Ed and Doris Love House

Miles City East Main Street Residential Historic District

Wealthy Miles City residents looked to the undeveloped area east of the Northern Pacific tracks to build their homes in the early twentieth century. Among them were Ed and Doris Love who had this Prairie Style home constructed in 1916. Its bands of door height windows, wide overhanging eaves, low-pitched hipped roof, asymmetrical design, and overall horizontal emphasis reflect the influence of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, father of the Prairie style. According to the blueprints, St. Louis architect George L. Wageley designed this home; like many architects, Wageley produced standardized house plans (this was #187) that local contractors then adapted to specific sites. Interestingly, an advertisement in the March 1916 Ladies Home Journal featured a residence with a very similar design to this one. The Loves lived here until 1926 when they moved kitty-corner into Doris’s family home. Later owners made very few changes to the residence. The home’s interior still boasts its original built-ins, massive fireplace, hardwood floors, light fixtures, and beveled glass French doors.

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2315 Main Street, Miles City, Montana ~ Private