T. C. Power Mansion, 604 Harrison Avenue, Helena, Lewis and Clark County, MT
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604 Harrison Avenue, Helena, MT
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS MT-28
Building/structure dates: 1889 initial construction
Significance: Thomas C. Power was one of the most successful business men in Montana. He began shipping merchandise from Omaha to Fort Benton in 1866, and the following year moved to Fort Benton to open a mercantile store. The business prospered, and soon he was freighting goods all over Montana and up into Canada. Power moved to Helena in 1878, and within a few years had financial interests in banking, cattle and mining in addition to his mercantile business. He became president of the American National Bank in 1891. In 1878, Power was elected to the first Territorial constitutional convention, and in 1888 was an unsuccessful candidate for governor. After Montana became a state, Wilbur F. Sanders and Thomas C. Power became its first Senators, with Sanders drawing the short term and Power the long term. Senator and Mrs. Power moved into this mansion in August, 1891. It had been under construction for about two years, and was reputed to be one of the most elegant in Helena.
Power, Sen. Thomas C.
Shafer & Reed
Huntsman, Al, Photographer
DeHaas, John N., Historian
Silverman, Eleni, Historian
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. MAIN (SOUTH) ELEVATION
2. REAR (NORTH) ELEVATION
3. Photocopy of photograph (Original in the collection of the Historical Society of Montana) MAIN AND EAST ELEVATIONS
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