Save This Old House: A One-of-a-Kind Montana House
This unique solid-brick has three bedrooms, and combines elements of Queen Anne and Second Empire styles
Published September 2012
Location: Anaconda, Montana
Contact: Donna Volberding, 406-560-6746
Once home to a massive copper-smelting facility, Anaconda was booming in the late 19th century, when its wealthier residents started building stylish houses on the town's tony west end. Those residents included grocer Albert MacCallum, who, in 1895, built this solid-brick three-bedroom on Main Street. In 1904, he sold it to Dennis Roach, owner of a prosperous wholesale company that sold pool tables, cigars, and flowers, among other things. After Roach's death in 1925, his widow, Maude, remained here for almost 30 years. Their daughter, Katherine, briefly converted the house into a kindergarten before turning it back into a single-family residence.
Shown: The 1,514-square-foot house is located in a national historic district. It has three bedrooms and two full baths. The front porch was enclosed by a previous owner but could be returned to its original state.
The house is an interesting mix of two distinct architectural styles, with a partial mansard roof, reminiscent of Second Empire houses, butting up against the domed tower of a Queen Anne. It retains its original doors, windows, built-ins, millwork, and fireplace mantels.
The plumbing is fine, the electrical could use updating, and you'll need a new furnace. The current owners recently reglazed the first-floor windows and installed a new water heater. Although its copper-mining days are long gone, Anaconda retains its historic downtown. There's a ski resort nearby and the town is now home to a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, so there'll be plenty of leisure activities to enjoy once your work is done.
A built-in corner hutch remains in the kitchen.
The house still has three original mantelpieces, including this one in a bedroom.
The staircase has its original hand-carved balustrades.