Filed Under Bozeman

610 South Willson Avenue

Bon Ton Historic District

Built in 1904, this Colonial Revival style home reflects a renewed interest in America’s colonial heritage and combines elements of the emerging Craftsman style. The main body is a square with bay window columns on each side for balance and light. The Doric-inspired columns, corner boards, and front porch reflect the Colonial style. Elements of the Craftsman style include the overhanging eaves and exposed rafter tails. The two styles carry throughout the interior. Decorative oak accents, a reception hall, and pocket doors continue the Colonial theme while wide, inviting entries suggest the Craftsman style’s aim of harmony with nature. The home was built for Agnes Foster, whose husband, Dr. Henry W. Foster, was a prominent physician and Bozeman mayor. Later their daughter Myrtle Steffens and her husband Claude lived in the house. Roland R. Renne, Montana State College (University) President, and prominent businessman Carl Lehrkind were also owners. In 1987, the movie Amazing Grace and Chuck, starring Gregory Peck and Jamie Lee Curtis, featured the residence. In 1999, restoration efforts earned the home Bozeman’s Historic Preservation Award.

Images

610 South Willson Avenue 610 South Willson Avenue. Front to side view of the house, facing southeast on South Willson Avenue. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Mary Kay Peck Date: Apr. 1983

Location

610 South Willson Avenue, Bozeman, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “610 South Willson Avenue,” Historic Montana, accessed December 3, 2022, https://historicmt.org/items/show/2209.