Five individual structures in Ritzville are on the National Register of Historic Places: The Burroughs (Dr. Frank R.) House on Main Street, the Northern Pacific Railroad Depot, the Greene (Nelson H.) House on South Adams Street, the Ritzville Carnegie Library on West Main Street. The Burroughs House and the National Pacific Depot have both been ceded to the city and maintained as museums by volunteers. The Ritzville Historic District, bounded roughly by Broadway, Division Street, Railroad Avenue, and Washington Street is also listed on the register.
The Ritz Theatre was opened in 1937 and was designed by prolific northwest cinema architect Bjarne Moe. It maintains the original architecture and was extensively renovated in the mid 1980s, and most recently renovated and restored in 2013/14. The latest renovation including upgrading to a digital projector, improving the outdoor signage and neon and so much more.
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“The RDDA will HELP develop a prosperous downtown which builds upon the
unique cultural and historical assets of our community”
Goal: “To showcase Ritzville’s strengths to encourage local and visitor patronage of downtown.”
ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING COMMITTEE
Goal: " To restructure downtown Ritzville into a viable economic entity."
Goal: “To bring diverse interests to develop a campaign to restore downtown.”
Goal: “To encourage a cooperative spirit to support a well-funded, action-oriented, volunteer organization.”
The Ritzville Downtown Development Association was incorporated as a 501(c)3 in 2003 to promote and develop a prosperous downtown with reference to our history and cultural assets.
RDDA offers support and consultation with endeavors within our downtown historic district. Past projects have included the Western Art Show, Saturday Market and Possibilities Tour to name a few. We continue to support and promote other community groups.
Monthly meetings are held the 2nd Monday of the month at 5:30pm 107 E Main.
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