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The Mid-Town Neighborhood Association announces the fifteenth annual Victorian Christmas Homes Tour to be held Friday, December 1, from 5 – 9pm, and Saturday, December 2, 2006, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. This homes tour is the only time of the year that private historic homes in the Mid-Town National Register Historic District are open to the public.

The 2006 tour will feature five private turn-of-the-century homes and Sacred Heart Church, all located in the historic district and decorated for the season. Shuttle service is provided FREE to all homes on the tour and begins at Historic Washington Avenue Baptist Church, (directly across the street from Drury’s School of Architecture.) Free parking is provided at the church. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 per person at various locations (listed in bottom of release,) or $12 the day of the tour.

Mid-Town Neighborhood is located north of the Central Business District and south of the Commercial Street Historic District. It is a unique center city neighborhood and still is primarily residential. A large part of this Urban Conservation District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 13, 1989, and the majority of properties are one to two-story balloon frame houses built in high style and vernacular designs of the Victorian period.

Associated with these houses are a large collection of early 20th century stables, garages and other outbuildings. While many residences have had alterations such as artificial siding and replacement porch posts, the original design and form of these residences remain intact. Street and sidewalk patterns have remained constant and shade trees planted at the turn-of-the-century are dominant features. A few sections of original brick sidewalks laid in a herringbone pattern are found throughout the district. Ten carriage steps and hitching posts of stone or concrete construction still remain.

In addition to beautiful Victorian era homes, significant buildings in the neighborhood include Springfield Mid-Town Carnegie Branch Library, Historic City Hall, eight buildings on the Drury University Campus, and historic public schools. Visitors will be pleased to see that these homes and structures retain their architectural integrity of site and construction in 2006.

Advance tickets may be purchased beginning mid November at Maschinos, 1715 S. Campbell, The Medicine Shoppe, 811 E. Division Street, Urban Neighborhood Alliance (UNA) office downtown at 304 W. McDaniel, Nancy Rose Inc. 2716 S. Glenstone and at Sunshine Lanes, Enterprise Park Lanes and Holiday Lanes Bowling.

2006 Victorian Christmas Homes Tour


• Scott & Connie Petrich 1127 N. Benton
• Bob Horton 430 E. Locust
• Krystal Drysdale 424 E. Locust
• Herb & Janet Dankert 1505 N. Jefferson
• Phyllis Holzenberg 1605 N. Jefferson
• Sacred Heart Church 1609 N. Summit