Filed Under Helena

Western Clay Manufacturing Company Bray House

Enclosed within the walls of this distinguished residence is the one-story log cabin young Charles Bray built for himself during the 1880s. A native of England, Bray came to Helena in 1884 to work for C. C. Thurston, first owner of the adjacent brickworks. A change in owners in 1885 brought Bray a promotion to manager under Nicholas Kessler. Wood-frame additions and upper stories chronicle Bray’s increasing prosperity in the climb from employee to company owner. The peak of the company’s production corresponds to the home’s final building phase—the addition of brick veneer—in the 1920s. Charles lived in the home until his death in 1931, and his widow, Elizabeth, remained until her death in 1955. Grandson Archie, Jr., whose father established the Archie Bray Foundation, lived here managing the brickyard until it closed in 1960.

Images

Bray House
Bray House Bray House (PAc 91-51 Archie Bray Foundation Roll01 F01). Side view of the house, facing northwest in the lawn area. Winter scene. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Fredric L. Quivik Date: Dec., 1984
Bray House
Bray House Bray House (PAc 91-51 Archie Bray Foundation Roll01 F02). Front view of the house, facing southwest. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Fredric L. Quivik Date: Dec., 1984
Bray House
Bray House Bray House (PAc 91-51 Archie Bray Foundation Roll01 F04). Side view of the house, facing southeast. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Fredric L. Quivik Date: Dec., 1984
Western Bray House
Western Bray House View of back from Archie Bray parking lot Source: iPhone SE digital image Creator: Dan R-A Date: June 2022
Western Bray House
Western Bray House View of side (thank you to the property owner for allowing me this shot) Source: iPhone SE digital image Creator: Dan R-A Date: June 2022
Tatem-Young House
Tatem-Young House View of front from Country Club Road Source: iPhone SE digital image Creator: Dan R-A Date: June 2022

Location

2915 Country Club Road, Helena, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Western Clay Manufacturing Company Bray House,” Historic Montana, accessed July 25, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/823.