Filed Under Hardin

Hotel Becker

Hardin Commercial Historic District

German immigrant Anton Becker had great faith in Hardin’s future. Becker bought this lot on May 30, 1907, the day town lots went on sale. He soon constructed a two-story brick building, in front of which he installed Hardin’s first cement sidewalk. He and his wife, Katie, and their six children lived upstairs; downstairs was Becker’s Montana Saloon. In 1917, the Beckers hired Billings architect Curtis Oehme to convert the saloon into a hotel, adding a third story and extending the entire building to the alley. Oehme’s design drew attention to the hotel’s canted entrance through a square tower decorated with pressed metal, a metal roof, and an ornamental flagpole. According to the Hardin Tribune, the hotel, which cost $60,000 to build, included “a large lobby on each of the three floors, a barroom, dining room, kitchen and parlor … [and] thirty-eight handsomely furnished rooms, some of them en suite with private bath.” Ghost signs on the west and north walls still advertise rooms for “$1 up” and “$1.50 up,” respectively. Although Anton died in 1920, the hotel remained in the Becker family until 1954.

Images

Becker Hotel Northwest-facing still image capture of the Becker Hotel, Hardin, Montana. Image information drawn from print verso. b&w print. Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana Creator: Fredric L. Quivik, RTI Date: July, 1984
Hotel Becker, Hardin, MT View of corner tower Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, MT Creator: Kate Hampton Date: Sep 2018
Hotel Becker, Hardin, MT Street view of facade Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, MT Creator: Kate Hampton Date: Sep 2018
Hotel Becker, Hardin, MT View of Second Street (south) facade Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, MT Creator: Kate Hampton

Location

200 North Center Avenue, Hardin, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Hotel Becker,” Historic Montana, accessed December 1, 2022, https://historicmt.org/items/show/87.