Hamilton Southside Residential Historic District

The architectural character of this pleasant district was initially shaped by copper king Marcus Daly. Between 1890 and 1905, Daly's Anaconda Copper Mining Company constructed substantial high style residences for its managers and modest houses in various vernacular forms for its workers. Fashionable homes were also built by local businessmen who owed their success in part to Daly's encouragement of entrepreneurial enterprise. Construction of the Catholic and Christian churches, which Daly helped finance, added to the district's early diversity. The Romanesque style Ravalli County courthouse symbolizes Daly's considerable political influence in Hamilton's designation as county seat. Daly's death in 1900 and slowdown of the ACM mill precipitated a local recession. Renewed interest in Hamilton came with the start of the "Big Ditch" project in 1905 as investors and speculators promoted their schemes in the Bitterroot Valley. Craftsman and Colonial Revival style residences began to mingle with the older homes. Decline of the apple industry after 1916 triggered another local economic slowdown, but construction of the Rocky Mountain Laboratory in 1927 once again spurred Hamilton's residential growth. Picturesque Revival and Cape Cod style cottages filled in open spaces while a high school and hospital reflect the 1930s economic upswing. The 1946 Moderne style medical arts building completes the district's broad spectrum of architectural styles. Along the tree-lined boulevards, elegant 1890s residences with smaller homes built upon their once-spacious grounds well reflect Hamilton's changing fortunes and bestow a timeless appearance upon the district's neighborhoods.

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Hamilton, MT, 700 Block S. 3rd, Looking West/Southwest

Hamilton, MT, 700 Block S. 3rd, Looking West/Southwest

700 Block S. 3rd, Looking W-SW, Pine Grove Addition Hamilton, MT S.S. Residential District Photo by Kirk Michels /8/87 (verso) | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: Kirk Michels View File Details Page

Hamilton, MT, 300 Block South 5th, East Side Looking South

Hamilton, MT, 300 Block South 5th, East Side Looking South

300 Block S. 5th E. Side, Looking South S.S. Residential District Hamilton, MT. By Kirk Michels (verso) | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: Kirk Michels View File Details Page

Hamilton, MT, 500 Block South 4th, West side looking South

Hamilton, MT, 500 Block South 4th, West side looking South

500 Block S. 4th W. Side Looking South Hamilton, MT. S.S. Residential District By Kirk Michels (verso) | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: Kirk Michels View File Details Page

Hamilton, MT, 200 Block South 3rd, Looking South

Hamilton, MT, 200 Block South 3rd, Looking South

200 Block S. 3rd Looking South S.S. Residential District Hamilton, MT. By Kirk Michels (verso) | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: Kirk Michels View File Details Page

Hamilton, MT, 200 Block South 4th, East Side, Looking North

Hamilton, MT, 200 Block South 4th, East Side, Looking North

200 Block S. 4th E. Side, Looking North S.S. Residential District Hamilton, MT By Kirk Michels (verso) | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: Kirk Michels View File Details Page

Hamilton, MT, 600 Block South 4th, West Side, Looking South

Hamilton, MT, 600 Block South 4th, West Side, Looking South

600 Block S. 4th, W. Side Looking South S.S. Residential District Hamilton, MT By Kirk Michels (verso) | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: Kirk Michels View File Details Page

Hamilton, MT, 200 Block South 4th, Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Looking North

Hamilton, MT, 200 Block South 4th, Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Looking North

200 Block S. 4th Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital looking N. S.S. Residential Hamilton, MT. (verso) | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: unidentified View File Details Page

South Side addition to Hamilton, Ravalli Co., Montana

South Side addition to Hamilton, Ravalli Co., Montana

Shows streets, blocks, and lots between Madison and Desta streets and First and Ninth streets.; Survey made for the Bitter Root Development Company | Source: Montana Historical Society Research Center Map collection, digitized copy is available on the Montana Memory Project | Creator: Wilson and Gillie. View File Details Page

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600 Block (west side) South 1st, 424 South 2nd, 500-600 Block South 2nd, 200-700 Block South 3rd, 109 South 4th, 200-600 Block South 4th, 100-600 Block South 5th
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The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Hamilton Southside Residential Historic District,” Explore Big – Montana's Historic Places, accessed March 25, 2017, http://explorebig.org/items/show/24.

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