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

Sorenson Residence

Forsyth Residential Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
1. Sorenson Residence Marker
Inscription.  Northern Pacific Railroad engineer Thomas Sorenson and his wife Hannah built this one-and-one-half-story residence circa 1910. That year the Norwegian immigrant couple lived here with their five children and two boarders, both of whom also worked for the railroad. The large gambrel roof dormer distinguishes this home from its neighbors. That distinctive shape—often associated with barns—characterizes Dutch Colonial Revival architecture. However, other elements—including the first floor octagonal bay, pedimented dormer, inset porch, and asymmetrical massing—reflect a number of different styles. The stylistic mix suggests that the design came from a pattern book, a book of mass-produced architectural plans. Such plans sometimes came with precut lumber for easy assembly on site; other times, the popular plans simply provided local builders with specifications for complex structures that may otherwise have been beyond their skill. In either case, pattern books expanded housing options for families like the Sorensons who wanted more than what local builders could easily offer, but who could not afford to hire an architect to
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
2. Sorenson Residence and Marker
design a home exclusively for them.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 16.234′ N, 106° 40.714′ W. Marker is in Forsyth, Montana, in Rosebud County. Marker is at the intersection of North 12th Avenue and Oak Street, on the left when traveling north on North 12th Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 510 North 12th 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. 542 North Twelfth Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); Meredith Residence (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 610 North Twelfth Avenue (about 400 feet away); 411 North Twelfth Avenue (about 400 feet away); 474 North Thirteenth Avenue (about 400 feet away); Bachelors Club (about 400 feet away); E.A. Cornwell Residence (about 500 feet away); F.V.H. Collins Residence (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forsyth.
 
Sorenson Residence image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
3. Sorenson Residence
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 17, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 17, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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