Filed Under Forsyth

558 North Twelfth Avenue

Forsyth Residential Historic District

Exposed rafter tails add a fashionable Craftsman style accent to this one-story residence. The inviting, open front porch also reflects the Craftsman ideal; the style’s southern California originators intended large front porches to connect homeowners to their natural surroundings. In other respects, the house resembles the working-class hipped roof cottages common to company towns and railroading communities across the United States. In Forsyth, the prevalence of these houses reflected a large population of railroad workers, whose well-paid union jobs meant that they could afford to live in single family homes. Likely built circa 1907, after the Milwaukee Road arrived in Forsyth, the residence became home to Hallet (Hal) and Bertha Withington by 1914. Withington lived in Montana for seventy-two of his ninety-five years, primarily in Forsyth. He managed the grocery department of the old Richardson Mercantile for thirty years and was an active Mason. However, he was best known locally for an uncharacteristically adventurous episode—his youthful, brief, and unprofitable expedition to the Klondike during the 1897 gold rush.

Images

558 North Twelfth
558 North Twelfth 558 North Twelfth (PAc 91-51 Forsyth Roll02 F03). Front to side view of the house, facing west to northwest on North 12th Avenue with 542 North Twelfth neighboring to the south. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1988

Location

558 North 12th Avenue, Forsyth, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “558 North Twelfth Avenue,” Historic Montana, accessed June 25, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1804.