“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Anaconda in Deer Lodge County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

Parrot Block

Anaconda Commercial Historic District

Parrot Block Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 11, 2021
1. Parrot Block Marker
Inscription.  Prosperous Deer Lodge Valley rancher George Parrot invested $13,000 to build the Parrot Block in 1896. The first story of this well-appointed Queen Anne style commercial and boardinghouse building originally featured tall, plate-glass display windows topped by a wide grid of small prism-glass tiles. The well-preserved second story reflects the period’s taste for rich and varied textures and showcases the bricklayer’s masterful work. A central stained-glass transom window originally attracted attention to the building’s cast-iron nameplate above it. The crenelated parapet and granite details still lend an air of imposing permanence. Lodgers and businesses rented the upstairs rooms while some of Anaconda’s best-known retailers occupied the storefronts below. The Goodfriend Clothing Co., the Kelly Commercial Co. grocery store, and other retailers operated here in the early 1900s. F. W. Woolworth’s five-and-dime store occupied the building from the mid-1930s to 1958. MacIntyre’s, in business in Anaconda since 1909, sold clothing here from 1960 to 2004. In 2006, new owners renovated the building and renamed it the Francisco Building, in honor of
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Robert and Mary Francisco, who owned MacIntyre’s for more than twenty years.
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 46° 7.733′ N, 112° 57.05′ W. Marker is in Anaconda, Montana, in Deer Lodge County. Marker is on East Park Avenue (State Highway 1) near Oak Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 205-207 East Park Street, Anaconda MT 59711, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Jean Block/Smiths Building (a few steps from this marker); National Bank of Anaconda (a few steps from this marker); Davidson Building (within shouting distance of this marker); 119-125 East Park Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); (Anaconda) Commercial Historic District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Furst Block (about 300 feet away); Weiss Block (about 300 feet away); Methodist Episcopal Church of Anaconda (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anaconda.
Parrot Block and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 11, 2021
2. Parrot Block and Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on October 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 9, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 67 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 9, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Dec. 11, 2023