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Livingston Westside Residential Historic District

Livingston was inextricably tied to the railroad, but its business community also influenced the town's character. After 1900, professionals and entrepreneurs built new homes on the Westside when the expansion of downtown encroached on the previous residential neighborhoods. The less pretentious homes of Livingston's lawyers, merchants, doctors, and businessmen comprise the majority of the Westside, but the district includes Livingston's most architecturally significant residences. These were home to important figures such as Charles Garnier, founder of the exclusive "Montana Sport" cigar factory whose Livingston payroll was second only to the Northern Pacific. Garnier built a residence here in 1902. The 1903 mansion of Livingston mayor and bank president Edward Talcott sprawls over six city lots on "Banker's Row." Wealthy rancher J. H. Harvat moved to town, building a home so that his children could attend school. Telephone company franchise owner Joseph Swindlehurst, banker J. C. Vilas, and renowned criminal lawyer Hugh J. Miller were other wealthy residents. Among the larger homes, examples of Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Shingle, and Prairie styles reveal an astute awareness of national architectural trends of the early twentieth century. After the 1920s, more modest homes were added to the district. The wide, inviting tree-lined streets, churches, and schools make this Livingston's preferred residential area even today.

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Images

Livingston Westside Residential Historic District Livingston Westside Residential Historic District. View of 513-517 West Geyster Street (at 6th), facing east. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Kommers, McLaughlin, and Leavengood Date: May 1979
Livingston Westside Residential Historic District Livingston Westside Residential Historic District. View of 212-204 South 6th Street, facing south. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Kommers, McLaughlin, and Leavengood Date: May 1979
Livingston Westside Residential Historic District Livingston Westside Residential Historic District. View of 120-116 South 6th Street, facing south. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Kommers, McLaughlin, and Leavengood Date: May 1979
Livingston Westside Residential Historic District Livingston Westside Residential Historic District. View of 108 North 6th Street and 516 West Callender Street, facing north. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Kommers, McLaughlin, and Leavengood Date: May 1979
Livingston Westside Residential Historic District Livingston Westside Residential Historic District. View of 101 North 5th Street (at West Callender Street), facing west. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Kommers, McLaughlin, and Leavengood Date: May 1979
Livingston Westside Residential Historic District Livingston Westside Residential Historic District. View of 104-106 South 5th Street, facing south. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Kommers, McLaughlin, and Leavengood Date: May 1979
Livingston Westside Residential Historic District Livingston Westside Residential Historic District. View of 122-126 South 5th Street, facing south. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Kommers, McLaughlin, and Leavengood Date: May 1979
Livingston Westside Residential Historic District Livingston Westside Residential Historic District. View of 402-416 South 5th Street (at Geyser Street), facing south. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Kommers, McLaughlin, and Leavengood Date: May 1979
Livingston Westside Residential Historic District Livingston Westside Residential Historic District. View of South Yellowstone and West Lewis Street, 125-127 South Yellowstone and 322 West Lewis Street, facing north. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Kommers, McLaughlin, and Leavengood Date: May 1979
Livingston Westside Residential Historic District Livingston Westside Residential Historic District. View of 313-317 South Yellowstone Street, facing east. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Kommers, McLaughlin, and Leavengood Date: May 1979

Location

Roughly bounded by Sacajawea Park, 7th, Park, and 3rd Streets, Livingston, Montana | Private/Public

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Livingston Westside Residential Historic District,” Historic Montana, accessed February 9, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1685.