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

305 Third Avenue North

Northside Residential Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2019
1. 305 Third Avenue North Marker
Inscription.  A graceful wraparound porch with square posts, a central entry beneath a projecting gable, and transomed windows distinguish this charming vernacular example of the Greek Revival style. Inside, a rounded hall ceiling adds lovely period elegance. The single-story frame dwelling beautifully illustrates the Greek Revival style in transition. This popular architectural form evolved from the mid-1800s into the twentieth-century gable-front- and-wing, the nation’s most popular form of folk housing. Great Falls pioneer realtor Matthew Dunn purchased the property in 1888, built the home soon after, and was the first occupant. A succession of other early residents included the David Craig family who, along with five boarders, were tenants in 1900. Prominent pioneer attorney James W. Speer and his wife, Grace, owned the property circa 1907 to 1910. Grace taught piano while her husband built his law practice and served as county attorney in 1908 and 1909. He was later elected mayor (1911- 1913), state senator (1923 and 1925) and district judge (1948-1956). The Speers’ household in 1910 included their two small children, Grace’s mother, a brother-in-law,
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2019
2. 305 Third Avenue North Residence and Marker
and two servants.
 
Erected by The Montana National Register Sign Program.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
 
Location. 47° 30.523′ N, 111° 18.122′ W. Marker is in Great Falls, Montana, in Cascade County. Marker is on 3rd Avenue North near 3rd Street North, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 3rd Avenue North, Great Falls MT 59401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Anaconda Company Manager's House (within shouting distance of this marker); McCulloh Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Terrill Apartments (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 315 Fourth Avenue North (about 400 feet away); Boyd House (about 500 feet away); Northside Residential Historic District (about 600 feet away); Cascade County Courthouse (about 600 feet away); Toole Residence (approx. 0.2 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 26, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 26, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 34 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 26, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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