Filed Under Lewistown

Lewistown Silk Stocking Historic District

The seven large residences that comprise Lewistown’s mansion, hence “silk stocking,” district were built during the city’s period of greatest prosperity, from 1904 to 1919. In this small neighborhood, central Montana’s major entrepreneurs, whose fortunes represent historic area resource development, built their homes. In 1904, J. T. Wunderlin, a partner in the Barnes-King gold mine at Kendall and an organizer of the Empire Bank and Trust of Lewistown, built his home here. Rancher George Wiedeman built his home in 1905, better able to follow his interests in the Montana Hardware Company and the Lewistown Brick and Tile Company. In the following years, homes were also built by Weymouth D. Symmes, owner of Power Mercantile and a Lewistown mayor; by John Waite, pioneer sheep rancher, banker, and state senator; by department store owner E. C. Swietzer; by rancher-businessman Fred Warren; and by banker T. T. Taylor. Many of these homes were designed by architects. Note the variety of styles—Roman Revival, Shingle style, Arts and Crafts, and Georgian. They attest to the exuberance of this special era in Lewistown’s history.

Images

Homes of Lewistown, Montana Homes on the 200 block of Boulevard Street (north side). Left is the W.D. Symmes residence (built 1909) center is the Fred Warren residence (built 1915) right is the George J. Wiedeman residence (built in 1905). They are part of the Silk Stocking District. Source: Montana Memory Project Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: 1945
Homes of Lewistown, Montana Homes on the 200 block of Boulevard Street (north side). In the center is the Fred Warren residence (built 1915) right is the George J. Wiedeman residence (built in 1905). They are part of the Silk Stocking District. Source: Montana Memory Project Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: Unknown
Washington Street, Lewistown, Montana View from 6th Avenue North looking down on Washington Street. The white building (center left) is the first built Methodist Church. Source: Montana Memory Project Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: Between 1900 and 1903
Symmes Home, Lewistown, Montana Lewistown Silk Stocking Historic District, photograph of the W.D. Symmes Home on West Boulevard Street; front view of the house, facing north on West Boulevard Street. Source: Montana Memory Project Creator: Lewistown Historic Preservation Office, Lewistown, Montana Date: Unknown
Homes of Lewistown, Montana W.D. Symmes residence, built 1909 and located at 220 W. Boulevard. It is part of the Silk Stocking District. Front/side view of the house, facing north on West Boulevard Street. Source: Montana Memory Project Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: Between 1915 and 1920
Waite Home, Lewistown, Montana Lewistown Silk Stocking Historic District, the home of John Waite located on the corner of West Boulevard Street and Third Avenue North; front/side view of house, facing south on West Boulevard Street. Source: Montana Memory Project Creator: Lewistown Historic Preservation Office, Lewistown, Montana Date: Unknown
Homes of Lewistown, Montana Lewistown Silk Stocking Historic District; John D. Waite residence 316 3rd Avenue North. It was built in 1909. Side view of the house, facing south on West Boulevard Street. Source: Montana Memory Project Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: Unknown
Homes of Lewistown, Montana Lewistown Silk Stocking Historic District; Sweitzer residence at 315 3rd Avenue North. It was built in 1919. Residence is situated across the street from the John D. Waite residence. Front view of the house, facing northeast on Third Avenue North. Source: Montana Memory Project Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: Unknown
Homes of Lewistown, Montana Lewistown Silk Stocking Historic District; Sweitzer residence at 315 3rd Avenue North. It was built in 1919. Front/side view of the house, facing east on Third Avenue North. Source: Montana Memory Project Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: Unknown
Homes of Lewistown, Montana Lewistown Silk Stocking Historic District; This was the residence of T.T. Taylor who was a banker. It was built in 1919 at 215 W. Boulevard. It is part of the Silk Stocking District. Front/side view of the house, facing east on West Boulevard Street. Source: Montana Memory Project Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: Unknown
Homes of Lewistown, Montana Lewistown Silk Stocking Historic District; J.T. Wunderlin home at 222 W. Washington. It was built in 1905. The original owner was Edmund Wright. Front/side view of the house, facing north on West Washington Street. Source: Montana Memory Project Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: Unknown
Homes of Lewistown, Montana Lewistown Silk Stocking Historic District; J.T. Wunderlin home at 222 W. Washington. It was built in 1905. The original owner was Edmund Wright. Front/side view similar to previous photograph of home, facing north on West Washington Street. Source: Montana Memory Project Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: Unknown

Location

Roughly bounded by 2nd Avenue, Boulevard and Washington Streets and 3rd Avenue, Lewistown, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Lewistown Silk Stocking Historic District,” Historic Montana, accessed December 3, 2022, https://historicmt.org/items/show/380.