Filed Under Lewistown

Bon Ton

Lewistown Central Business Historic District

Built around 1893, the Bon-Ton is one of four remaining pre-1900 masonry structures in the Central Business Historic District. The term bon-ton means “a good or elegant form or style; regarded as fashionably correct.” This structure is an excellent example of early brick remodeling on stone and its construction likely supported the Croatian stonemasons who settled in Lewistown towards the end of the nineteenth century. The Bon-Ton serves as an excellent example of early commercial building design. The building originally housed the Carson Saloon. William A. Carson tended the bar and operated a boarding house on the second floor. A former lodger of Carson’s, Charles Williams, opened the Bon-Ton Confectionery in the building in 1908 featuring an early soda fountain. Mrs. Florence Williams took over operation of the Bon-Ton Rooming House in 1912. The Williams family operated the business continuously for over seventy-six years. The Bon-Ton building has served Lewistown continuously since the late nineteenth century and remains a vital part of the commercial district as the city embarks on the twenty-first century.

Images

Lewistown, Montana Main Street View of the north side of the 300 block of Main Street, Lewistown, Montana. The signs for the Book Hollow store and the Bon Ton show in the photo. Source: Montana Memory Project Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: 1994
312 West Main St., Lewistown View looking north at Bon Ton storefront. Creator: Christine Brown, Montana Historical Society Date: Aug 2019

Location

312 West Main Street, Lewistown, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Bon Ton,” Historic Montana, accessed February 8, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/349.