Filed Under Bozeman

Merrill R. Good Residence

Bon Ton Historic District

Architect Hurlbert C. Cheever, fresh out of graduate school, designed this charming Tudor style cottage in 1934 for his university colleague, Merrill R. Good. Both young men were professors at Montana State College (now Montana State University), each on the brink of a stellar career. Cheever became head and supervising architect of the School of Architecture while Professor Good is credited with organizing the Industrial Engineering Department. The picturesque home may have been an experiment; certainly it is one of Cheever's first professional projects. With Good's engineering abilities and Cheever's eye for architectural design, the two likely collaborated. The Tudor style was at its peak in the 1930s and Cheever's expression of it is elegant and straightforward, showcasing the varied surfaces of stone, board-and-batten, and weatherboard that are a Tudor hallmark. Professor Good, his wife Clara, and their two children were in residence here until 1948. In 1996 during home repairs, owners were thrilled to discover a snuff box nailed to a stud; the contents revealed Cheever's connection to the house.

Images

Merrill R. Good Residence Merrill R. Good Residence. Front to side view of the house, facing north on West Cleveland Street. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Patricia Bick Date: Apr. 1987

Location

115 West Cleveland Street, Bozeman, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Merrill R. Good Residence,” Historic Montana, accessed February 4, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/542.