Filed Under Anaconda

Parrot Block

Anaconda Commercial Historic District

Prosperous Deer Lodge Valley rancher George Parrot invested $13,000 to build the Parrot Block in 1896. The first story of this well-appointed Queen Anne style commercial and boardinghouse building originally featured tall, plate-glass display windows topped by a wide grid of small prism-glass tiles. The well-preserved second story reflects the period’s taste for rich and varied textures and showcases the bricklayer’s masterful work. A central stained-glass transom window originally attracted attention to the building’s cast-iron nameplate above it. The crenelated parapet and granite details still lend an air of imposing permanence. Lodgers and businesses rented the upstairs rooms while some of Anaconda’s best-known retailers occupied the storefronts below. The Goodfriend Clothing Co., the Kelly Commercial Co. grocery store, and other retailers operated here in the early 1900s. F. W. Woolworth’s five-and-dime store occupied the building from the mid-1930s to 1958. MacIntyre’s, in business in Anaconda since 1909, sold clothing here from 1960 to 2004. In 2006, new owners renovated the building and renamed it the Francisco Building, in honor of Robert and Mary Francisco, who owned MacIntyre’s for more than twenty years.


Parrot Block
Parrot Block Parrot Block. Front view of the building, facing north from the alley across on East Park Street. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, MT. Creator: Meredith Hamm, photographer Date: July 1994
Parrot Block
Parrot Block Parrot Block. Front view of the building, facing south on East Park Avenue. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Joe Furshong Date: July 2020


205-207 East Park Street, Anaconda, Montana | public


Montana National Register Sign Program, “Parrot Block,” Historic Montana, accessed June 17, 2024,