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Bozeman in Gallatin County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

Tivoli Beer Hall

Bozeman Main Street Historical District

Tivoli Beer Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 25, 2021
1. Tivoli Beer Hall Marker
Inscription.  Railroad anticipation sparked a frenzied building boom prompting a shortage of brick that postponed completion of this popular watering hole for nearly two years. Begun in 1880, Phil Skeehan’s Tivoli Beer Hall finally opened in 1882. William Beall was both designer and contractor. The Italianate style building originally featured four arched entries and an upstairs porch spanning the front. In the finely appointed second-floor lodgings, quiet was the only amenity lacking, since downstairs a main attraction was the music. Patrons turned around the spacious dance floor and revived at tables gaily decked with red-and-white gingham cloths. By 1910, John Fechter, who once played oboe in John Philip Sousa’s nationally renowned band, managed the Tivoli. As director of Bozeman’s German Band and the first conductor of the Bozeman Symphony, Fechter maintained the saloon’s “dance hall” tradition well into the 1920s. In August of 1960, Hartman-Mockel Menswear was established on the main floor. Bob Paynich and Bob Braaksma owned the successful enterprise by 1983.
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This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 45° 40.764′ N, 111° 2.194′ W. Marker is in Bozeman, Montana, in Gallatin County. Marker is on East Main Street near North Taylor Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17 East Main Street, Bozeman MT 59715, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gallatin Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Federal Building and Post Office (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bozeman YMCA (about 500 feet away); Gallatin Lodge No. 6 A.F. & A.M (about 500 feet away); Bozeman Carnegie Library (about 600 feet away); Hotel Baxter (about 600 feet away); Blackmore Apartments (about 700 feet away); St. James Episcopal Church and Rectory (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bozeman.
Tivoli Beer Hall and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 25, 2021
2. Tivoli Beer Hall and Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 14, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 14, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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