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108 Central (Commercial Building), 108 Central Avenue, Great Falls, Cascade County, MT



B&W Photos

HB742930
View Of Streetscape Looking Southeast.

HB742931
View Of Streetscape Looking Southwest.

HB742932
View Of North Front.

HB742933
Detail Of Cornice And Third Floor Window.

HB742934
Detail Of Metal Ceiling On First Floor.

HB742935
Wood Molding At Door Openings And Transom.

HB742936
Newer Wallpaper Pattern On Third Floor.

HB742937
Older Wallpaper Pattern On 3rd Floor.

HB742938
Photocopy Of Ca

HB742939
Photocopy Ca

HB742940
Photocopy Of Drawing Including A Site Plan And Three Floor Plans.

HB742941
Photocopy Of Drawing Of North (front) Elevation.


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Item Title


Location
108 Central Avenue, Great Falls, MT

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS MT-36
Building/structure dates: 1890 initial construction
Significance: Paris Gibson founded the city of Great Falls, played a notable role in the development of the state of Montana, and was a United States Senator for the state of Montana. It was he that caused this commercial structure to be erected on the main street of Great Falls in 1890. The structure housed offices for various enterprises of Senator Gibson during its history, as well as providing space for other services in the community. The structure was conceived as a handsome and permanent addition to the avenue by architect John Clinton. Architect Clinton was acting mayor for the community at the same time that he was designing this building, and one of his activities during this service was the adoption of comprehensive fire ordinances for Great Falls buildings. Great Falls was undergoing a building "boom" in 1890 and this structure was part of that activity. John Clinton did his job well; the building design is well executed; perhaps one of the reasons that it has remained standing longer than its contemporaries.

Subjects
Commerce
Legislators
Brick Buildings


Related Names
Clinton, John
Gibson, Paris
Jones & Roberts
Sievert, Kenneth R., Field Team
DeHaas, John, Photographer
Sievert, K. R., Photographer
Rowse, Patricia, Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. View of streetscape looking southeast.
2. View of streetscape looking southwest.
3. View of north front.
4. Detail of cornice and third floor window.
5. Detail of metal ceiling on first floor.
6. Wood molding at door openings and transom.
7. Newer wallpaper pattern on third floor.
8. Older wallpaper pattern on 3rd floor.
9. Photocopy of ca. 1940 street view; Park Hotel Annex second from right. (Original copy at Great Falls City Engineer's Office).
10. Photocopy ca. 1912 of Central Ave. view (original on file at the Great Falls Public Library).
11. Photocopy of drawing including a site plan and three floor plans.
12. Photocopy of drawing of north (front) elevation.


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