The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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November 14, 2010

Rippling Rafters house in Redings Mill gets new roof

JOPLIN, Mo. — A couple of weeks ago, Steven Bodily got a call from a friend who is an architect in Moscow, Idaho. He asked Bodily, a roofing specialist, what he was doing.

Bodily told him he was working on one of the most challenging roofs of his career. He told his friend to search for Mickey Muennig’s landmark Foulke House on his computer.

“His reaction was: ‘Oh my God, you have got to be kidding. I have never seen anything like that before,’” said Bodily.

Neither had Bodily until he got a call from the owner of the Foulke House, who was looking for someone to repair the roof, which was damaged by hail from the tornadic storm that swept across Newton County in 2008.

“We do a lot of weird things, but we have never done anything like this,” said Bodily, who hails from Texas and works for CMR Construction & Roofing, of Austin. “It’s a fun job when you get to do something like this.

“It was quite a design for its time. Muennig was way ahead of his time.”

George K. “Mickey” Muennig, a native of Joplin, built the house in 1959 on an outcropping of chert rock that overlooks Shoal Creek at Redings Mill. It can be seen from the old Highway 86 bridge that now serves as part of the trail for the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Monday’s Joplin Globe or register for our E-Edition at joplinglobe.com.

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