Hasterlik House

Hi-Bug Historic District

Prominent lumber merchant C. C. Bowlen purchased this lot in 1901. Two years later, when attorney George Pierson decided to build a larger home, Bowlen purchased Pierson’s front-gable residence and moved it a block south to this location. Constructed before 1894, the one-and-one-half-story wood-frame home has a prominent wraparound porch. The porch’s turned posts and sawn-work brackets mark the home as Folk Victorian, a style defined by Victorian decorative detailing on simple house forms. In 1907, I. Joseph Hasterlik and his wife Henrietta purchased the residence, adding the back wing sometime before 1912. Born in Germany, Hasterlik immigrated to Chicago at age seventeen in 1867. He and Henrietta moved to Red Lodge in 1902, following Simon, Joseph’s son from his first marriage. Thought to be Red Lodge’s first Jewish family, the Hasterliks quickly integrated into the Red Lodge community. The newspaper frequently mentioned members of the family, who enthusiastically participated in fundraisers held by both the Episcopal and Congregational churches. The couple lived here until their deaths, Henrietta, at age 75 in 1939, and Joseph in 1941, at the age of 91.

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118 6th Street West, Red Lodge, Montana ~ Private