This working-class Craftsman Bungalow was first constructed by Oscar Mindrup


The home was rented to a family. 


Lela Rogers rented this house and Virginia McMath (later known as Ginger Rogers) was born in the home and lived here with her mother for the first several years of her life.

The first Ginger Rogers Day was held in 1964, and was initiated by President Harry Truman. 

​The home was added to the historic register in Independence, Missouri on Ginger's birthday July 16. She was present for this event.


The home was purchased by Gene and Marge Padgitt with Three Trails Cottages, LLC.

​Restoration began.


The interior restoration was completed and the exterior painted. The exterior work and landscaping will be completed in 2019.

Home of Lela Rogers and Birthplace of Virginia Katherine McMath

(stage name- Ginger Rogers)

Independence, Missouri

The Ginger House Museum

​We've repaired the structural issues with the house and restored the interior to as close to the original time period as possible, trying to keep this example of a Craftsman Bungalow intact. All of the woodwork inside and out is original, as are the windows, most of the doors and door fixtures, the claw-foot tub, and corner bathroom sink. Everything else was replaced with period appropriate materials. What is not visible is all new electrical wiring and plumbing, as well as new floor joists and underlayment. The kitchen appliances are new 1940s style GE brand. The house received a fresh coat of paint in July of 2018. Note: the old yellow color was not original to the house - it was painted that color in the 1970s. We painted it a heritage cream color with white trim, which is close to the original colors. Period furniture has been placed throughout. This is a classic example of a working class Craftsman Bungalow. 

The work so far has taken 2 1/2 years to complete. Our next steps are to install a new roof, remove dangerous trees, install fences, sidewalks, new imprinted paver bricks, and install new landscaping to enhance the home. 

For the decor we have placed period antique furniture throughout, as well as period light fixtures in order to provide visitors with an idea of what life was like in the early 1910s. An ornate antique wood stove is placed where the original wood stove was located next to the chimney behind the wall. Note that gas was likely used for lighting originally, but we opted for safer electric lighting.

100 W. Moore Street, Independence, Missouri

Historic Landmark Property

Located just a few blocks from the Harry S Truman Library and Museum, and the Vaile Mansion.
Designated as an Historic Landmark by the City of Independence in 1994.