L. Chapman Rental

Hi-Bug Historic District

One of seven side-gabled cottages built in this neighborhood at the turn of the twentieth century, the Craftsman style tri-arched façade later added to the porch and front window make this charming example unique. The first owner was Louis Chapman, who purchased several lots on this block and built three rental homes. This was the first constructed between 1901 and 1907. Chapman had a varied career in hardware, lumber, and oil, but he is remembered for surviving a well-publicized appendectomy performed by Dr. Souders in 1903. Miles City Treasurer George Mushback was one of Chapman’s first tenants at this address; another was Paul Lehrkind, secretary of the Red Lodge Brewing Company. Exceptional preservation of the appealing home belies its long rental history. The interior features an unusually spacious first floor planned around a central staircase and lovely oak finishing. The original water closet fixtures, including vintage tub, commode, and copper-lined wooden flush box with pull chain, are remarkably intact and functional.



118 5th Street West, Red Lodge, Montana ~ Private