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Legislative Restaurant - Capital Annex

Montana State Capitol Campus Historic District

 
 
Legislative Restaurant - Capital Annex Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 15, 2021
1. Legislative Restaurant - Capital Annex Marker
Inscription.  During the first decade of statehood legislators met in downtown Helena where lawmakers enjoyed a variety of options for “lunch arrangements.” When lawmakers transitioned into the new Capitol in 1902, downtown Helena was a mile away. A small makeshift lunch counter in the nearby Boiler Plant temporarily filled the need, but Capitol Commissioners envisioned a separate building. Architects Link and Haire included this annex in their plans for the Capitol’s wings. Completed in 1910, the Neoclassical Revival style annex continues the tradition of academic eclecticism, popular in American architecture of the time and displayed in the other pre-1920s campus buildings. Distinctive grayish-white brick complements the sandstone and granite of the Capitol. Carved wood brackets beneath the eaves, brick corbelling between the windows, and a pedimented entrance subtly echo the Neoclassical style of the state house. The annex functioned as the legislative restaurant until 1933 when the need for office space became more essential. Later a variety of state agencies occupied the space including the Montana Highway Patrol 1935-1936, the Board of Health 1940-1964,
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and the Department of Agriculture 1964-1978.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 35.126′ N, 112° 1.035′ W. Marker is in Helena, Montana, in Lewis and Clark County. Marker can be reached from North Roberts Street near Lockey Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 118 North Roberts Street, 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. Original Headquarters - Montana Highway Patrol (here, next to this marker); Livestock Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Mitchell Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Unemployment Compensation Commission (within shouting distance of this marker); Board of Health Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free Land (about 300 feet away); Montana Veterans and Pioneers Memorial Building (about 400 feet away); Thomas Francis Meagher. (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helena.
 
Legislative Restaurant - Capital Annex and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 15, 2021
2. Legislative Restaurant - Capital Annex and Marker
Legislative Restaurant - Capital Annex Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 15, 2021
3. Legislative Restaurant - Capital Annex Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 98 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 27, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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