Filed Under Havre

Valadon House

Havre Residential Historic District

Great Northern Railway trainmaster Charles B. Griffin built this Queen Anne style home circa 1902. The home’s cross-gabled roof, full wraparound porch (enclosed in 1959), and shingled gable ends reflect typical Queen Anne details. The interior features hardwood floors, stained-glass transom windows, and marble fireplace surrounds. In 1906 Charles sold the home to lawyer Florian Carnal. Florian, who became deputy county attorney in 1909, was ousted from the Montana Progressive Party in 1913 for being too progressive. Then, in 1919, he lost the house to creditors. Sheep rancher and real estate developer Joseph Valadon purchased the home that year. He immigrated to the U.S. from Flores, Portugal, in 1885 and spent nine years on the Pacific Coast before moving to Havre in 1894. He operated a successful sheep ranch in the Bears Paw Mountains but sold out in 1910 to pursue real estate. After purchasing this home, he traveled back to Portugal where he married Policeena Martins. They returned to Havre and raised four daughters in the home. Joseph died in 1950, and Policeena remained in residence until her death in 1992.


Valadon House
Valadon House Front view of facade Date: June 2024
Valadon House
Valadon House Southeast view of facade Source: Google Street View Date: August 2019


502 Third Avenue, Havre | private


Montana Historical Society, “Valadon House,” Historic Montana, accessed July 13, 2024,