A very special home tour featuring homes built by an influential Springfield builder is coming to Springfield! It will also benefit a historic Springfield landmark. Local organization Friends of Maple Park Gazebo is hosting a tour of homes designed and built by renowned Springfield builder Carl Bissman to raise support for the restoration of the Maple Park Gazebo in Maple Park Cemetery.
A man of many talents, Bissman was an inventor, furniture manufacturer, and businessman in addition to a being a skilled home builder. He built nearly 300 Springfield homes during his 14-year career. His furniture designs were very popular, many of them specifically designed for the homes he built, and are still highly sought after today.
“Bissman’s success is related to his time in Springfield during a period of rapid growth and modernization, allowing for residents to afford homes and furnishings of such high quality,” said Paden Chambers, Springfield architect and Bissman Home Tour guest lecturer. “This, coupled with Bissman’s complete control of the construction process and his hiring of skilled artisans and designers, allowed him to discern himself from similar local contractors.”
The Bissman Home Tour will kick off Friday, June 2, with a lecture titled “Bissman’s Springfield” presented by local architect Paden Chambers followed by a V.I.P. reception at the Fisk Bissman Home, a particularly beautiful home built by Bissman in 1933.
Events continue Saturday and Sunday, June 3 & 4, with the Bissman Home Tour showcasing five of Bissman’s homes in the Roundtree and University Heights neighborhoods–many of them restored to their original design.
Proceeds will be utilized for the preservation of the Historic Maple Park Gazebo.
Presented by Paden Chambers, Assoc. AIA
Friday, June 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Springfield Art Museum, 1111 Brookside Drive.
Fisk Bissman Home, 1535 E. Meadowmere
Following the lecture there will be a reception. Reservations must be made in advance by calling Jan Fisk at 417-862-2900. The admission is $100 and limited to 50 attendees.
Saturday and Sunday, June 3 & 4, 1-4 p.m.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the tour. Tickets can be purchased online at maplepark.eventbrite.com or at the following locations: The Thicket, Wickman’s, Maschino’s, Fisk Limo, Grove Pharmacies, The Travel Group, and the Maple Park Cemetery office. On the day of the tour, tickets can only be purchased at the Maple Park Cemetery office.