Filed Under Lewistown

Montana Building

Lewistown Central Business Historic District

This elaborate six-story brick structure represents a visible sign of the stability and prosperity in Lewistown in 1916 and stands as the architectural anchor of the Central Business District. The construction of this mixed Neoclassical and Revival style building signaled the end of the town’s greatest period of growth. Designed by J. G. Link and C. S. Haire, the building reflects the construction methods and materials of the period, reinforced by the stunning white terra cotta Beaux Arts style façade. The Montana Building originally housed the Bank of Fergus County and the Montana Hardware Company. Drought and depression created a period of anxiety for building owners and the county eventually acquired partial ownership in lieu of taxes. A massive homestead exodus in 1924 led to the bank’s closure. In response, the First National Bank was established and opened in the building in December 1924. Montana Hardware relocated in 1960 and the bank expanded to occupy the entire first floor. The Montana Building is an excellent example of this period and a monument to the community’s optimism.

Images

Montana Building, Lewistown, Montana Montana Building, front view of the building, facing west on Main Street. Source: Montana Memory Project Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: Between 1950-1959
Montana Building, Lewistown, Montana Montana Building, front/side view of the building, facing north near the intersection of Main Street and Third Avenue North. Construction workers are putting the final touches on the building. Source: Montana Memory Project Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: 1917
Montana Building, Lewistown, Montana Montana Building, front/side view of the building on the corner of Third Avenue North and Main Street, facing north at the intersection. Source: Montana Memory Project Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: Unknown
Montana Building Montana Building, facing west on West Main Street, front/side view. Source: MontanaPictures.net Creator: MontanaPictures.net Date: Sept. 2004
Montana Building Montana Building, facing north on West Main Street, front/side view along 3rd Avenue North. Source: MontanaPictures.net Creator: MontanaPictures.net Date: Sept. 2004

Location

222 West Main Street, Lewistown, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Montana Building,” Historic Montana, accessed February 8, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/357.