Filed Under Red Lodge

Talmage House

Hi-Bug Historic District

W. A. Talmage arrived in Red Lodge in 1888 to manage a branch of a Billings mercantile. By 1894, the ambitious businessman owned his own large hardware and farm implements store on Billings Avenue. Undoubtedly, his business connections helped Talmage locate first-rate material and workmen to build this impressive two-and-one-half-story home in 1903. In fact, local sources note that Talmage contracted with an Iowa carpenter, who arrived with a boxcar of oak, to install the home’s interior trim, including the staircase, paneling, and parquet floors. The exterior of the “free classic” style Queen Anne residence matches the interior’s elegance and attention to detail. Classical elements include paired Tuscan porch columns, banded friezes, molded cornices, and the symmetrical front pediment. Queen Anne style decoration includes the delicate balustrade, beveled glass windows, and prominent curved brackets under the side. The cross-gabled roof, multiple porches, bay windows, and varying wall textures—including a river rock foundation and patterned shingles—also reflect Queen Anne’s emphasis on assembling elements in interesting and artistic combinations.

Images

Talmage House, Red Lodge, MT View of facade Source: iPhone 8 image capture, jpeg Creator: Martha Kohl, photographer Date: June 2021
Talmage House Talmage House (PAc 91-51 Red Lodge/Hi-Bug HD R03 F29). Front to side view of the house, facing east to northeast on Hauser Avenue North. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: July/Aug. 1985

Location

716 Hauser Avenue North, Red Lodge, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Talmage House,” Historic Montana, accessed November 28, 2022, https://historicmt.org/items/show/164.