Filed Under Miles City

Lukes / Love House

Miles City East Main Street Residential Historic District

Built for C. N. and Louise E. Lukes in 1911, the home is also known as the Ed Love House. Lukes was cashier of the Commercial State Bank and after the deaths of C. N. and Louise in 1929, ownership passed to their daughter, Doris Lukes Love, and her husband, Ed Love. Ed Love was a prominent businessman involved in nearly every aspect of Miles City life. From the Horse Sales Company to homestead real estate ventures and the Love Ford Motor Company, Love contributed to the city’s early development. However, several bankruptcies forced Love to put the home in his wife’s name. Doris retained ownership until her death in 1967. Their daughters, Margaret and Dorie Lou, sold the home in 1972 upon Love’s death. Typical of Main Street homes from 1910 to 1920, the house is a high style Craftsman type, with expensive departures from the norm that make the home stand out. Later remodeling efforts produced the enclosed porch.

Images

Lukes/Love House Lukes/Love House. Front view of the house, facing south to southeast on East Main Street. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Dena Sanford and Susan McDaniel Date: Mar. 1989

Location

2302 Main Street, Miles City, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Lukes / Love House,” Historic Montana, accessed December 2, 2022, https://historicmt.org/items/show/267.