Filed Under Helena

Uncle Sam's Block

Helena Historic District

The Montana National Bank, the first bank chartered in Montana Territory, was located on this site in 1866. A housing shortage during the 1880s prompted the construction of this three-story rooming house in 1887. The French Second Empire-inspired style features a straight mansard roof with caboose dormers and heavily pedimented windows. The first floor originally housed small shops, then served as a warehouse for the Kessler Brewery. Weggenman’s Market occupied the space from the 1940s until the building was extensively remodeled during Urban Renewal in the early 1970s.

Images

Uncle Sam's Block
Uncle Sam's Block Uncle Sam's Block. Front to side view of the building, facing west to northwest on South Last Chance Gulch near the intersection of South Last Chance and Wong Street. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: Jan. 2020
Uncle Sam's Block
Uncle Sam's Block Uncle Sam's Block. Front to side view of the building, facing north on Wong Street from the Lewis and Clark County Library parking lot. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: Jan. 2020
Uncle Sam's Block
Uncle Sam's Block Uncle Sam's Block. Front to side view of the building, facing northeast on Wong Street from City Lot 9 South. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: Jan. 2020

Location

62 South Last Chance Gulch, Helena, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Uncle Sam's Block,” Historic Montana, accessed June 16, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/755.