Explore Evansville History and Preservation in May

Evansville’s lineup of Historic Preservation Month activities includes a talk by Indiana Landmarks’ President Marsh Davis exploring high profile preservation projects in Evansville and beyond.

Reitz Home Museum
Reitz Home Museum Parlor (photo: Lee Lewellen)

Then and Now

At Evansville’s Reitz Home Museum, visitors see the lifestyle of one of the city’s wealthiest families of the 1800s. A walk through the house’s exquisitely furnished rooms – many with original pieces used by the Reitz family — provides a rare glimpse of mid-nineteenth century Victorian life. Built for John August Reitz in 1870, the home remains one of United States’ best-preserved examples of French Second Empire architecture. The National Register-listed house is located in Evansville’s Riverside Historic District.

Reitz Home Museum

On Thursday, May 17, visitors can tour the home and enjoy wine and music on the lawn before Indiana Landmarks’ President Marsh Davis presents a talk highlighting preservation in Evansville. The program is part of a series of free lectures, tours, and activities celebrating Preservation Month, coordinated by the Reitz Home, Evansville’s Department of Metropolitan Development, and the Old Courthouse Foundation of Vanderburgh County. Check out the complete schedule at

For more information about tours and events at the Reitz Home, visit

Sign up for our e-newsletter.

Stay up to date on the latest news, stories, and events from Indiana Landmarks, around the state or in your area.