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Morse/Palace Block

Anaconda Commercial Historic District

Thomas Silha and sisters Mary Vollenweider and Margaret Morse hired architect Joseph White to design this commercial/residential building in 1911. The $20,000 brick building originally featured identical storefronts with glass display windows topped by prismatic glass panels that reflected daylight deep into the interior. Furnished rooms upstairs offered housekeeping services. In 1912, Thomas Silha’s Palace Block on the south housed a confectionery and cigar store and Orton Bros. Pianos in the rear. In 1915, Charles Tescher and wife Marion ran a pool hall and furnished rooms in the Morse Block on the north, but by 1917 they had moved into Silha’s confectionery next door and added a Brunswick bowling alley. Earl Tucker and William A. J. Thompson ran the alley from 1928 until the mid-1930s. Thompson’s grandson Jack opened a bar by 1952. Next door, Morse and Vollenweider managed tenants upstairs, and Morse’s son John ran a pool hall and confectionery until the early 1940s. Both widows, Vollenweider and Morse incorporated their business in 1928 and became well known real estate investors in both Anaconda and Butte—an unusual profession for women at the time.


Morse/Palace Block Morse/Palace Block. Front view of the building, facing east to southeast on Main Street. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Joe Furshong Date: July 2020
Morse/Palace Block Morse/Palace Block. Front view of the building, facing east on Main Street. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Rose Stuart Date: Mar. 1994
Rendering of the Morse/Palace Block, Anaconda, Montana 1911 architects rendering of the Morse/Palace Block Source: The Anaconda Standard (Anaconda, Montana) · Sun, Dec 10, 1911 · Page 56 Creator: Joseph White, architect Date: 1911


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The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Morse/Palace Block,” Historic Montana, accessed September 25, 2023,