Filed Under Virginia City

Content's Corner

Virginia City National Historic Landmark District

When Solomon Content built this commercial building in 1864, it was one of the area’s most impressive, desirable business spaces. Stucco scored to look like stone originally covered the rubble stone walls, and Gothic transoms lent a civilized dignity. While Virginia City was Montana’s Territorial Capital (1865-1875), the second floor held the entire territorial government offices. The first floor housed retail stores, including grocers Rockfellow and Dennee (1864) and clothing stores of the Seigel brothers, Henry Elling, Armstrong and Johnson, and Robert Vickers. In 1943, Vickers' grandson Bob Gohn, who lost his sight in a mine accident at age twenty, opened his famous bar, grocery, and hardware store here, which he ran with remarkable ability until his death in 1986.

Images

Content's Corner, Virginia City View of a large stone building with seven men standing along the rail on the upper floor and seven men on the street at the corner. Clothing displayed at the front of the building and an advertisement for the Montana Post on the side. Henry Siegel & Company clothing store with Montana Territory executive offices on the upper floor at Content's Corner, Jackson and Wallace Streets, Virginia City, Montana. Source: PAc 956-122, Montana Historical Society Research Center Photograph Archives, Helena, MT. Creator: Unknown photographer Date: ca. 1868
Early view of Virginia City, MT with Content Corner at left View of livestock auction at the Elephant Auction house. Content's Corner is the building on the left. The auction sometimes blocked traffic along Virginia City's busy Wallace St. Source: Montana Heritage Commission Creator: Unknown photographer Date: ca. 1863
Wallace Street, Virginia City, MT. View of businesses along a dirt street, south side of Wallace St., Virginia City. Content's Corner, the two story stone building on the far left, at the corner of Wallace and Jackson Streets with a prominent sign for 'Armstrong & Johnson.' Businesses visible along Wallace Street include William Douglas's Variety Store, Ten Pin Alley, Sacramento Blacksmith Shop, and a liquor store on the far right. Source: PAc 956-310. Montana Historical Society Research Center Photograph Archives, Helena, MT. Creator: Unknown photographer Date: ca. 1875
Content Corner, Virginia City View of south and east elevations Source: National Historic Landmark nomination form for Viriginia City. From an inventory report compiled by Olaf Hagen, U.S. Forest Service Region 2, 1937. On file at the Montana State Historic Preservation Office and the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D. C. Creator: W. R. Rankin, photographer Date: 1937
Content Corner, Virginia City View of south and west elevations Source: National Historic Landmark nomination form for Viriginia City. From an inventory report compiled by Olaf Hagen, U.S. Forest Service Region 2, 1937. On file at the Montana State Historic Preservation Office and the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D. C. Creator: W. R. Rankin, photographer Date: Sept 1937
Content's Corner, Virginia City, MT View looking southwest at facade Source: Joe Furshong Creator: Joe Furshong, photographer Date: Nov 2019
Content's Corner, Virginia City View looking southwest at two-story porch and building facade along Wallace and Jackson streets. Source: Montana Heritage Commission Creator: Kate Steeley, Montana Heritage Commission Date: Oct 2019

Location

300 West Wallace Street, Virginia City, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Content's Corner,” Historic Montana, accessed February 9, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/860.