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Miles City in Custer County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Jackson Block

Miles City Main Street Historic District

 
 
Jackson Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
1. Jackson Block Marker
Inscription.  The Jackson Block’s spare façade bears witness to those watchwords of modern architecture, “form follows function.” The two-story building suggests ways that urban architectural trends were translated and adapted in small communities. Its main decoration derives from the pattern created by its windows; in this, the 1909 commercial block echoes the emphasis found in turn-of-the-century “Chicago-style” skyscrapers on “light, space, air, and strength” rather than ornamentation. Miles City architect Brynjulf Rivenes designed the surprisingly modern building for entrepreneur W. C. Jackson, a confectioner who owned a shop at 613 Main. With fellow Miles City businessman Ed Arnold, Jackson also invested in the next-door Arnold Block. Built in 1913, it matched the lines of the Jackson Block, and doorways connected the buildings on the second floor. From Jackson Block storefronts merchants sold pianos, office equipment, clothing, and dry goods. Second-floor tenants included Brynjulf Rivenes and the Montana Institute, a private school that offered both day and night classes in automobile engineering, bookkeeping, stenography,
Jackson Block and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
2. Jackson Block and Marker
The marker is beneath the Saddlery sign.
and penmanship.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 24.419′ N, 105° 50.851′ W. Marker is in Miles City, Montana, in Custer County. Marker is on Main Street (Business Interstate 94) near South 8th Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Miles City MT 59301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City Hall and Fire Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John and Anna Gibb House (about 500 feet away); Kenney Block (Montana Saloon) (about 600 feet away); Miles City Main Street Historic District (about 700 feet away); Carriage House Historic District (about 700 feet away); Ulmer House (about 700 feet away); Furstnow House (about 800 feet away); Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miles City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 3, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 3, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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