Filed Under Bozeman

Hotel Bozeman

Main Street Historic District

Bitter cold was no deterrent in March 1891 as a jubilant, elegantly attired crowd of 500 gathered to celebrate the opening of Bozeman’s first-class hotel. Its completion marked the town’s coming of age and added a decidedly urban formality to what was still a rural community. Hoping their town would become the state capital in the 1892 statewide election, citizens raised $20,000 and an optimistic group of Boston capitalists put up $100,000 to construct the 136-room hotel. George Hancock designed the vernacular Romanesque style building. The arched windows, elaborate stained glass, and five-story turreted bay graced an unpaved Main Street. Inside, modern amenities included steam heat, fire escapes, call bells, a formal dining room, an elevator, and a ladies’ parlor. Although the town lost its capital bid, the fine hotel long reflected the winning enthusiasm of Bozeman’s avid supporters. Renovation in 1974 changed the interior, but a carved stair, part of the pressed-tin lobby ceiling, and several ornate cast-iron columns remain to document the grandeur of this landmark hotel.

Images

Hotel Bozeman
Hotel Bozeman Hotel Bozeman. Front view of the building, facing north to northeast on East Main Street near the Bozeman Hotel Annex to the left in the photograph. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Joe Furshong Date: June-Aug. 2019
Hotel Bozeman, Bozeman, MT
Hotel Bozeman, Bozeman, MT Hotel Bozeman. Side view of the building, facing northwest on North Rouse Avenue. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Joe Furshong, photographer Date: June-Aug. 2019
Hotel Bozeman, Bozeman, MT
Hotel Bozeman, Bozeman, MT Detail view of exterior window with arched header, arched stained glass windows, and stone lintel. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Joe Furshong, photographer Date: June-Aug. 2019
Hotel Bozeman, Bozeman, MT
Hotel Bozeman, Bozeman, MT Interior view of spindlework staircase railing. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Joe Furshong, photographer Date: June-Aug. 2019
Hotel Bozeman, Bozeman, MT
Hotel Bozeman, Bozeman, MT Interior entrance hall. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Joe Furshong, photographer Date: June-Aug. 2019
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Hotel Bozeman Photo of hotel facade. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Tom Ferris, photographer Date: 3 August, 2021
Hotel Bozeman
Hotel Bozeman Photo of interior stained-glass window. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Tom Ferris, photographer Date: 3 August, 2021

Location

321 East Main Street, Bozeman, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Hotel Bozeman,” Historic Montana, accessed April 23, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/566.