Filed Under Philipsburg

Morse Hall

Philipsburg Historic Disctrict

Colonel J. W. Morse built Morse Hall in 1887. This elaborately detailed public lecture hall also served as county courthouse after 1893, as well as an opera house, town hall, library, and general community center. Its splendid second-story dance floor was the scene of many gala community dances as well as basketball games. The pressed metal cornice, hood moldings, and full storefront supported by cast-iron columns make this building a fine example of commercial vernacular architecture.

Images

Morse Hall Morse Hall, facing north on Broadway Street, front view of façade, digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: June 2019
Morse Hall Morse Hall, facing northeast on Broadway Street, front/side view of the building, digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: June 2019
Morse Hall Morse Hall, facing northwest on Broadway Street, front/side view of the building, digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: June 2019
Morse Hall Morse Hall. Facing northwest on Broadway Street, front/side view of the building. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1980-1984

Location

217 East Broadway Street, Philipsburg, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Morse Hall,” Historic Montana, accessed December 3, 2022, https://historicmt.org/items/show/632.