Alpine, United States

Support Mattie Matthaei To Restore The Ritchey

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The Hotel Ritchey was built in 1886 across from the Southern Pacific train station and cattle-loading pens that were the commercial heart of Alpine, Texas. First name the City Hotel, the building was sturdily constructed with 18-inch adobe bricks and cypress wood framing. For almost a century it offered a bed for the night, stiff drinks and home-cooked meals to ranchers, cowhands, and railroad workers. Cowboys used to have shooting contests on the balcony by taking aim at silver dollars on the stockyard pens across the street. It is rumored that the back of the hotel was once a bordello. The Ritchey’s walls have witnessed a lot. Despite being designated a Texas Historic Landmark in 1965, the Ritchey was abandoned in the 1970s.
 
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The historic Hotel Ritchey has waited patiently for a new life and new purpose for nearly half a century. The Ritchey will be a social hub where locals and visitors alike will want to start their day with coffee and later kick off their boots after a day working on a ranch or hiking in Big Bend. It’s expansive, adobe-walled courtyard is the perfect setting for parties, live performances, and outdoor film screenings. Marrying the best of Alpine’s past and present, the Ritchey will showcase the rich history and vibrant arts scene of far West Texas.
 
Mattie Matthaei (owner of Ritchey) was a successful builder and developer in Austin before moving to the Big Bend region 7 years ago. Mattie says “Most of my career has been spent restoring old buildings, so I immediately fell for this shuttered, Old West relic when I first arrived in Alpine. I have reached the limits of what I can personally do to restore the Ritchey. The building has been so neglected that banks won’t touch it, so now I need your support to finish saving it.”
 
Mattie has started a crowdfunding campaign with a goal of raising $85,000. The fund raised will be used to structural repairs, electrical upgrades, install plumbing–which the building has never had–and reconstruct the two-story porch, which will have the best mountain sunset views in Alpine. Together we can turn the Ritchey into a community arts space and a saloon, serving coffee, wine, beer and locally prepared food.
 
You’ve read this far. You’re ready to support. THANK YOU! But everyone loves perks. Take a look at what they’ve got to offer!
 
EXCLUSIVE REWARDS
 

  • Website Recognition
  • 25% off gift certificate
  • Dedicated Courtyard Stone
  • Overnight stay
  • Private Party and Engraving

 
Thank you so much for any help you’re able to give. And please forward this campaign to anyone you think may be interested and willing to help.
 
Any amount would count and it would be much appreciated if you are not able to give then to SHARE SHARE SHARE! Thank you all and much love!
 
For more information, please visit Hotel Ritchey’s Indiegogo page:
 
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/restore-the-ritchey-history-arts–2#/
 


$85,000

funding goal

Project Rewards
$25 USD
Website Recogniton
We will add your name to our list of supporters on our website.
$50 USD
25% off gift certificate
Your name will be added to our thank you list of supporters on our website and you will receive 25% off your total bill at our saloon establishment.
$100 USD
25% off gift certificate
We will add your name to our list of supporters on our website and you will receive 25% off on your first and second visit to our saloon establishment.
$200 USD
25% off Gift Certificate
You will be added to our list of supporters on our website and you will receive 25% off gift certificate for three visits to our saloon establishment.
$300 USD
Dedicated Courtyard Stone
Your name will be added to our website list of supporters. In addition, your name will be added to one of the limestone that will become a permanent part of our courtyard seating area.
$500 USD
Overnight stay
Stay with us for a night in one of our rustic and charming cabins at the Laughing Horse Ranch just outside of Alpine, READ MORE
$2500 USD
Private Party and Engraving
For an evening you can have the entire Ritchey, including the historic saloon and outdoor courtyard as well as the outdoor stage, for a private event. READ MORE
$5000 USD
Private Party Plus!
For an evening you can have the entire Ritchey, including the historic saloon and outdoor courtyard as well as the outdoor stage, for a private event. READ MORE
$10000 USD
Private Party Plus Plus!
For an evening you can have the entire Ritchey, including the historic saloon and outdoor courtyard as well as the outdoor stage. READ MORE

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