From LIFE Magazine 1942
We are currently in the process of doing extensive repairs to the interior of the home including repair of all four of the stone foundation exterior walls and one interior wall, replacement of broken floor joists, leveling of floors, repair to the plaster walls, added insulation, put in new ceilings, instalned new old style kitchen cabinets and appliances, fixtures, painting, and more. The chimney was missing and has been rebuilt to the original design. Fortunately, we were able to save all of the original woodwork, the original cast iron claw-foot tub, and corner bathroom sink, The sink had to be restored by professionals. The kitchen is nearing completion and the floors will go in next.
We still need to replace the front door with a period door, rebuild the front porch, repair the pillars, install new brick sidewalks, install a driveway and parking, install a privacy fence, install a front and side fence, and do landscaping. A surveyor must be hired, a landscape architect must be hired, and all work to the exterior must be approved by the Independence Heritage Commission.
You can Help
We are currently looking for antique furniture for the home. If you have something to gift to the home, we would greatly appreciate it! Please note, that currently contributions are not tax deductible, however, but contibutors names will be displayed somewhere on the property in recognition of your generous gift. Displaying of your name may include any of the following or something similar: personalized paver bricks, inclusion on plaques, framed list of contributors, name plates, etc.
We have applied for 501c3 status as a tax exempt non-profit organization. The organization name is The Local Historic Preservation Society (LHPS). After approval, donations will be tax-deductible.
Buy a Brick - Preserve the Ginger House
We have an ongoing campaign to afford people the opportunity to help us restore and maintain the integrity of the property and open it to the public. In exchange for your contribution, a paver brick (or more) engraved with your name, will be placed on the property. Please see our Objectives page or Contribution Page for more information.
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Birthplace of Ginger Rogers
From a LIFE Magazine article in 1942 - Ginger sitting on the front porch.
The Ginger House Presentation
A history of the house and future plans. We will present this fascinating story, including how it was that Ginger was born in this house, at your local meeting or event in the greater Kansas City area. Please visit the presentations page for more information.
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Feel free to drive by the house anytime and take photos of the exterior. No tours of the interior until it is open to the public.
This home, the birthplace of Ginger Rogers, where she lived with her mother until about age four, was added to the historic register in Independence, Missouri on Ginger's birthday July 16, 1994. Ginger Rogers was present for the celebrated "Ginger Rogers Day" Festival which included a parade, a film festival at the Englewood Theater, and book signing by Ginger for hours.
Open to private groups Nov. 1, 2017
Open to the public April 1, 2018
100 W. Moore Street, Independence, MO
Located in the Harry S Truman Historic Landmark District
Designated as an Historic Landmark by the City of Independence in 1993