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Ingram House

Helena South-Central Historic District

Contractors Anton and Martin Holter, who operated Helena’s first sawmill, built this frame residence as a rental investment in 1888. Developers like the wealthy Holter brothers built a number of south-central residences during the prosperous 1880s, transforming this once rural area into a settled neighborhood. On its spacious corner fronting narrow Spencer Street, this appealing residence in the Greek Revival style features a full-width porch with central pediment and front gable roof. The porch, now enclosed, retains its nineteenth-century details, including chamfered wood posts with simple capitals and denticulated cornice. A transom and sidelights further ornament the paneled entry door. Despite a recent addition, the original floorplan remains wholly intact. The first known tenant was John Arkell, who lived in the home from 1889 to1892. Family members included a railroad clerk, a stenographer, and a student. By 1898, George Ingram, his wife Minnie, and their two children had rented the home. Ingram, a longtime Helena insurance agent, eventually purchased the property and remained here until 1921.

Images

Ingram House
Ingram House Ingram House. Front to side view of the house, facing east to northeast on the corner of Spencer Street and Pine Street. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: Jan. 2020
Ingram House
Ingram House Ingram House. Front view of the house, facing east on Spencer Street near the intersection of Spencer and Pine Street. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Michael Connolly Date: Jan. 2020

Location

237 Spencer Street, Helena, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Ingram House,” Historic Montana, accessed March 5, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/778.