Reitz Home Museum
The Reitz Home Museum is a Victorian house museum located in the Riverside Historic District in downtown Evansville, Indiana. The museum offers year-round guided tours to the city's only Victorian house museum. An authentic restoration offers visitors a step back in time with silk damask-covered walls, hand painted ceilings, delicately molded plaster friezes, and intricately patterned hand-laid wood parquet floors. Other features of the home include tiled and marbled fireplaces, stained glass windows, and French gilt chandeliers. Much of the home is decorated with original period furniture. Considered by many to be one of the finest examples of the French Second Empire style architecture, the home has been featured in several issues of Victorian Homes magazine as well as Victorian Decorating and Lifestyle magazine. In 2003 the home received a commendation from the Victorian Society in America for the preservation and restoration of the Victorian mansion.

History
John Augustus Reitz, who amassed a fortune in the lumber business, built the house in 1871 in the French Second Empire style. His eldest son Francis Joseph took over the house after his death in the 1890s and redecorated the interior in a variety of Victorian styles. In the 1970's the Reitz Home Preservation Society, a non-profit organization, was formed to restore and preserve the home. It was officially placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1973. Tess Grimm is currently the museum director.

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