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Attix Clinic

Lewistown Central Business Historic District

Dr. Frederick F. Attix came to Lewistown in 1901 where he set up one of the first local medical practices. Dr. Attix traveled 70,000 miles in his horse and buggy visiting patients in mining camps, often operating by lamplight in bunkhouses. On April 6, 1917, the same day the United States entered World War I, he and Dr. Frank Davis opened the Attix Clinic. Lewistown architects Wasmansdorff & Eastman designed the brick building, which was originally planned to carry five stories. Restrained brickwork, rusticated corner quoining, and a classical pediment at the roofline reflect the transition in western commercial architecture from the showy Victorian era to the less flamboyant twentieth century. Dr. Attix, who delivered some 1200 Fergus County residents, died in 1948 at St. Joseph’s Hospital where, in 1909, he had performed the facility’s first major operation. Although expansion of this building never occurred, the Attix Clinic continued to serve the community until 1955. 

Images

Attix Clinic, Lewistown, Montana
Attix Clinic, Lewistown, Montana Attix Clinic, Lewistown, Montana, front view of the building facing west on West Main Street. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Unknown Date: 1920's
Attix Building, Lewistown, Montana
Attix Building, Lewistown, Montana Attix Building, Lewistown, Montana, front view of building facing northwest on West Main Street. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Culver/Brenner Collection Date: June 1919
618 West Main, Lewistown
618 West Main, Lewistown View looking northeast at Attix Clinic, 618 West Main St. Creator: Christine Brown, Montana Historical Society Date: Aug 2019

Location

618 West Main Street, Lewistown, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Attix Clinic,” Historic Montana, accessed April 15, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/347.