Filed Under Virginia City

C.L. Dahler House

Virginia City National Historic Landmark District

Two small houses shared this choice corner location in 1866, but after 1875, photographs reveal the unmistakable steeply pitched roof and central gable of this splendid Gothic Revival style residence. Expansion and remodeling during the 1890s added the bay windows, rear gable, and decorative bargeboards that now ornament the front façade. Pioneer businessman Charles L. Dahler owned the home in the 1880s, followed by banker Thomas Duncan in 1897, and Missouri Mining Company superintendent John Henry Pankey in 1917. Although Pankey, his wife Catherine, and their three sons sometimes lived on site at the mines, they always considered this spacious and appealing residence their true home. The Pankey family retained ownership until 1980, when the familiar landmark became home to the law firm of attorney Chester Lloyd Jones and, more recently, the Madison County Title Co.


C. L. Dahler House, Virginia City, Montana
C. L. Dahler House, Virginia City, Montana View of a two-story, wood house with embellishments at the peaks of the pitched roof. Empty barrels and various construction scrap visible in foreground. A brewery sign also visible in the background to the left of the house. The Charles L. Dahler house at 106 East Wallace Street in Virginia City, Montana. Source: PAc 956-372. Montana Historical Society Research Center Photograph Archives, Helena, MT. Creator: Unknown photographer Date: 1890-1920
C. L. Dahler House, Virginia City
C. L. Dahler House, Virginia City View looking south from sidewalk at Dahler House facade and central gable Source: Montana Heritage Commission Creator: Kate Steeley, Montana Heritage Commission Date: Oct 2019


106 East Wallace Street, Virginia City, Montana | Private


The Montana National Register Sign Program, “C.L. Dahler House,” Historic Montana, accessed May 26, 2024,