Filed Under Helena

Federal Reserve Bank

Helena Historic District (Boundary Increase)

The Helena branch of the Federal Reserve Bank opened in 1921, the result of lobbying by Norman B. Holter and other farsighted local businessmen. It distinguished Helena as the smallest town in the country to host such a bank. When the 1935 earthquakes destroyed the first structure, Montana architect George Shanley was commissioned to design a new facility. Completed in 1938 and expanded to two stories in 1945, the Art Moderne style building reflects Helena’s prominence as the financial heart of the state.

Images

Federal Reserve Bank Federal Reserve Bank. Front to side view of the building, facing northwest at the intersection of North Park Avenue and Lawrence Street near the First Unitarian Church of Helena (Grandstreet Theater). Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: Jan. 2020
Federal Reserve Bank Federal Reserve Bank. Front view of the building, facing west on North Park Avenue from City Lot 2 parking lot. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: Jan. 2020
Federal Reserve Bank Federal Reserve Bank. Front to side view of the building, facing southwest on North Park Avenue. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: Jan. 2020

Location

400 North Park Avenue, Helena, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Federal Reserve Bank,” Historic Montana, accessed February 4, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/701.