Filed Under Virginia City

Moritz House (Alderine Hancock House)

Virginia City National Historic Landmark District

This modest Greek Revival style dwelling, probably one of the first houses built here in the mid-1860s, features the classic elements of Virginia City’s earliest “high style” residences. Decorative pediments above the windows, clapboard siding, cornerboards, and flat vergeboards characterize this style. Popular before the Civil War, frequent use of Greek Revival on the Western frontier was a throw-back to that earlier period. Sawn lumber and glass transported overland by freight wagon were expensive commodities, and their use reflects the wealth of first owner Elmer F. Johnson. Owned by the Moritz family between 1888 and 1934, the home represents elegance on the early frontier.


Moritz House (Alderline-Hancock House), Virginia City
Moritz House (Alderline-Hancock House), Virginia City View looking south at building side elevation and facade Source: Courtesy of Montana Heritage Commission Creator: Kate Steeley, Montana Heritage Commission Date: Oct 2019


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The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Moritz House (Alderine Hancock House),” Historic Montana, accessed March 4, 2024,