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Reitz Home busy with restoration and Victorian Christmas

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One of Evansville's treasured landmarks, the Reitz Home Museum, celebrates its 33rd annual Victorian Christmas beginning Sunday, November 18.

They've also received a grant to help with some major renovations to the home.

"Water is running down the side of the building and it's getting in some of the cracks in the windows,"says Matt Rowe with the Reitz Home.

Maintaining the building is a core part of the Reitz Home Museum's mission, which is to preserve history.

"It's wonderful that because of our grant from the city in 2012 and 2013 that we're able to move forward with this project," said Matt.

The project is focused on the outside.

"They've almost completed restoring the paint and the coating that's on each window as well as the original metal roof that's on the bay window. There were little holes behind the windows where the water would come behind the brick and all of that has been fully repaired at this point and then the next step for us will be some work on the downspouts and also some repair to the gutters and the roofs that are on top of the veranda and the front porch as well," Matt told 14 News.

The exterior work is especially important because it's the structure that protects the history inside the home.

Those renovations will not impact the Victorian Christmas tours at the Reitz Home, which begin this Sunday.

For dates and times for the tours, visit the Reitz Home at http://www.reitzhome.com/special-events/type/Victorian+Christmas+-+all+ages.

 

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