Filed Under Helena

Lewis and Clark County Jail

Helena Historic District

Masterful stonework of local granite in the Romanesque style creates a somber effect in this 1890 institution. The corner tower (which lost its battlements in the 1935 earthquakes), thick stone lintels, and heavy arches recall the romantic nineteenth-century notion that a structure’s appearance should match its function. This unusual and evocative building with its powerful medieval quality was designed by the Helena firm of Paulson and McConnell under contract with the Detroit Safe and Lock Company. It continued to serve as the county jail until the early 1980s.

Images

Lewis and Clark County Jail
Lewis and Clark County Jail Lewis and Clark County Jail, facing northeast on North Ewing Street across the street from the Lewis and Clark County Courthouse, front/side view of building. Source: MontanaPictures.net Creator: MontanaPictures.net Date: Feb. 2009
Lewis and Clark County Jail
Lewis and Clark County Jail Lewis and Clark County Jail. Exterior view of the Lewis and Clark County Jail. Front/side view of the building, facing southeast on East Ewing Street. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: Unknown
Lewis and Clark County Jail
Lewis and Clark County Jail Lewis and Clark County Jail (PAc 91-51 South Central Helena Roll06 F06). Front to side view of the building, facing south to southeast at the intersection of North Ewing Street and Breckenridge Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1981
Lewis and Clark County Jail
Lewis and Clark County Jail Lewis and Clark County Jail (PAc 91-51 South Central Helena Roll14 F01). Front to side view of the building, facing east to southeast from the grounds of the Lewis and Clark County Courthouse. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1981

Location

15 North Ewing Street, Helena, Montana | Public

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Lewis and Clark County Jail,” Historic Montana, accessed March 2, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/722.