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

Cogswell Building

Montana State Capitol Campus Historic District

 
 
Cogswell Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 15, 2021
1. Cogswell Building Marker
Inscription.  Following World War II, Montana’s growing state agencies desperately needed all types of space. Consequently, in 1946 the Montana State Postwar Planning and Construction Commission recommended building a laboratory where all testing for state government programs could take place. To meet the need, Helena architect Vincent H. Walsh designed a W-shaped, three-story structure. However, lack of funding delayed construction and altered Walsh’s original design, ultimately eliminating the middle wing and third story. When the new State Laboratory finally opened in 1955, it housed the Highway Department’s Testing Division and the Board of Health’s Divisions of Bacteriology, Health Education, Public Health Nursing, and Disease Control. Almost immediately the State Laboratories Commission—created in 1945 to assess state agencies’ “present and future laboratory” needs—declared the space insufficient. Their concerns were not addressed until 1981, after the Great Falls firm of Davidson & Kuhr designed the modern addition that sits between the original two wings. In 1964, the state dedicated the building to Dr. William F. Cogswell, who served from 1912 to
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1946 as the Executive Secretary of the State Board of Health.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 35.091′ N, 112° 0.938′ W. Marker is in Helena, Montana, in Lewis and Clark County. Marker is on East Lockey Avenue near Roberts Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1401 East Lockey Avenue, 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. Mitchell Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Unemployment Compensation Commission (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Livestock Building (about 400 feet away); Legislative Restaurant - Capital Annex (about 500 feet away); Original Headquarters - Montana Highway Patrol (about 500 feet away); Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free Land (about 500 feet away); Board of Health Building (about 500 feet away); Justice Building and Montana State Library (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helena.
 
Cogswell Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 15, 2021
2. Cogswell Building and Marker
Cogswell Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 15, 2021
3. Cogswell 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 333 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 27, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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