Dr. Walter E. Dean Residence
Cooper Park Historic District
Development was sparse in this neighborhood in the early 1900s, but by the mid-1910s, construction boomed around Cooper Park. This classic Colonial Revival style home was built on a choice lot diagonally across from Cooper Park circa 1919. The park, planned in 1891, was likely intended to ornament the hoped-for State Capitol, which Bozeman failed to capture. Instead, the park served local families as the neighborhood developed around the State Agricultural College now MSU. Dr. Walter E. Dean, an osteopathic physician, was this home’s longtime owner. He and his wife, Zana, raised two sons and a daughter and, because of close proximity to the college, occasionally took in student lodgers. Tucked among mature landscaping, the home presents a pleasing symmetry. Its distinctive gambrel roof is a hallmark of Dutch Colonial Revival, a subtype of the Colonial Revival style. Graceful columns support a centered, open porch with a gabled roof and pediment. The street-facing dormer features two pairs of windows flanking a third set in miniature. Inside, ample windows allow extraordinary natural lighting, and oak and maple flooring survives intact.