Filed Under Helena

Morris Silverman House

An unknown yet gifted architect created this glorious three-story residence with its turret, pillars, intricate ornamentation, and imaginative stained glass. Completed in 1892, the beautifully crafted residence well illustrates eclectic Victorian taste. The home is remarkable for its energy-efficient design, with twenty-seven windows to the east and south and five to the north. Strong brick lines are softened by three fanciful porches stacked pagoda style. The porches provide the home’s interior with shade in summer and maximized light in winter. Handsome oak graces the entry and front rooms while center rooms display the original hand-painted faux bois woodwork. Each floor boasts its own design of hardware. This impressive residence was well suited to its distinguished owner, pioneer Helena merchant and city council member Morris Silverman. A Jewish immigrant from Russian Poland, Silverman crossed the plains with teams of oxen, settling here in 1867. Silverman, a man of influence, in 1888 presided over the committee to establish the Jewish synagogue, which still stands a block away. After his death in 1931, Silverman’s daughter Dorothy, a Helena schoolteacher for almost forty years, lived here until her death in 1969. Although the 1935 earthquakes destroyed three elaborately paneled chimneys, the home appears today almost as it did in 1892, revealing a marvelously whimsical side to the otherwise straight-laced Victorian era.

Images

Morris Silverman House
Morris Silverman House Morris Silverman House, facing northwest on Rodney Street, side/front view. Source: MontanaPictures.net Creator: MontanaPictures.net Date: Apr. 2011
Morris Silverman House
Morris Silverman House Morris Silverman House (PAc 91-51 South Central Helena Roll11 F21). Front to side view of the house, facing west on North Rodney Street near the intersection of North Rodney and 9th Avenue. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1981
Morris Silverman House
Morris Silverman House Morris Silverman House (PAc 91-51 South Central Helena Roll11 F22). Front view of the house, facing northwest on North Rodney Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1981
Morris Silverman House
Morris Silverman House Morris Silverman House (PAc 91-51 South Central Helena Roll11 F23). Front to side view of the house, facing north to northwest on North Rodney Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1981

Location

412 North Rodney Street, Helena, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Morris Silverman House,” Historic Montana, accessed May 30, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/817.