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William E. Coleman House - Deer Lodge, MT
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 46° 23.924 W 112° 43.898
12T E 366883 N 5139807
Quick Description: This large Victorian home was designed by architects Ameryre and Thori of Superior, Wisconsin and completed in 1892. It is a classic example of Victorian attention to the minutest detail, extending upward to the detail of the chimney.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 5/16/2014 6:25:21 PM
Waymark Code: WMKQFV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
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Long Description:
This brick chimney is one of the better, more detailed Victorian chimneys we've come across. There are zillions of Victorian homes from the late 1800s in the many towns and cities of Montana and Idaho. Few, however, have chimneys with this level of detail.
Seventeen-year-old William Coleman joined the Union ranks of Ohio’s volunteer infantry during the Civil War and then, drawn by tales of gold, came west with his brother Lewis in 1866. Although trained as a carriage blacksmith, Coleman preferred prospecting and mining until injury from a falling timber ended that career.

Coleman came to Deer Lodge where he opened a general merchandise business in October of 1871. The store long prospered and Coleman became a vital community leader. He was instrumental in organizing the city water system and helped found the electric company, serving as its vice president. He and his wife Lucy constructed this Victorian-era show place in 1891-1892.

Designed by architects Ameryre and Thori of Superior, Wisconsin, and St. Paul, Minnesota, the magnificent home illustrates the Victorian passion for eclectic details. A wraparound veranda enhanced with spindlework, soaring paneled chimneys, decorative brickwork, and more than a dozen exquisite stained glass windows highlight the Queen Anne style mansion. Exceptional interior features include golden oak woodwork milled in Wisconsin, fireplaces with ornately carved mantles and imported tile, and an elegant paneled stairway richly embellished with spindles and coffering. A hand-carved pineapple newel post, the symbol of hospitality, welcomes guests. As the only well-preserved Victorian-era home in Deer Lodge, the Coleman House is a visual cornerstone of the community and a testament to the importance of its original owner.
From the NRHP Plaque


Private or Public Property?: Private Property

What material is it made from?: Bricks & Mortar

When was it made?: 1/1/1892

Estimated Height of chimney (please include whether metres or feet): 35 feet

Type of building e.g. house, hotel etc: house

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