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Belgrade City Hall and Jail

Incorporation in 1906 established Belgrade’s independence, but also created a need for local service offices. The Belgrade Bank, built in 1902, was already central to the town’s civic business as home of the telegraph line and newspaper. Though the structure’s castellated Gothic style rendered into western vernacular was reminiscent of the late 1880s, its formidable façade aptly represented hope for the town’s future stability. Noted Bozeman architect Fred F. Willson, then just launching his career, designed the addition to match and structurally join the older building. Completed in 1912, the new addition included the city jail and a second-floor theater. The glazed red brick façade features chimney-like extensions resembling battlements, while the brick parapet rises in the western false-front tradition. Originally, the parapet and cornice extended the length of both buildings, visually binding them together. A multipurpose building in the true sense, the Belgrade City Hall has served as police headquarters, fire station, court, library, post office, community hall, and even basketball court. Ironically, the older portion has lost its Gothic façade, but this 1912 structure remains one of two examples in the Gallatin Valley of this tenacious nineteenth-century style.


Belgrade City Hall and Jail
Belgrade City Hall and Jail Belgrade City Hall and Jail. Front to side view of the building, facing east on North Broadway Street. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Kingston Heath Date: May 1981


88 North Broadway Street, Belgrade, Montana | Public


The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Belgrade City Hall and Jail,” Historic Montana, accessed July 25, 2024,