Filed Under Helena

Ward House

Helena Historic District

Broad proportions and a horizontal emphasis combine with natural colors to make this classic bungalow a handsome ambassador of that popular style. The residence is unique to the district and an excellent example of early-twentieth-century affluence. Its original brick veneer was stylistically unusual; the present stucco cladding reflects repairs made after earthquakes devastated Helena in 1935. The home was built in 1912 for prosperous wool dealer Arthur Ward, a 48-year employee of the Goodkind Company, who lived here until his death in 1975. Shortly after moving into their new home, Ward planted a small tree as a gift to his wife, Alma; it now shelters the front yard. The interior of this exceptional residence reveals the Wards’ discriminating taste. Characteristic bungalow features include a wide staircase, landing windowseats that also provide storage, a built-in dining room hutch with beautiful leaded glass doors, and natural wood floors.

Images

Ward House
Ward House Ward House (PAc 91-51 South Central Helena Roll14 F12). Front to side view of the house, facing west on 5th Avenue near the intersection of 5th Avenue and North Davis Street next door to the Anna Pascoe House (to the left of the photograph, east of the house). B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1981
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Ward House Ward House. Front to side view of the house, facing south to southwest on 5th Avenue. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Joe Furshong Date: Sept. 2020
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Ward House Ward House. Front view of the house, facing south on 5th Avenue. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Joe Furshong Date: Sept. 2020
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Ward House Ward House. Close view of the front entry of the house, facing south on 5th Avenue. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Joe Furshong Date: Sept. 2020
Ward House
Ward House Ward House. Front to side view of the house, facing south to southeast on 5th Avenue. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Joe Furshong Date: Sept. 2020

Location

423 5th Avenue, Helena, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Ward House,” Historic Montana, accessed July 19, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/756.