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Lewistown in Fergus County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Warr-Lane Building

Lewistown Central Business Historic District

 
 
Warr-Lane Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
1. Warr-Lane Building Marker
Inscription.  The banner year of 1913 saw close to $1.5 million spent in Lewistown on construction. Two thirds of that sum went toward new, elegant business blocks. The city’s rapid growth—from approximately a thousand people in 1910 to over five thousand in 1914—predicted a market for commercial space. Entrepreneurs stepped forward to fill the need, among them the founders of the Lewistown Commercial Company, whose principals included local businessmen Austin Warr and James Lane. The company invested $25,000 to construct the three-story Warr-Lane Building, which offered commercial space on the first floor, offices on the second, and two apartments on the third. Renowned Montana architectural firm Link and Haire designed the Beaux Arts style edifice; the firm had a branch in Lewistown, a testament to the community’s sophistication and growth. The architects relied largely on terra cotta to ornament the building. Imported from large, out-of-state manufacturers, the lightweight and easily produced material brought big-city glamour to central Montana. In the Warr-Lane’s case the flamboyant terra- cotta façade features lion heads, Grecian urns, and
Warr-Lane Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
2. Warr-Lane Building Marker
The marker is on the right-side of the building.
other ornamental motifs.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society; Department of the Interior, National Register of Historic Places.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
 
Location. 47° 3.908′ N, 109° 25.576′ W. Marker is in Lewistown, Montana, in Fergus County. Marker is on West Main Street (U.S. 87) near 3rd Avenue North, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 309 West Main Street, Lewistown MT 59457, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bon-Ton (a few steps from this marker); Power Mercantile Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Phillips Drug Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Montana Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank of Fergus County (within shouting distance of this marker); US Land Office/Warr Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Hub (about 400 feet away); Warr Building (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewistown.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 11, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 11, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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