Filed Under Helena

Henry M. Parchen Residence

Helena South-Central Historic District

Professor T. F. Campbell built a log cabin on this corner where he opened Helena’s first public school in 1865. Druggist Henry M. Parchen founded his long-time Helena apothecary that same year. Parchen acquired this property circa 1872 and commissioned Fred Heinlein as architect. Heinlen and his partner, Thomas Mathias, later became prominent, designing the Masonic Temple at Jackson and Broadway, as well as numerous other Helena landmarks. Then located on the very outskirts of town, the Parchen home was one of the community’s most luxurious early residences, and prominent Helenans considered this a choice neighborhood. In 1884, an outhouse and the family’s stable (now the residence next door) stood behind the house to the west. By 1888, the Parchens had updated the home with brick veneer and added a third bay on the west. Installation of the latest innovation—indoor plumbing—was likely added around this time. Despite a fire, earthquakes, and conversion to apartments, the home retains its 1870s L-shaped footprint. Half-round windows in the gables are perhaps its most charming feature.

Images

Henry M. Parchen Residence Henry M. Parchen Residence. Front to side view of the house, facing southeast on Broadway Street. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Joe Furshong Date: June-Aug. 2019
Henry M. Parchen Residence Henry M. Parchen Residence. Front view of the house, facing south on Broadway Street near the intersection of Broadway and Rodney Street. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Joe Furshong Date: June-Aug. 2019
Henry M. Parchen Residence Henry M. Parchen Residence. Front to side view of the house, facing southwest on the corner of South Rodney Street and Broadway Street. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Joe Furshong Date: June-Aug. 2019
Henry M. Parchen Residence Henry M. Parchen Residence. Side view of the house, facing west on South Rodney Street near the intersection of South Rodney and Broadway Street. Digital photograph. Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Joe Furshong Date: June-Aug. 2019
Henry M. Parchen Residence Henry M. Parchen Residence (PAc 91-51 South Central Helena Roll17 F13). Front view of the house, facing south on East Broadway Street near the corner of East Broadway and North Rodney Street across the street to the west of the Woodman S. Paynter House. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1981

Location

327 East Broadway Street, Helena, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Henry M. Parchen Residence,” Historic Montana, accessed December 5, 2022, https://historicmt.org/items/show/782.