A house with tradition and history
17th + 18th century
In 1649, the Markt 12 house was rebuilt by the pensioner Johan Lethmate and his wife Anna von Beesten on the foundations of the previous building, which was destroyed in the great fire caused by the Swedish troops of September 20/21,1647 in the last year of the Thirty Years' War. After the paternal line of the Lethmate family died out, the house was used as an "inn for the distinguished classes" and was known as such far beyond the borders of Westphalia.
In 1799, Napoleon seized power in France. In Rheine, through the marriage with Elisabeth Schlüter, the mayor and merchant Theodor Striethorst brought the Markt 12 into the family. After the death of the Striethorst couple, the house was put up for auction by court order.