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Havre Residential Historic District

The Havre Residential Historic District represents Havre’s economic growth and social change from 1895 to the 1940s. Located primarily at the district’s northwestern edge, turn-of-the-century homes of the social and business elite are large residences built in Queen Anne/Colonial Revival and Neo-Colonial styles. Their owners’ fortunes were made from providing supplies and services to soldiers at nearby Fort Assinniboine, homesteaders, and Great Northern Railway employees. As a railroad division point, Havre became home to white-collar workers who built smaller homes in the district. By 1907, the Craftsman bungalow was the preferred housing style. These smaller, one- or one-and-a-half-story dwellings reflect the security of the middle class in Montana during the first decades of the twentieth century. Havre’s establishment as Hill County seat in 1912 coincided with the Progressive political movement that sought clean cities with suitable housing for all. Between 1913 and 1917, the Home Builders Investment Company—created by local Progressives—built more than 100 homes. Post World War I depression dampened construction in the district, but late-1920s railroad expansion caused a housing boom. Homes subsequently built here during the Great Depression utilized lower-cost materials and simpler designs.

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Images

100 Block of 3rd Street 100 Block of 3rd Street (PAc 91-51 East Havre R01 F02). View of the 100 block of 3rd Street, facing east to southeast on the corner of 3rd Street and 1st Avenue. The John H. Mathews House (2nd house down) and the Boone/Dalrymple House (3rd house down) are featured in this photograph. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Mar. 1989
26 Block of 3rd Street 26 Block of 3rd Street (PAc 91-51 East Havre R01 F03). View of the 26 block of 3rd Street, facing east to southeast on the corner of 3rd Street and Montana Avenue. The Gussenhoven House (1st house down) is featured as the focal point in this photograph. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Mar. 1989
400 Block of 4th Avenue 400 Block of 4th Avenue (PAc 91-51 East Havre R01 F07) View of the 400 block of 4th Avenue, facing north to northeast on the corner of 4th Avenue and 5th Street. The corner building in the photograph is the Havre Carnegie Public Library and up the block across the street (to the left, not pictured) is the Crosson-VanBuskirk Home on the 400 block of 4th Avenue. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Mar. 1989
Havre Residential Historic District Havre Residential Historic District. Overview of the 600 block of 4th Avenue of the historic district, facing north to northwest at the intersection of 4th Avenue and 7th Street. Source: Havre-Hill County Historic Preservation Commission Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: Date unknown

Location

Roughly bounded by 3rd Street, 7th Avenue, 11th Street, 5th Avenue, 10th Street, 3rd Avenue, 7th Street, and 1st Avenue, Havre, Montana | Private/Public

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Havre Residential Historic District,” Historic Montana, accessed February 1, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/644.