Filed Under Helena

Elisha and Joseph Poad House

Helena Historic District

Elisha Poad arrived in Helena in 1867 by way of mining camps in California and Nevada. Poad was a native of Cornwall, England, an area with over two thousand years of mining history. Attracted to Helena's placer mines, he was later associated with the New Water Company. Elisha's son Joseph also mined—both on his own account and in an industrial quartz mine. By 1890, Elisha and his wife Grace lived in the south half of this brick dwelling (built before 1888), while Joseph and his wife Mary Anne lived in the north half. The Poads soon expanded the duplex, where family members resided for more than sixty years. By 1892, the one-story building had grown to a substantial two-and-one-half stories, and a brick one-story addition stood where a log chicken coop had been. The ornately trimmed full-length front porch provides the vernacular building's primary embellishment. Turned columns with carved brackets support the porch cornice; turned spindles adorn the frieze; and turned balusters make up the wooden railing. Mass-produced, precut details placed such architectural ornamentation within reach of homeowners of all income levels. 


Elisha and Joseph Poad House, streetview
Elisha and Joseph Poad House, streetview Still image capture of 502-504 West Main Street, Helena, Montana. Image information drawn from related resources in the Poad house files at the State Historic Preservation Office. Information is not recorded on print verso. b&w print Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana Creator: Unidentified Date: ca. 1989
Poad House
Poad House View of facade Source: iPhone SE digital image Creator: Dan R-A Date: June 2022


502-504 West Main Street, Helena, Montana | Private


The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Elisha and Joseph Poad House,” Historic Montana, accessed July 12, 2024,