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Helena in Lewis and Clark County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Gold Block

Helena Historic District

 
 
Gold Block Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 14, 2021
1. Gold Block Marker
Inscription.  On July 16, 1928, a devastating fire swept between the Granite and Gold Blocks (note inscription, second story center). The structure was rebuilt by then-owner Charles Benton Power and was the last major downtown commercial building constructed by this wealthy family. The new Gold Block was designed by local architect George Carsley using a system called the “spiral mushroom,” which supposedly offered structural protection against earthquakes. Mission-style parapet tiling and Gothic-influenced windows and entrances highlight this fine example of 1920s commercial architecture.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureDisastersNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 16, 1928.
 
Location. 46° 35.312′ N, 112° 2.327′ W. Marker is in Helena, Montana, in Lewis and Clark County. Marker is on North Last Chance Gulch near East 6th Avenue, on the left when
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traveling north. This portion of Last Chance Gulch is a pedestrian mall and is closed to vehicular traffic. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50-56 North Last Chance Gulch, Helena MT 59601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Power Block and Power Block West (a few steps from this marker); Helena Historic District (a few steps from this marker); Goodkind Building (within shouting distance of this marker); New York Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Diversity in Helena (within shouting distance of this marker); Discovery of Gold in Last Chance Gulch (within shouting distance of this marker); Montana Club (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First National Bank Securities Building (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helena.
 
Gold Block and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 14, 2021
2. Gold Block and Marker
The marker is to the right of the flower post at the top of the steps.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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