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W. H. Gehrman Home - Anaconda, MT
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 46° 07.604 W 112° 57.343
12T E 348911 N 5109987
Quick Description: Of primary significance in the Westside Historic District, this stately home is one of the most eye catching and, as well, one of the best kept homes on the west side. Redone in the Queen Anne style, it is truly a standout, even in this neighborhood.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 1/27/2015 12:53:59 AM
Waymark Code: WMN9RN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
The W. H. Gehrman Home

at 422 Hickory is significant due to substantial alterations during the historic period. Built for Montana Meat Company president Gehrman in 1895, the brick-veneered home, according to Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, did not originally feature the north wing or the octagonal northeast corner tower. Sometime between 1896 and 1907 (most likely prior to the turn of the century), the home was remodeled in the Queen Anne/Free Classic style, as evidenced by its corner tower, wood shingle siding on the north wing, classical columns on its front porch, spindled balustrade, stone belt courses, and elaborate brick cornice. The home, after this historic remodeling, also featured a copper stylized onion dome on the tower, which has since been removed.

Two of the home's more noteworthy residents were:

Charles A. Lemmon, who lived at 422 Hickory Street from 1916-1960, was a well-known engineer of the Butte, Anaconda & Pacific Railway and the Assistant General Manager of the Smelter. He was instrumental in the development and construction of the B.A. & P. lines to the mining areas west of Anaconda. In 1911, he was in charge of the survey team that installed the lines to Georgetown and Silver Lakes. This development increased the revenue of the railway and expanded the Anaconda Company's source of materials.


Edward P. Mathewson was one of the most well-known of Anaconda's smelter managers. During his career with the Anaconda Company, he oversaw the development of a number of important projects that affected the community. He was born in Montreal, Canada in 1864 and attended McGill University in his hometown. In 1885, he graduated with a degree as a mining engineer. He worked in several places around the United States and Canada until 1902, when he was hired as a metallurgist by the Anaconda Company in Anaconda. In approximately 1904, he was promoted General Manager of the Anaconda Reduction Works and moved into the home at 422 Hickory.

422 Hickory - Gable-front - Queen Anne - 1895 - Actual - Primary Significance
From the NRHP Continuation Sheet, Section 8, Page 10

Gehrman Gehrman
Gehrman Gehrman
Gehrman Gehrman

Public/Private: Private

Tours Available?: No

Year Built: 1895

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