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Superintendent's House, Magnolia Avenue, Granite, Granite County, MT



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B&W Photos

HB743159
Historic American Buildings Survey Al Huntsman, Photographer September 1965 Northeast Elevation

HB743160
Historic American Buildings Survey Al Huntsman, Photographer September 1965 South Corner Elevation


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Item Title


Location
Magnolia Avenue, Granite, MT

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS MT-16
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-16).
Building/structure dates: 1884 initial construction
Significance: The Granite Townsite was laid out in the summer of 1884. Known as the Silver Queen City she reached her heydey in 1889 when the production of the mines ran as high as $250,000 to $275,000 a month. The Granite Mountain Mining Company Superintendent Thomas Weir and his wife lived in this two story stone house located on Magnolia Avenue. all of the houses on this street were located on the upper side of the road backed against the steep mountain side. This street was referred to as "Silk Stocking Row" because it was here that the mine officials and white collar workers and their families lived. Access to the second floor of the building was gained from the upper roadway by means of a wooden gangway. This space apparently served as the mine office. Not only was this the sole stone structure in town according to the records of 1889, but also the only building having its interior finished in plaster. Of interest in the building's design is the masonry food vault off the kitchen and the lack of stairs connecting the two floors. The Silver Panic of 1893 was felt in Granite on August 1, 1893. Some 3,000 inhabitants left Granite in a 24 hour period. Now a ghost town Granite experienced being reborn several times.

Subjects
"Mission 66" Program
Houses
Stone Buildings


Related Names
Weir, Thomas
Blackburn, U. James, Field Team
Oyama, Jack, Delineator
Sobek, Durward K., Delineator
Shanahan, Dick, Delineator
Goldy, Charles B., Delineator


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Historic American Buildings Survey Al Huntsman, Photographer September 1965 NORTHEAST ELEVATION
2. Historic American Buildings Survey Al Huntsman, Photographer September 1965 SOUTH CORNER ELEVATION


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