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Anaconda in Deer Lodge County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

National Bank of Anaconda

Anaconda Commercial Historic District

 
 
National Bank of Anaconda Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 11, 2021
1. National Bank of Anaconda Marker
Inscription.  After building the St. Jean Block next door in 1893, Dr. Felix St. Jean again hired respected Anaconda mason John Cosgrove to build this annex building in 1897. Cosgrove, an old friend of Marcus Daly’s, also built the foundations of the Upper Works of the Anaconda Company smelter and many prominent masonry buildings on Main Street and East Park Avenue. The original storefront housed Dr. St. Jean’s Standard Drug Company until 1900 when optician and jeweler L. F. Verbeckmoes moved in. Other early twentieth-century upstairs tenants included Mabel Smith’s Embroidery Shop, the John Hillberg Photo Studio, and Anaconda’s first chiropractor, Dr. R. D. Sawtell. In 1903, wealthy Billings mercantile owners Christian and Peter Yegen opened the Yegen Bros. Savings Bank here, later incorporating as the National Bank of Anaconda in 1905. In 1915, the Yegen brothers added an exuberant Neoclassical façade featuring fluted stone columns with Ionic capitals, tall divided-light transom windows, a polished terra-cotta tile entablature with the bank name, and a stately copper paneled door surround. It remains one of Anaconda’s best examples of Neoclassical design.
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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° 7.742′ N, 112° 57.043′ W. Marker is in Anaconda, Montana, in Deer Lodge County. Marker is on East Park Avenue (State Highway 1) near Oak Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 212 East Park Avenue, 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 (here, next to this marker); Parrot Block (a few steps from this marker); Davidson Building (within shouting distance of this marker); (Anaconda) Commercial Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); 119-125 East Park Avenue (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 219 East Commercial Avenue (about 300 feet away); Carpenters Union Hall (about 300 feet away); Furst Block (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anaconda.
 
National Bank of Anaconda and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 11, 2021
2. National Bank of Anaconda and Marker
The marker is at the far left of the façade.
National Bank of Anaconda Builing image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 11, 2021
3. National Bank of Anaconda Builing
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 11, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Dec. 9, 2023