Filed Under Miles City

Furstnow House

Carriage House Historic District

Born in Wisconsin, Al Furstnow settled permanently in Miles City in 1894 and became the major saddler in the northwest. In 1895, Furstnow commissioned Byron Vreeland to build this Queen Anne style home, unusual because the architect usually designed in brick. The previous year Furstnow opened Al Furstnow’s Saddle Shop on Main Street in a Vreeland-designed building. Credited with making the first flower hand-stamped saddles in Miles City for Britain’s Lord Sidney Paget, Furstnow outfitted Leigh Remington of Remington Arms and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show for their Paris exhibition. The bay window heads are embellished with carved medallions in a motif that is continued throughout the interior. The residence retains the original tall ceilings and detailing, including a fan-trimmed arch and four brass and stained-glass chandeliers, one being in the form of a British Crown. Remodeling in 1910 modernized the house with Craftsman details to reflect Miles City’s financial status during the homestead boom. The home remained in the Furstnow family until the late 1980s.

Images

Furstnow House Furstnow House. Front to side view of the house, facing south to southwest on Pleasant Street. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Dena Sanford and Susan McDaniel Date: 1987
Furstnow House Furstnow House. Front view of the house and garage, facing northwest on Pleasant Street. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Dena Sanford and Susan McDaniel Date: Mar. 1989

Location

1010 Pleasant Street, Miles City, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Furstnow House,” Historic Montana, accessed February 1, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/252.