With its eight floors, it is one of the largest half-timbered houses in Germany. The building became the property of the city of Geislingen in 1823. Renovations were u. a. Performed in 1593 and 1961.
The old building has housed the Geislingen local history museum since 1923, the holdings of which go back to the establishment of an "antiquities collection" in 1919. In addition to the city and regional history collection of the Art and History Association, the museum houses further exhibitions on three floors with the South German Treasure Chest Museum, a model of the Geislinger Steige and the installation “Our Bird World”. On the ground floor is the gallery in the old building, also operated by the Art and History Association and the City of Geislingen, with temporary exhibitions of regionally but also nationally known artists.