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

Mitchell Building

Montana State Capitol Campus Historic District

 
 
Mitchell Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 15, 2021
1. Mitchell Building Marker
Inscription.  Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, state government grew to meet the increasing demands of Montana’s citizenry. In 1945—following a hiatus wrought by the Great Depression and World War II—the legislature established a Montana Postwar Planning and Construction Commission to address long-delayed building needs statewide. Among the resulting structures was this “State Office Building,” designed by Helena architect Vincent H. Walsh. Walsh chose the Stripped Classical style to mirror the lines of the capitol while reflecting a more modern aesthetic. It features smooth, stucco-covered concrete walls, windows arranged in recessed vertical panels, and a formal, bronze entrance. Completed in 1950, the building was named in honor of Sam W. Mitchell (1872–1955) who served as Montana’s Secretary of State from 1933 to 1955. Two decades later, state government once again required more room, including space for a computer center now necessitated by technological advancements. Consequently, the Helena firm of Crossman, Whitney & Griffin designed an addition. Attached to the east side of the building, the “modern box” office features the extensive
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use of exposed concrete, a stylistic element borrowed from the Brutalist movement.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. 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° 35.124′ N, 112° 0.976′ W. Marker is in Helena, Montana, in Lewis and Clark County. Marker is on North Roberts Street near Lockey Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 125 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. Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free Land (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Headquarters - Montana Highway Patrol (within shouting distance of this marker); Legislative Restaurant - Capital Annex (within shouting distance of this marker); Unemployment Compensation Commission (within shouting distance of this marker); Cogswell Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Livestock Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Montana Veterans and Pioneers Memorial Building
Mitchell Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 15, 2021
2. Mitchell Building and Marker
The marker is at the base of the steps on the right.
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Board of Health Building (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helena.
 
 
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 104 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 27, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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