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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700 Block South 3rd, view to west-southwest

700 Block South 3rd, view to west-southwest

700 Block South 3rd, Pine Grove Addition Hamilton, Montana Southside Residential District. Image information available on verso. b&w print. | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: Michels, Kirk View File Details Page

300 Block South 5th, view of east side to south

300 Block South 5th, view of east side to south

300 Block South 5th East Side Looking South Southside Residential District, Hamilton, Montana. Image information available on verso. b&w print. | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: Michels, Kirk View File Details Page

500 Block South 4th, view of west side to south

500 Block South 4th, view of west side to south

500 Block South 4th West Side Looking South, Hamilton, Montana, Southside Residential District. Image information available on verso. b&w print. | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: Michels, Kirk View File Details Page

200 Block South 3rd, view to south

200 Block South 3rd, view to south

200 Block South 3rd Looking South, Southside Residential District, Hamilton, Montana. Image information available on verso. b&w print. | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: Michels, Kirk View File Details Page

 200 Block South 4th Street, east side of block view to north

200 Block South 4th Street, east side of block view to north

200 Block South 4th Street from the east side of the street with view to the north, Southside Residential District, Hamilton, Montana. Image information available on verso. b&w print. | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: Michels, Kirk 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 July 23, 2017, http://explorebig.org/items/show/24.

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