Granite Building - Helena Historic District - Helena, MT
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N 46° 35.281 W 112° 02.335
12T E 420410 N 5159907
Quick Description: Another product of a Helena fire, the Granite Building was one of several which rose from the ashes of the July 16, 1928 fire.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 11/9/2018 2:49:42 PM
Waymark Code: WMZGMD
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Long Description:
The devastating fire of July 16, 1928 destroyed the building on this site, along with many others on the west side of Main Street. The F. W. Woolworth Co. store had move into the building just the year previous, in 1927. Undaunted, the Granite Building was rebuilt and F. W. Woolworth moved back into the newly completed building. Woolworth's would remain in the building until its closing in 1981.

The new Granite Building, being built in the late 1920s, was built in one of the newest styles of the time, Beaux Arts. While the name of the building may have Granite in it, it appears that the building itself has Limestone in it. The building's face appears to be limestone and was given six recessed decorative panels that would normally be of terra cotta, but here appear to be of limestone. Each panel is above a large window. The six panels across the facade have garlands comprised of fruits which hang between shields, both heart shaped and square. A stepped pediment in the centre has several more decorative panels with shields carved in them, while atop the pediment is a limestone urn sitting on a small plinth flanked by ogee brackets.

Name			Address		Style		Date	Status
Granite Building  	36 NLCG* 	Beaux Arts	1928	Contributing
*NLCG=North Last Chance Gulch
From the NRHP Registration Form
26. Granite Block, 34–36 North Last Chance Gulch (1929)
The terrible history of Helena’s fires continued on July 16, 1928, when lightning sparked a conflagration that destroyed most of this block, leaving only the corner Power Block (#30) unscathed. Roomers in the Granite Block moved trunks, grips, and everything they could carry out of the building and into falling rain. The rain drenched everything but the fire itself. This replacement, built by Kleinschmidt family interests, is a stunning complement to its neighbor.
From the Helena Walking Tour

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Granite Building >> 1960s
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Granite Building >> 2017

Name of Historic District (as listed on the NRHP): Helena Historic District

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30 North Main Street
Helena, MT

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