“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bozeman in Gallatin County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

Burr Fisher House

Burr Fisher House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 25, 2021
1. Burr Fisher House Marker
Inscription.  The 1915 Panama-California Exposition in San Diego raised the profile of the Mission style, and the style became popular among cosmopolitan Montanans through the 1930s. Built in 1909, this two-story Mission Style home, patterned on Southern California’s Spanish missions, was ahead of the trend. Burr and Jennie Fisher hired Montana’s premier architectural firm of Link and Haire to design their new home on a lot the couple purchased from Burr’s parents, who lived next door. Architect Fred Willson, then working for Link and Haire, likely led the project. Praised by the newspaper as “one of the most unique as well as prettiest residences in Bozeman,” the home featured stuccoed and painted brick-bearing walls, an arcaded porch with large arched openings, a curvilinear gable, and a hipped roof originally covered with Spanish clay tiles. A large brick double fireplace with thick wooden mantels, a built-in buffet, and oak-beamed and coffered ceilings show the architect’s attention to detail. Much of the original interior details survived and have been restored. In 1912, the Fishers moved to San Francisco. Dr. J. Franklin Blair, who established the
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Blair Sanitarium, a forerunner of the present-day Bozeman hospital, lived here from c. 1919 to 1927. The residence later became student housing, first for the sorority Pi Beta Phi and then, in 1939, as the “Men’s Coop,” under the ownership of the Montana State College Student Housing Association. The Association provided low-income housing, mostly for students, until 1983. That year, a new owner purchased the by-then dilapidated building and remodeled it once again into a single-family home.
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. 45° 40.318′ N, 111° 2.316′ W. Marker is in Bozeman, Montana, in Gallatin County. Marker is on South Willson Avenue near West College Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 712 South Willson Avenue, 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. Hamilton House (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles S. Hartman Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); 610 South Willson Avenue (about 400 feet away, measured in
Burr Fisher House and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 25, 2021
2. Burr Fisher House and Marker
a direct line); Robert A. Cooley (about 400 feet away); Byron Story Mansion (about 500 feet away); Mendenhall Residence (about 600 feet away); Susan Kirk Residence (approx. ¼ mile away); Alcoa-Lewis Residence (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bozeman.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 19, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 19, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 19, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Dec. 8, 2023