Filed Under Helena

Kenck & Company Saloon / King & Nuss Grocers

Helena Historic District

In the wake of disastrous fires of the previous decade, brick buildings like this mid-1880s combination business and rooming house gradually displaced less substantial frame constructions. F. J. Kenck’s saloon originally shared space with King and Nuss’s grocery/feed store, while second-floor furnished rooms helped alleviate a housing shortage. In 1918, Prohibition interrupted the saloon business until 1939, when new owner Frank Jester opened his tavern. Today this refined Italianate style building, with its flat roof, bracketed cornice, arched windows, and thirteen interior chimneys, continues to serve its intended function, recalling the neighborhood prosperity that followed on the heels of the Northern Pacific Railroad.

Images

Kenck & Company Saloon/King & Nuss Grocers Kenck & Company Saloon/King & Nuss Grocers (PAc 91-51 South Central Helena Roll15 F21). Front to side view of the building, facing west to northwest from the corner of North Rodney Street and 5th Avenue. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1981
Kenck & Company Saloon/King & Nuss Grocers Kenck & Company Saloon/King & Nuss Grocers (PAc 91-51 South Central Helena Roll15 F22). Side to front view of the building, facing northwest on the corner of North Rodney Street and 5th Avenue. Close view of the side of the building that runs along 5th Avenue and the corner entry. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1981

Location

200-202 North Rodney Street, Helena, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Kenck & Company Saloon / King & Nuss Grocers,” Historic Montana, accessed February 4, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/718.