he Victorian Eclectic home with its beautiful columned porch was built at the turn-of-the-century by a prominent pharmacist named Benjamin Franklin Riter. Sources state that the Riter Mansion was one of three "designated" mansions for the area. The designation was given only to the large homes that could boast a formal ballroom. The estate was often used as a social gathering point and a center for music and entertainment. The Riter Mansion has been beautifully restored to its earlier grand state while still incorporating elegant enhancements. Many of its historical features have been carefully preserved or restored, such as the leaded stained-glass window over the grand staircase, reminiscent of the Arts and Craft and Art Deco movements.