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For relocation or visitor information contact:
111 W. Main Ave
Ritzville, WA 99169

Mailing Address:
PO Box 122
Ritzville, WA 99169

Houses built more than 75 years ago dot the landscape of Ritzville's quiet streets, revealing telltale signs of early wealth and social standards. Whole blocks were built by the same contractor, and minor variations in floor plans turned the typical house into an architectural gem.

A good representation of homes built in different eras remains. From three-story American foursquare homes to Queen Anne mansions, Ritzville's homes paint a picture of early settlement.

On a quiet afternoon drive, east Fourth and Fifth avenues provide good examples of the building boom in the 1920s, especially between Palouse and Chelan streets. The craftsman/bungalow houses differ from the early craftsman at 403 South Palouse built around 1912. It is much more elaborate than the later versions next door. Not as many early craftsman houses were built, hence their individuality.

One of the city's more notable houses is a banker's home built in 1902. Bankers' homes had to reflect the expectations of bankers.

They didn't live in typical Victorians - they had verandas. Nelson H. Greene, founder of Pioneer State Bank in 1901, built the house on 502 South Adams in accordance with those expectations.

A picture of home restoration, the N.H. Greene House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Ritzville's only New England style house is at 205 East Sixth. The cedar shake, salt box style house features an uneven roof line and unusual second level protrusion over the front fa├žade. The attached garage has a sleeping loft.

An American Foursquare house with Queen Anne influences skirts the downtown business district at 103 East Broadway. Currently in the midst of renovation, the three-story home built around 1888 was a frequent meeting place for the fashionable elite of Ritzville at the turn of the century. A balcony on the third floor enclosed by turned post railings is a unique adjustment to the original floor plan.

Swiss influence appears in a bungalow at 402 East Second. Crosses, a la Swiss, near the roof are the most noticeable influences. A Spokane firm designed the home, using a plan from "Plans of a Swiss Bungalow." The original owner's great-grandson restored the home and currently lives there.

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