Date(s) - 12/04/2016
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Reitz Home Museum
Christmas House Tour!
Sunday, December 4th
11 am – 4 pm
FIVE historic homes on tour
Tickets are $20
Available at the door of each tour house or at the Reitz Home museum
You can also call 812-453-3897 or 812-480-4624
Organized by Old Evansville Historic Association, Inc.
Bell – Goad House
506 S.E. First St.
It is believed that Cadwalader Griffith built this dwelling circa 1857. Prescription druggist Crawford Bell, though, is considered the historic resident of note.
This is a classic example of Federal architecture. Its features are plain and clean. The façade is completely symmetrical. The entry is flanked by two pilasters – and above there is a flat pediment. Crowning the façade is the frieze and cornice at the roof’s edge. The home has a low pitched roof that is barely noticeable. Chris Goad and her children now call this home. 88
Rosencranz – Bertinelle House
421 S.E. First St.
The noted Evansville architects, the Reid brothers designed this home in 1890 for Civil War veteran, Major Albert C. Rosencranz. President of Vulcan Plow Company, Rosencranz is remembered for his philanthropic leadership with housing reform, establishing Evansville College, and the YMCA.
A fine Queen Anne styled home, its architecture features a prominent turret, irregular massing, floral frieze, and stone beltcourses. One of the many homes in the neighborhood mangled by unsympathetic conversions to apartments, current owners, Dan and Brenda Bertinelli are converting the dwelling back to a single-family home. 89
Brose – Alexandrovich House
725 S.E. Second St.
In 1923, Elizabeth Brose, widow of George Brose, made a bold statement by hiring Evansville architect Alfred E. Neucks to design a new home. Contractor John Wilkins completed her home in October of that year.
Her house is a modest rendition of the Colonial Revival as defined by the two-story plan, gable ends, symmetrical placement of door and window. Fine classically detailed porch columns, frieze, and crest railing, as well as rainwater heads confirm this as an example of this style. Marsha Alexandrovich now makes this her home. 88
Pittman – Fleming House
1001 S.E. Second St.
A quintessential example of Queen Anne architecture, here we have a riot of irregular massing, rich use of shingle and clapboard siding, cutaway corners, interesting bays, and porch featuring decorative columns, gables, and conical roof. Playful paint colors highlight it all.
Dental surgeon Charles Pittman built this home in 1888. The building permit tagged the cost at $2,500. Jack and Roon Frey saved this house from ruin in the 1970s. The current owners, Brian and Christina Fleming, brought the maintenance up to standard, insuring the survival of this gem. 89
Sonntag – Burckhartt – O’Neill House
808 Sunset Ave.
An artistic master, Evansville architect F. Manson Gilbert mixed Spanish mission red roof tiles, English Tudor arches and casement windows, Craftsman eave brackets and exposed rafter tails, and Mediterranean stucco to make a masterpiece that defies architectural classification.
In 1912 George Walker Sonntag and his wife Marie first occupied their new home. Edward F. Karges was vice president of the Karges Furniture Company when his family moved in the house in the late 1920s. Kristen Burckhartt and Matthew O’Neill are enlivening their house with art and music. 87