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Seventh Avenue Gymnasium

Helena Historic District

The sale of bonds allowed construction of this combination two-story brick gymnasium and central heating plant, completed in 1908. Its boiler system heated the two schools, auditorium, and public library that once sprawled across the block. Attorney E. C. Day played a key role in planning the functional building; F. Jacoby and Son received the construction bid. A regulation-size basketball court, banked running track, manual training room, showers with hot and cold water, and lockers of perforated steel “to make them as sanitary as possible” made the facility the “best equipped gymnasium in the state.” The $26,000 building served Helena High School until the 1930s when a new high school was built. Central School then acquired use of the gymnasium. While the other buildings original to the block no longer stand, this well-used survivor supplied heat to Central School until 1993 and continues to provide an activity area for the children.

Images

Seventh Avenue Gymnasium
Seventh Avenue Gymnasium Seventh Avenue Gymnasium, facing northwest on 7th Avenue near Central School, side/front view of building. Source: MontanaPictures.net Creator: MontanaPictures.net Date: Apr. 2011
Seventh Avenue Gymnasium
Seventh Avenue Gymnasium Seventh Avenue Gymnasium. Front/side view of the building, facing north to northwest on 7th Avenue. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Kate Hampton Date: May 2013
Seventh Avenue Gymnasium
Seventh Avenue Gymnasium Seventh Avenue Gymnasium. Front/side view of the building, facing north to northeast on the corner of 7th Avenue and Cruse Avenue near the old Helena Independent Record building. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Kate Hampton Date: May 2013
Seventh Avenue Gymnasium
Seventh Avenue Gymnasium Seven Avenue Gymnasium. Side/front view of the building, facing east to northeast on the corner of 7th Avenue and Cruse Avenue. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Kate Hampton Date: May 2013
Seventh Avenue Gymnasium
Seventh Avenue Gymnasium Seventh Avenue Gymnasium. Side/rear view of the building, facing east to southeast on Cruse Avenue near Central School. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Kate Hampton Date: May 2013
Seventh Avenue Gymnasium
Seventh Avenue Gymnasium Seventh Avenue Gymnasium. Rear view of the building, facing south from the playground on the campus of Central School. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Kate Hampton Date: May 2013
Seventh Avenue Gymnasium
Seventh Avenue Gymnasium Seventh Avenue Gymnasium. Side view of the building, facing west from the blacktop playground on the campus of Central School near the employee/faculty parking lot. Mount Helena settles in the background beyond the gymnasium building and the furnace stack is visible in its entirety. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Kate Hampton Date: May 2013
Seventh Avenue Gymnasium
Seventh Avenue Gymnasium Seventh Avenue Gymnasium. Side/front view of the building, facing west to northwest from 7th Avenue near the employee/faculty staff parking lot of Central School. The furnace stack is clearly visible in the photograph in it's entirety. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office Creator: Kate Hampton Date: May 2013

Location

110 7th Avenue, Helena, Montana | Public

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Seventh Avenue Gymnasium,” Historic Montana, accessed April 14, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/744.