Filed Under Havre

Gussenhoven House

Havre Residential Historic District

Joseph and Susanne Gussenhoven built this two-and-one-half-story Free Classic Queen Anne style home, known locally as “the Castle,” in 1903. Particular to this style are the irregular roofline, octagonal corner tower, textured walls, large porches, and Free Classic detailing, including Doric columns supporting the porch roof. Joseph Gussenhoven owned a lumber mill, brickyard, and lumberyard, located just west of the home, and used materials from his own businesses to construct the residence. The son of Dutch immigrants, he was a prominent entrepreneur (other businesses included a steam laundry and a cigar factory), contractor, real estate developer, newspaper publisher, and banker. This imposing brick residence, valued at a princely $8,000 in 1903, reflected and amplified his status, as well as providing room for his large family of eight children. The Gussenhovens moved in 1929, after their children were grown. In 1930, the substantial building offered lodging to ten single men, including two pharmacists, two car salesmen, a realtor, telegrapher, barber, policeman, journalist, and laborer. However, by 1941, Joseph and Susanne Gussenhoven once again occupied the home, where they lived on and off into the 1950s.

Images

Gussenhoven House
Gussenhoven House Gussenhoven House (PAc 91-51 Havre R01 F31). Front to side view of the house, facing southwest on 3rd Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Nov. 1987
Gussenhoven House
Gussenhoven House Gussenhoven House (PAc 91-51 Havre R01 F32). Front to side view of the house, facing south to southwest on 3rd Street. Closer view of the house near the front sidewalk leading to the stairs. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Nov. 1987
Gussenhoven House
Gussenhoven House Gussenhoven House (PAc 91-51 Havre R01 F33). Front view of the house, facing south on 3rd Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Nov. 1987

Location

26 3rd Street, Havre, Montana | Private

Metadata

Montana National Register Sign Program, “Gussenhoven House,” Historic Montana, accessed April 15, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/2711.