Filed Under Virginia City

Bennett House

Virginia City National Historic Landmark District

New Yorker Alden J. Bennett, a versatile college educated engineer, arrived at Virginia City in 1870. After teaching, ranching, and bookkeeping, the energetic Bennett found his niche in banking, becoming a partner in the Hall and Bennett Bank in 1889. Bennett’s outstanding dedication to the community included serving seven terms as Virginia City mayor. By 1879, Bennett had completed this substantial home for himself and his new bride, Mary. Three children and financial success precipitated several additions, and by 1890, the charming residence had acquired its present Queen Anne appearance. Exquisite interior finishing, including three sets of pocket doors, made the home a Virginia City showcase. In 1912, the Bennetts’ youngest son returned here to practice law. Lyman H. Bennett served as judge on the district court for many years and resided in the family home until his death in 1967.


Bennett House, Virginia City
Bennett House, Virginia City View looking south at Bennett House facade Source: Courtesy of Montana Heritage Commission Creator: Kate Steeley, Montana Heritage Commission Date: Oct 2019


115 East Idaho Street, Virginia City, Montana | Private


The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Bennett House,” Historic Montana, accessed June 25, 2024,