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Great Falls in Cascade County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

William & Isabel Shea House

Great Falls West Bank Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2019
1. William & Isabel Shea House Marker
Inscription.  William and Isabel Shea built this cozy one-story brick home in 1929. With its distinctive low profile, clipped-gable shingle roof, stucco siding, exposed rafter tails, and multi-pane windows, the inviting residence is a classic Craftsman style bungalow. Its horizontal orientation, sheltering roofline, subtle decorative elements, and use of varied natural materials, like wooden shingles, speak to the style’s desire to “sing into the landscape.” The Sheas lived here over thirty years, until their deaths in 1959 and 1962. Great Falls’ longtime sanitarian, William was among Montana’s first health officials to establish a mosquito control program. However, he is best remembered as the driving force behind the Montana Cowboys Association. The organization’s first president, Shea donated a portion of his property to construct the Montana Cowboys Association Bar and Museum to the north. He also organized dances to raise money for the construction. In 1941, the National Youth Association finished building the museum, turning Shea’s vision of a place to celebrate the romance of the Old West into a reality.
 
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William & Isabel Shea House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2019
2. William & Isabel Shea House and Marker
The Montana National Register Sign Program.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
 
Location. 47° 30.635′ N, 111° 18.978′ W. Marker is in Great Falls, Montana, in Cascade County. Marker is on 3rd Street Northwest near 3rd Avenue Northwest, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 3rd Street Northwest, Great Falls MT 59404, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cowboys Bar and Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Great Falls West Bank Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Depot (approx. 0.4 miles away); Boyd House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Northside Residential Historic District (approx. 0.6 miles away); Great Falls Civic Center (approx. 0.6 miles away); T.E. Collins Mansion (approx. 0.6 miles away); New Park Hotel (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Falls.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 19, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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