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

Methodist Church

Carriage House Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
1. Methodist Church Marker
Inscription.  In 1910, the Methodists hired a New York fundraising firm to raise funds for a new, larger church to replace the 1883 building. The growing congregation raised $14,000 and neighbor C. J. Wagenbreth donated the needed capital to complete the project, providing that no bell be hung in the belfry. Wagenbreth, not wanting to be awoken by bells, offered this deal, a steeple but no bells. Designed by the architectural firm of Woodruff and McGulpin in 1912, the Methodist Church stands as a visual reminder of the growth of Miles City and is an important neighborhood anchor. The building exhibits eclectic architectural influences, including Romanesque Revival windows, crenellated Gothic battlements, and early Christian or Tudor massing. Decorative round-arched Romanesque openings complement the bell tower and the design carries over to the main level windows. Each opening is highlighted with painted wood mullions and cusps that form a pair of arches with circular openings surrounded by brick. The only structure in Miles City designed by the firm, the design bears similarities to Brynjulf Rivenes’ Presbyterian Church on Main Street.
 
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Methodist Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
2. Methodist Church and Marker
The marker is at the top of the steps, to the right.
Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureChurches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 24.542′ N, 105° 50.704′ W. Marker is in Miles City, Montana, in Custer County. Marker is at the intersection of North 11th Street and Pleasant Street, on the right when traveling north on North 11th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 98 North 11th Street, 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. Furstnow House (within shouting distance of this marker); Kennie / Howe House (within shouting distance of this marker); Carriage House Historic District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ulmer House (about 300 feet away); Alderson House (about 500 feet away); McAusland House (about 500 feet away); Emmanuel Church (about 500 feet away); 1005 Palmer (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miles City.
 
Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2020
3. Methodist Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 4, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 4, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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