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Forsyth in Rosebud County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Kennedy-Fletcher Block

Forsyth Main Street Historic District

 
 
Kennedy-Fletcher Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2020
1. Kennedy-Fletcher Block Marker
Inscription.  A pressed metal cornice, door surrounds made of cast iron, and an exposed steel I-beam distinguish the façade of the 1907 Kennedy-Fletcher block. Geo. L. Mesker and Co. of Bedford, Indiana, the largest architectural ironworks in the country, manufactured the decorative metal elements, which feature ornamented floral and leaf designs, simple swags, fleur-de-lis, and other classical motifs. Mass-produced metal detailing was a less expensive form of decoration than stone. By contrast, the steel I-beam separating the first and second floors has a primarily structural purpose. The I-beam transfers weight away from the large display windows used to beckon customers. Its defining decorative rosettes are actually a glorified plate-and-bolt assembly that holds structurally important tie rods. The largest commercial building in Forsyth at the time of its construction, the department store was also the first brick commercial block erected off Main Street. E. A. Richardson bought the business in 1908. In 1916, he sold an expanded operation to his department managers, who transformed the building into three separate stores that sold groceries, dry goods,
Kennedy-Fletcher Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2020
2. Kennedy-Fletcher Block Marker
and hardware and furniture.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 15.959′ N, 106° 40.787′ W. Marker is in Forsyth, Montana, in Rosebud County. Marker is on North 9th Avenue near Cedar Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 180 North 9th Avenue, Forsyth MT 59327, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Choisser Block (a few steps from this marker); Forsyth, MT (within shouting distance of this marker); 933 Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Commercial Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Forsyth, MT (about 300 feet away); Merchant Bank (about 400 feet away); Roxy Theatre (about 400 feet away); Forsyth Main Street Historic District (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forsyth.
 
Kennedy-Fletcher Block image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2020
3. Kennedy-Fletcher Block
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 16, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 20 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 16, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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