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

Holy Rosary Church Rectory

 
 
Holy Rosary Church Rectory Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 25, 2021
1. Holy Rosary Church Rectory Marker
Inscription.  Before the 1880s, Catholic missionary priests visited Bozeman about four times a year, holding Mass in private homes and rented halls. The community built its first Catholic church for the Holy Rosary Parish in 1885 at present day Seventh Street and Mendenhall Avenue. By 1905, the drafty wooden church had become dilapidated and the newly arrived Father J. B. Thompson led efforts to construct a “new and beautiful House of God.” In 1906, he arranged to purchase half a block of prime real estate at Main Street and Third Avenue. Dubuque, Iowa, architect Guido Beck designed the “glorious edifice” built of “granite brick” imported from Hebron, North Dakota. The towering Gothic Revival church was completed in 1908 over the objections of some parishioners, who believed that Bozeman’s small Catholic population did not justify such an expensive structure. Originally estimated to cost $35,000, the elegantly appointed church was completed for $65,000 (over approximately $1.17 million in 2009 dollars). In 1910, Father Leitham succeeded Father Thompson. “Building was one job every priest had in those days,” according to Father Leitham, and in 1912 he oversaw
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construction of the rectory. Fred F. Willson, who later became Bozeman’s premier architect, designed the rectory early in his career. The two-story brick building features Gothic arched windows and a detailed brick design along the roofline, visually linking the rectory to the church. The crenellated (notched) door surround evokes the image of a medieval castle, reinforcing the connection to the Gothic style.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 45° 40.747′ N, 111° 2.448′ W. Marker is in Bozeman, Montana, in Gallatin County. Marker is on West Main Street near South 3rd Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 220 West 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. Emil Ketterer Residence (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hotel Baxter (about 500 feet away); Dokken-Nelson Funeral Home (about 700 feet away); Bozeman High School (about 700 feet away); Frederick W. Bull House
Holy Rosary Church Rectory and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 25, 2021
2. Holy Rosary Church Rectory and Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Bozeman YMCA (approx. 0.2 miles away); 22 West Lamme (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. James Episcopal Church and Rectory (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bozeman.
 
Holy Rosary Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 25, 2021
3. Holy Rosary Church
 
 
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 87 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 14, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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