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Rialto Bar - Helena Historic District - Helena, MT
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 46° 35.308 W 112° 02.314
12T E 420438 N 5159957
Quick Description: There are two shields on the building's front bearing four dates - Erected 1887 - Burned July 1928 - Begun 1928 - Completed 1929.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 11/8/2018 8:30:31 PM
Waymark Code: WMZGFZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TeamBPL
Views: 1

Long Description:
So it can be seen that this is the second Gold Block to stand in this place, the first quickly replaced with the present building, a mix of Mission and Gothic styles. The owner, Charles Benton Power, was the son of Thomas C. Power, one of the original movers & shakers in the development of the City of Helena.

Another interesting object hanging from the front of the building is a large neon sign, quie reminiscent of a theatre sign. We assume this sign to be either original to the 1929 building or to have been added shortly after 1929. The neon all appears to be in working condition. It is for the Rialto Bar, a bar and casino whose gaming space features twenty gaming machines and one poker game. This is reputed to be one of the last "real" bars in downtown Helena.

A contributing building to the Helena Historic District, the Gold Block was designed by local architect George Carsley using a method known as the "spiral mushroom", a construction technique believed to afford earthquake protection to the building. Fortunately, to date the method has not been subjected to a "Real Life" test.

If you're interested in renting a bit of history in Helena, a suite in this building can be had at present for just $12.60 per square foot per year.

Name		Address		Style			Date	Status
Gold Block	50-56 NLCG* 	Craftsman Corrm.	1929	Contributing
*NLCG = North Last Chance Gulch
From the NRHP Registration Form

On July 16, 1928, a devastating fire swept between the Granite and Gold Blocks (note inscription, second story center). The structure was rebuilt by then owner Charles Benton Power and was the last major downtown commercial building constructed by this wealthy family. The new Gold Block was designed by local architect George Carsley using a system called the "spiral mushroom" which supposedly offered structural protection against earthquakes. Mission-style parapet tiling and Gothic-influenced windows and entrances highlight this fine example of 1920s commercial architecture.
From the NRHP plaque at the building

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Name of business: Rialto Bar

Type of business: Bar/Lounge

Condition of Neon Sign: Hitsville - In good working order

Physical Location:
50-56 North Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT United States

Web Address: [Web Link]

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