 1974. After it was sold, there have been various owners over the years including current owners John and Molly Jones, who acquired the property in 2020. The building has the second longest liquor license in Indiana.
The space at 111 East Second Street became The Madison Courier warehouse in the early 1970s but originally served as a livery stable for many years. It was listed in the 1859 city directory as McCubbin and Sons Livery. In the 1880s, it was the Fashion Livery run by W.C. Watt. Louis Eisenhardt was the last to use it as a livery stable until his death in 1935. Beginning in 1839, it was home to a bottling works business in which Red Rock Cola, Rose-Bud Root Beer, Lemon Soda, and other beverages were manufactured.
The Masonic Lodge Building at 217-219 East Main Street was erected in 1871, with a large lodge room on the third floor. The first floor was built as two commercial spaces with various businesses there until it began a long history of providing stationery, and school and office supplies. C.H. Rousch and Company located there from 1909 to 1947, and then it served many years as Steinhardt-Hanson. For the last couple of decades, the building has housed stores that have sold home decor and antiques.
The Stable Masters Quarters at 310 Broadway Street was built in 1860 and served as a livery stable for nearly 50 years. Since 1909, the building has had various uses including a car garage and Thompson’s Glass Dairy. The building, purchased in 2018 by Ronald and Suzanne Hollinger, has transformed the industrial space into two stylish apartments and have plans for a third loft apartment.
A trio of buildings at 407, 409 and 411 West Main Street date from roughly 1840, according to information from Madison Main Street which notes the loft site at 409 West Main served as various churches in its earliest years. Over the decades, it has had various other retails uses. In 2020 all three buildings were sold to Suggett-Schmidt Rental Properties Management. The new owners undertook an extensive façade rehabilitation and now have businesses downstairs and plan apartments upstairs.
The biannual event is a fund-raiser for Madison Main Street. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased online at www.madisonmainstreet.com or at Olde Tyme Marketplace, Scarlet Begonia, Mane Attractions Salon and Spa, The Derma Bar, and German American Bank on Clifty Drive. Tickets will also be sold the day of the event at the hospitality site at Mad Paddle Brewstillary.
An apparent steering problem and brake failure sent a vehicle out of control in downtown Madison Wednesday afternoon, traveling through Lamplighter Park and down an embankment almost into the Ohio River.
Madison Police Chief John Wallace said the accident is still under investigation by MPD Patrolman Cody Lewis, but initial reports are that steering locked up on an SUV driven by James Hon, 28, Bedford, Kentucky, at about 2:15 p.m. as he was traveling south on Poplar Street toward Vaughn Drive. When he was then unable to stop the vehicle, the SUV demolished two sections of the wrought iron fencing and one of the concrete and brick pillars at the park just west of the park gazebo.
The vehicle then crashed down the steep embankment toward the Ohio River before being stopped by a second barricade prior to entering the water.
Hon escaped injuries but a female passenger in the vehicle, Loriana Hon, sustained non-life threatening lacerations when she fell into the windshield. She was transported to King’s Daughters’ Hospital by the KDH Emergency Medical Services for observation. There were also six dogs riding inside the vehicle.
A Jefferson County man charged with possession of child pornography in July is now facing multiple counts of child molestation and sexual misconduct with a minor as part of an ongoing Indiana State Police-Internet Crimes Against Children Unit investigation.
Matthew D. Riddle, 35, Lexington, Indiana, was arrested in July after a three-month investigation following the arrest of Vic Weil, 74, Hanover. The ongoing investigation led to information that Riddle allegedly had sexual contact with multiple juvenile victims at his residence in Jefferson County over the previous six years.
The additional information was presented to the Jefferson County Prosecutors Office for review. As a result, a warrant was issued for Riddle on additional charges of Level 1 felony child molesting-six counts, Level 4 felony sexual misconduct with a minor-three counts and Level 5 felony sexual misconduct with a minor-two counts.
On July 12, a search warrant for Riddle’s residence was granted by the Jefferson County Circuit Court. The warrant, which permitted officers to search digital devices for child pornography, was served on July 13 and information collected and gained from the search and investigation led investigators to request an arrest warrant.
On July 21, investigators arrested Riddle on three counts of possession of child pornography, all Level 5 felonies, and two counts of possession of child pornography, all Level 6 felonies.
Riddle remains incarcerated at Jefferson County Jail on a combined $700,00 cash bond.
“Sometimes it’s the oddest little twists of fate that lead to the most rewarding directions in our lives,” says Rusty Hamilton, drummer and North Vernon resident who is now part of the new madESSENCE band that plays about once a month at Mad Paddle Brewery.
“I’d ridden my motorcycle down to Madison, just out for a nice Saturday ride, and I found myself grabbing a brew at Mad Paddle. As it happens, an old friend of mine, Deano Crafton, was setting up for a gig and suggested I hang around and listen.
“The gig was touring Nashville artist Rhonda Funk, who usually plays solo, but Mad Paddle had arranged a backing band for her to fill out the sound. Deano was going to play guitar, and I can’t remember who they had lined up for drums.
“But as it got close to show time, the drummer hadn’t shown up yet. And Deano said to me, Rusty, why don’t you sit in on drums? So I did, and I guess it went OK, because next thing I know I’m being asked to join the madESSENCE band here at Mad Paddle.”
The madESSENCE band is the brainchild of owner Jerry Wade, who does some of the vocal work for the band. Plus Joe Perkinson and Deano Crafton. The band will also host a range of featured vocalists to keep it fresh and support a wide range of song styles.
“But no sooner had I said yes to drumming for the band,” continues Rusty, “and they are telling me they also needed a bass player, and asking if I know anybody? Well right away my mind goes to Chris Klosterman. Me and Chris go all the way back to playing together in Jennings County Middle School.”
Chris picks up the story. “We had a band called High Risk, I still remember the name! We played in various bands all through high school before we went off to college. After college we had a good 20-year run playing with Shirley Bryant, who lived out in Commiskey. That was a great experience, lots of larger shows, not so much the bar scene.
“But then I got out of playing music for the last 15 years or so,” continues Chris. “The normal reasons, raising a family, work, all the rest. But then I get this call from Rusty about a new band in Madison.
“And I told him, I’m not sure if I want to get back into the full music scene every weekend, all that traveling and time away. And he tells me there’s no travelling, just at Mad Paddle, and it’s not every weekend, just once a month or so.
“Well, if you know Rusty, you know he can be pretty persuasive! And besides, I never dreamed I’d have another chance at age 50 to relive the great times we used to have when we were age 15. How could I say no? Besides, I just live 12 miles up the road these days in Dupont. It’s a perfect situation.”
When I asked Rusty and Chris their views on the burgeoning Madison music scene, they were both a little sheepish. Turns out neither of them have been coming to Madison that often lately, and are just now discovering Indiana’s Music City.
“I play with a band called Soul Street up in Indy,” says Rusty, “So I don’t get down this way much. I’m just learning what’s going on here. It’s a great little town, and we’re glad to be a part of the music scene now.”
Hot Tip of the Week
Etta James. Koko Taylor, Mavis Staples, Nina Simone. These are just a few of the great soul voices that will be channeled by the Lady Joya Band at Mad Paddle on Saturday night. Lady Joya delivers R&B favorites with the style and sizzle that took her to Memphis, representing the Cincinnati Blues Society in 2013. But you don’t have to travel anywhere, because you live in Indiana’s Music City! All the greatest acts come to us. Another show of note this weekend is Rusty Bladen at Stream Cliff Farm on Sunday. This is the second to last of these warm-weather Sunday shows, so if you haven’t been out there to enjoy a relaxing afternoon, this is your chance.
Charlie Rohlfing is a retired advertising man and partner in The Red Bicycle Hall music venue. Look for his distinctive fedora bobbing above the crowd, anywhere live local music is happening.
This Week in Music
The Broadway Hotel — Leah Pruett
Central Hotel — Jordan Tyler
Off Broadway Taproom — Vaguely Familiar
Mad Paddle — Tracy & Elaine
Acree Alley — Golden Shoals
Riverboat Inn — Joe & Deano
Lytle Park — Live Lunch (11:30 a.m.)
Vevay Oktoberfest — Ludlow Trio
Central Hotel — Bee Camp Bottom Boys
Thomas Family Winery — Derby City Dandies
Riverboat Inn — Joe & Deano
Lighthouse — Falls City Boys
Mad Paddle — Lady Joya Band
VFW — Lickity Split (open to public)
Vevay Cuzz’s Bar — All day Jamfest
Stream Cliff Farm — Rusty Bladen (1-4 p.m.)
Crafted Coffee — Open Mic Night
Off-Broadway Taproom — Open Mic Night