Filed Under Helena

20 South Rodney Street

Helena South-Central Historic District

A small L-shaped dwelling with a full-length front porch stood on this lot by 1875 according to an early bird's-eye map of Helena. German Catholic rancher Herman Rosenbaum and his wife Mary purchased the house in 1879. The neighborhood was perfect for the Rosenbaums. Two Catholic schools, a convent, a Catholic hospital, and Helena's first cathedral later replaced by St. Helena's made for a thriving Catholic presence just north and west of Rodney Street. The proximity of St. Vincent's Academy for Girls—Montana's first boarding school, which stood where the St. John's  building is now— likely appealed to the Rosenbaums, whose daughters attended the academy. Herman arrived in the Helena valley in the 1860s, where he found success supplying beef and farm products to Montana's booming mining towns. Like many successful ranchers, the Rosenbaums lived in town part of the year, allowing their children to attend school. Herman died in 1889, but the family remained in residence until 1903. The family built a rear addition before 1890 and others further expanded the original L-shaped structure.

Images

20 South Rodney Street 20 South Rodney Street (PAc 91-51 South Central Helena Roll09 F08). Front view of the house, facing west to northwest on South Rodney Street with a close view of the two entry doors. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1981
20 South Rodney Street 20 South Rodney Street. Front view of the house, facing west on South Rodney Street. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Joe Furshong Date: June-Aug. 2019
20 South Rodney Street 20 South Rodney Street. Front to side view of the house, facing northwest on South Rodney Street. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Joe Furshong Date: June-Aug. 2019
20 South Rodney Street 20 South Rodney Street. Front view of the house, facing west on South Rodney Street. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Joe Furshong Date: June-Aug. 2019

Location

20 South Rodney Street, Helena, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “20 South Rodney Street,” Historic Montana, accessed February 4, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/761.