The Carriage House

The Reitz Carriage House was remodeled in the early 1900s. The front portion of the Carriage House held the numerous carriages owned by the family. The rear portion was the stable, where seven horses had stalls. The stalls contained a puncheon floor (cedar wood), which was comfortable for the horses and easy to clean. One of the double stalls still shows the restored puncheon floor. Francis Joseph owned two automobiles, and, when the family no longer used the carriages and horses, the automobiles were stored in the carriage room and the family referred to it as the garage.

Feed for the horses was stored on the second level, and a recessed area was made on the ceiling of the stable room for the feed to drop down into the stable. The male servants, the coachman, and the stable boy also lived on the second floor. They shared a bathtub in a room so small they could only enter the tub from the back.

The second level is now used as an Education Center and also contains the staff offices.

Carriage House Rental Fees

The following base fees include:

  • 60" Round tables (6)
  • 30" X 96: Tables (4)
  • Use of 50-cup coffee urn
  • Projector screen
  • CD, radio, and music port
  • Mobile cart
  • Silk floral centerpieces

Base Fee (up to 4 hours from arrival to departure)

Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$100.00 for RHPS members
$125.00 for non members

Evenings (up to 4 hours from arrival to departure)

Monday – Friday
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
$150.00 for Reitz Home Museum members
$200.00 for non-members

Weekends (up to 4 hours from arrival to departure)

Saturdays and Sundays
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
$150.00 for RHPS members
$200.00 for non-members

Rental Agreement and Lunch Reservation Forms

The Reitz Museum Shop, Admissions Area, and Interpretive Center are located in the former carriage room/garage. The stable room has been converted into a meeting and/or lunch or dinner room. The Reitz Home Guild serves lunches and dinners in the former stable room, which has been tastefully decorated and holds groups of 25 to 48 people. The menus are included in the Guild Catered Lunch/Dinner Tours form below.

New in 2010: Wedding packages available for small, intimate ceremonies, to take place inside the Reitz Home. The Carriage House is perfect for receptions, bridal showers, and rehearsal dinners.

The Reitz Carriage House is Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible.

For more Carriage House rental information, please contact us at 426-1871. Forms may be downloaded and returned to The Reitz Home Preservation Society, Inc.

Fax: 812-426-2179

Mail:
The Reitz Home Preservation Society, Inc.
PO Box 1322
Evansville, IN, 47706

RHM Guild Lunch or Dinner Reservation Form 2012.pdf

Carriage House Rental Form and Agreement.pdf

Carriage House Layout (98 KB | JPG)

Exclusions

Table cloths and tableware are not provided.

No alcoholic beverages are permitted unless they are provided by a caterer with a valid caterer’s liquor license.

Additional Fees

  • Early setup/decorating time – $37.50/hour
  • Each additional hour – $37.50/hour
  • Security person evenings and weekends – $10.00/hour (during non-museum touring hours)

Setup Options

  • Six 60" round tables (seats 8)
  • Four 30" x 96" tables
  • Chairs (70)
  • U-shaped, square, theatre, classroom, or other