Ritz Home Museum is Evansville, Indiana’s only Victorian House Museum is situated in the heart of the city’s downtown Historic Preservation District. The Reitz Home Museum is noted as one of the country’s finest examples of French Second Empire architecture.
The Reitz Home Preservation Society Welcomes You to the Reitz Home Museum
The Reitz Home Preservation Society, Inc. was incorporated in 1974 by the State of Indiana as a not-for-profit corporation to equip, maintain, and support the Reitz Home as a historical museum for the civic, cultural, and educational benefit of the community and to conduct enterprises to this end.
Therefore, it is the mission of The Reitz Home Preservation Society, Inc. to:
- Preserve and maintain the historic structures and grounds at 224 S.E. First Street, in Evansville, Indiana, built by John Augustus Reitz in 1871, lived in by his family until 1931, and then serving as the residence of Bishop Grimmelsman until his death in 1972
- Exhibit to the public the buildings, features, and contents that have become the responsibility of the Corporation through donation or purchase
- Restore, preserve, and interpret the interior of the Home to the period of 1890 through 1910, the period of opulence in Evansville in which the Reitz family redecorated and embellished the Home
- Collect, preserve, display, and interpret to the public the original possessions, if possible, or otherwise fine historically correct period furnishings and accessories in the Home
- Restore and maintain the exterior and to rehabilitate for adaptive reuse (while maintaining its architectural integrity) the interior of the Reitz Home Carriage House in order to pursue programming to benefit the preservation of the museum
- Aid in and encourage the development of a strong economic base by engaging in and encouraging historically compatible development and activities
- Promote a better understanding of Evansville’s past and historic preservation in general to young and old alike through the interpretation of life at the turn of the century as depicted in the Reitz Home
All toward the end that the Reitz Home may be a historic house museum for the pleasure and edification of the community and visitors and that it may be a permanent memorial to the Reitz family, Bishop Grimmelsman, and countless others who worked to create a better community.
224 S.E. First Street, Evansville, Indiana 47713