Filed Under Lewistown

Power Mercantile Building

Lewistown Central Business Historic District

Possibly one of the first architect-designed stone buildings along Main Street, the Power Mercantile Building is the most visible example of Lewistown’s stone architecture. Merchant Francis Janeaux became indebted to supplier T. C. Power and lost his buildings, merchandise, and some lots to cover his $5,096 debt. The Power Brothers established the Power Mercantile Company in 1883 and dispatched N. M. Erickson to run the operation. Erickson petitioned for a post office designation for Lewistown and became the city’s first postmaster on March 10, 1884. Erickson remained managing partner of Power Mercantile until his death in 1894. W. D. Symmes filled Erickson’s vacant post and ultimately became sole proprietor of the mercantile. Active in Lewistown’s development, Symmes served two non-consecutive terms as mayor. The well-established business moved into this larger stone facility in 1901. The mercantile continued to flourish, expanding with a matching addition in 1913. The addition connected the store on Main Street with the warehouse on Broadway. Eventually Power Mercantile occupied most of the 300 block of Main Street.

Images

Power Mercantile Building, Lewistown, Montana
Power Mercantile Building, Lewistown, Montana Power Mercantile Building, front view of the building, facing north on Main Street. F.W. Woolworth Co. and Anthony's Department Store rented the building in later years. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: 1994
Power Mercantile Building, Lewistown, Montana
Power Mercantile Building, Lewistown, Montana Power Mercantile Building, Power Mercantile expanded its business from 302 W. Main Street to the back at 301 W. Broadway Street. This was their warehouse built in 1908. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: 1945
Power Mercantile Building, Lewistown, Montana
Power Mercantile Building, Lewistown, Montana Power Mercantile Building, view of the extension of the Power Mercantile building at 301 W. Broadway. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: 1940
Power Mercantile Building, Lewistown, Montana
Power Mercantile Building, Lewistown, Montana Power Mercantile Building; The second Power Mercantile building was located at 301 W. Main, Lewistown, MT. Signs on the building read "Power Mercantile Co. Dealer in General Merchandise." "Groceries, Clothing and Dry Good" "Furniture, Boots and Shoes and Men's Goods". In 1901 the Power Mercantile built a third store across the street at 302 W. Main. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: 1890
Power Mercantile Co., Lewistown, Montana
Power Mercantile Co., Lewistown, Montana Power Mercantile Building; Located at 302 W. Main and was built in 1901 by the Power Mercantile Co. The Power Mercantile Co. was started by T.C. Power when he bought out Francis Janeaux's Trading Post in 1883. This was the 3rd building called Power Mercantile. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: 1950
302 West Main St., Lewistown
302 West Main St., Lewistown View looking northwest at Power Mercantile building. Creator: Christine Brown, Montana Historical Society Date: Aug 2019
Power Mercantile Block
Power Mercantile Block Photo of storefronts. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Tom Ferris, photographer Date: 27 August, 2022
Power Mercantile Block
Power Mercantile Block Photo of building details. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Tom Ferris, photographer Date: 27 October, 2022

Location

302 West Main Street, Lewistown, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Power Mercantile Building,” Historic Montana, accessed April 20, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/359.