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

E.A. Cornwell Residence

Forsyth Residential Historic District

 
 
E.A. Cornwell Residence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
1. E.A. Cornwell Residence Marker
Inscription.  “E. A. Cornwell, the popular Forsyth merchant and banker, will move this week into the first cement block house ever built in Forsyth,” reported the Forsyth Times on October 3, 1907. “It is fitted with steam throughout, electric lighted, and modern in every convenience.” Relatively new technology in 1907, cement blocks cost less than wood or stone, came in a variety of finishes, and were easier to lay than brick. According to local mason and cement block manufacturer Carson Conn, the material was “the warmest in winter; the coolest in summer. Guaranteed against frost and dampness.” Nevertheless, in Forsyth the material was mainly used for foundations. In fact, Forsyth’s only other cement block home was that of prominent merchant E. A. Richardson, Cornwell’s uncle and employer. Clearly a fan of the new technology, Richardson owned the land on which this house was built and may have had some say in the home’s design. In 1909, Richardson transferred the title to Cornwell, who lived here with his wife, Edith, into the 1920s.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
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E.A. Cornwell Residence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2020
2. E.A. Cornwell Residence Marker
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° 16.175′ N, 106° 40.647′ W. Marker is in Forsyth, Montana, in Rosebud County. Marker is at the intersection of North 12th Avenue and Park Street, on the right when traveling north on North 12th Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 389 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. 411 North Twelfth Avenue (a few steps from this marker); Meredith Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Lida Parker Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); E.A. Richardson Residence (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); F.V.H. Collins Residence (about 400 feet away); Maurice and Mary Lord Residence (about 400 feet away); 474 North Thirteenth Avenue (about 400 feet away); Edwards Residence (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forsyth.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 18, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 18, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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