Filed Under Lewistown

Knerr-Tubb Block / Armory Hall

Lewistown Central Business Historic District

Rubble stone construction with brick veneer became Main Street’s preferred design after 1909. The elegant façade of this business block is an early example of the newer style, constructed before 1911 when locally produced bricks became available. Ground-floor businesses offered food and libation at the Montana Buffet or pool and billiards next door at Spring and Eldred’s. Upstairs, dance enthusiasts “tripped the light fantastic” at charity and dress balls, weekly dances, and dance classes. In 1914, Professor Oswald of Seattle taught the latest steps like the Hesitation Waltz and the tango. The exaggerated height, arched windows, and decorative sheet metal cornice of the upper floor appear today as they did in 1909.

Images

Knerr-Tubb Block/Armory
Knerr-Tubb Block/Armory Knerr-Tubb Block/Armory, front view of the building, facing north on West Main Street. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Unknown Date: 1910
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Knerr-Tubb building, Lewistown, Montana

Knerr-Tubb building, Lewistown, Montana
Group of painters on the north side of the 100 block of Main Street. The Knerr-Tubb building was built in 1909. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Photographer, unknown Date: ca. 1910-1919
116 West Main St., Lewistown
116 West Main St., Lewistown View looking northeast at Knerr-Tubb block. Creator: Christine Brown, Montana Historical Society Date: Aug 2019
116 West Main St., Lewistown
116 West Main St., Lewistown View looking northwest at Knerr-Tubb block. Creator: Christine Brown, Montana Historical Society Date: Aug 2019

Location

116 West Main Street, Lewistown, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Knerr-Tubb Block / Armory Hall,” Historic Montana, accessed March 2, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/344.